The Incredible Benefits of Spirulina for Diabetes Patients

Last updated on July 3rd, 2023

Clinical studies on thousands of diabetes patients around the world have shown a number of benefits that make Spirulina a safe nutritional supplement for daily intake by diabetes patients. Many conventional Doctors already acknowledge the powerful effects of spirulina for diabetes and recommend it to their patients as a means to improve their well being, and even beat this condition to a certain extent. So, without further due, here are a few of the most notable benefits of spirulina for diabetes patients.

Spirulina lowers blood sugar levels naturally

A long-term study carried out over 30 years ago among 1297 patients with type 1 Diabetes produced immense improvement over just one year. It proved to balance blood sugar levels and prevented the side effects of the disease.

Spirulina strengthens the effect of insulin

A study, published in 2013, examined the anti-diabetic effect of spirulina on diabetes patients. Researchers used extracts of Phycocyanin from spirulina, the antioxidant that gives spirulina its strong blue color.

The study led researchers to the conclusion that Phycocyanin found in spirulina stimulates the body’s insulin function, improves the peripheral tissue’s insulin resistance, and regulates the glock-lipid metabolism of the patient. It is thus endowed with a broad therapeutic potential for type 2 diabetes.

Spirulina prevents and improves neuropathic conditions

Another study, published in 2015, led researchers to declare that Spirulina as a dietary supplement is particularly effective in treating neurological degeneration-including the treatment and prevention of neurological damage leading to diabetic nephropathy (and or other degenerative diseases like Parkinson disease). The stinging sensation, numbness, paralysis and functional impairment of limbs, were all favorably affected when the intake of spirulina balanced sugar levels in the body.

The study concluded that the effect of Phycocyanin in Spirulina also leads to a significant improvement in the treatment and prevention of diabetic neuropathy.

Spirulina lowers liver fat

Fatty liver is one of the most common liver disease in the West. Its side effects almost inevitably lead to diabetes, particularly in obese patients. Spirulina consumption helps the body’s ability to overcome a tendency to oxidize fat, and strengthens the body’s sensitivity to insulin, achieving a state of balance.

The latest study, published in January 2016, shows how Spirulina caused an improvement in insulin resistance-diabetes, and led to a complete reversal of the diabetic condition in which lipids of the liver, kidneys and heart cells oxidize resulting in injuries. Spirulina antioxidants are so powerful, they can prevent lipid oxidation.

Spirulina assists in healing wounds and ulcers and restores blood vessels

Another study examined the effects of Spirulina on healing wounds, a common problem in diabetics TYPE 1. Researchers saw an outstanding therapeutic potential, and encouraged pursuing intake of spirulina and further research to maximize the potential of blue-green algae on diabetics.

A Few Things to Bear in Mind

You should also beware that this article does not recommend interrupting your prescribed medical treatment and taking spirulina instead. If you’re trying spirulina for the first time, start from 1 gr per day, and add another gram everyday until you reach the daily amount recommended by your medical advisor. Read about the powerful nutrients you can get from 1 tablespoon of spirulina per day.

Diabetes patients should be extra careful with the quality of their Spirulina. We recommend to always check your sources and only go for high quality Spirulina.

Further documentation on the benefits of spirulina for Diabetic Patients

Non-randomized Pre-Post StudyNakaya et al. in the first human study, gave 4.2 g day−1 of Spirulina to 15 male volunteers and, although there was no significant increase in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, they observed a significant reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol after 8 weeks of treatment. The atherogenic effect also declined significantly in the above group.Nakaya N, Homa Y, Goto Y. Cholesterol lowering effect of Spirulina. Atherosclerosis. 1988;37:1329–1337.
Non-randomized Pre-Post StudyRamamoorthy administered Spirulina supplements in ischemic heart disease patients and found a significant reduction in blood cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol.Ramamoorthy A, Premakumari S. Effect of supplementation of Spirulina on hypercholesterolemic patients. Journal of Food Science and Technology.1996;33(2):124–128.
Non-randomized Pre-Post StudyMani et al. in a clinical study, found a significant reduction in LDL:HDL ratio and glycated proteins in 15 diabetic patients who were given Spirulina.Mani UV, Desai S, Iyer U. Studies on the long-term effect of Spirulina supplementation on serum lipid profile and glycated proteins in NIDDM patients. Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medical Foods. 2000;2(3):25–32.
Double Blind Cross-over Study2.8 g of Spirulina thwice a day over a period of 4 weeks showed a small but statistically significant reduction of body weight in obese outpatients.Becker EW, Jakober B, Luft D, and et al. Clinical and biochemical evaluations of the alga spirulina with regard to its application in the treatment of obesity. A double-blind cross-over study. Nutr Report Internat 1986;33:565-574.

To Conclude

These studies are a drop in the ocean, providing but a small example of Spirulina’s ability to produce therapeutic healing on the side effects of diabetes. Thus Spirulina can contribute directly to the quality of life and health of diabetic patients.

12 Responses


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  2. kaye Reply

    Madam Dista,

    I`m just concern about my father’s issue of her illness.
    Last time he going to a doctor to check up.
    the doctor said my father’s illness is a kind of diabetes.
    what kind of symptom he feels.
    Can you please explain to me. thank you also for sharing this loving article.

    • Ditsa Keren Reply

      Hi Kaye,
      Unfortunately, I am not qualified to provide your father with medical advice. The internet is full of information about the symptoms of diabetes, but if I may suggest, I would try to focus on his well being rather than his symptoms. And have him take lots of spirulina from a reliable quality source.
      Here’s to his good health!

  3. Sanjay Kumar Yadav Reply

    My father is suffering from High suger more than 300mg.And his weight is also decreasing day by day he now 38 kg.He Woking very hard,.for my family and he is 46 yr old.
    Can spirulina be used as blood sugar controller..plzz sujjest me sir….

    I willl be very thanks full

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  5. Kafui Reply

    My mother is 67 years and suffering from type2 diabetes. Can she take spirulina plus metformin to control the glucose in her blood?

    • Ditsa Keren Reply

      I’m no doctor but as far as i know, spirulina should be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of diabetes and, since spirulina is a food and not a drug, I dont think there should be any interaction with the Metformin. In any case I suggest you consult with your mother’s doctor.

  6. Sonithe Reply

    Three months ago I constantly had to go to the bathroom. I thought it was because I gave up soft drinks and was only drinking water. One day I had a stomachache. I was in bed for 4 days. The doctor’s appointment was for a Wednesday. I got sick and went to emergency room on a Monday. I was told my blood sugar level was 810 and I have diabetes. Since then, I eat better, take better care of myself and went from 260 to 220 lbs.and was thirsty all the time. One day I got extremely sick, could not keep anything down, had blurry vision, a rapid heartbeat, and began hyperventilating. taking metformin 1000 mg twice daily. I am writing this to inform others that nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the metformin (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on Diabetes herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the Diabetes natural herbal formula. i am now doing very well, Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email Info@ healthherbalclinic. net

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