Genene Tefera, DVM, PhD
Microbial Genetic Resources Department, Institute of Biodiversity Conservation
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January, 2009
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA
Some of the health benefits of Spirulina are
• Encouraging weight loss
• Counteracting toxins in the body
• Helping purify the liver
• Increasing mental alertness
• Lowering blood cholesterol and excess triglycerides
• Helping fight viral infections
• Treating radiation sickness
• Enhancing ability to generate new blood cells
• Improving blood sugar problems
• Strengthening the nervous system
• Strengthening the immune system
• Removing toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body
• Improving healing of wounds
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A big and warm thank you goes out to Genene Tefera, DVM, PhD of the Microbial Genetic Resources Department, Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, and
to the institute itself for so kindly allowing us to use "SPIRULINA: The Magic Food", as the basis for our webpage about the spirulina health benefits!
If you want to learn more about spirulina health benefits you can read the book Earth Food Spirulina online here: Earth Food Spirulina - online spirulina book
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