Spirulina vs. smoking

Breaking news I believe: a paper published the Missouri Medicine journal states that spirulina as “having potential for mitigating the pro-oxidative effects of tobacco smoke aldehydes and ketones” and calls for more research on the subject, as the use of spirulina “merits exploration as a strategy for moderating the pathogenic impact of smoking in chronic tobacco users who either fail to quit or refuse to try cessation of tobacco”. I wouldn’t stop there: second-hand smoke is also a major killer and we are all exposed to tobacco smoke, be it as active smokers or passively. This could be potentially great news for pretty much everybody.

Smoking kills. But spirulina may help. CC-by by J'ram DJ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jram23/3930592049/)

How would spirulina manage such a feat?

The research team hypothesizes this positive benefit of spirulina on the basis of a study of one of its key phytochemicals called phycocyanobilin, one of several unique blue pigments in spirulina. Studies on both rodents and human cell cultures show that this potent pigment inhibits the activity of several of tobacco smoke’s damaging compounds in vascular tissues and the lungs, thus possibly reducing the risk factors for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, including lung cancer.

We’re staying tuned!


The reference paper: “Carvedilol and spirulina may provide important health protection to smokers and other nicotine addicts: a call for pertinent research” in Missouri Medecine 2015 Jan-Feb;112(1):72-5.

Disclaimer: our citing a study involving animal experimentation should not be taken as a mark of endorsement of the methods used. We are very much against the use of animal testing and can read more on our policy on the subject here.

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