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New research suggests Spirulina maxima may halt – and even reverse – liver damage caused by certain anti-tuberculosis drugs.

It’s so much greener, kale seems transparent in comparison. It’s protein-packed and sustainable. It’s the ultimate superfood. And now, new research suggests that spirulina can fight off the damage caused by medications.

A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggest that Spirulina maxima can help prevent liver damage induced by two common anti-tuberculosis treatments. The study was noted on foodconsumer.org.

Not only was the microscopic blue green algae able to prevent liver damage in rodents when given along with the medications, it actually seemed to restore liver function damaged by the drugs in rats whose livers had already been damaged by the medications. The spirulina seemed to restore liver function in just two weeks of daily supplementation.

Tuberculosis is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest global killer due to a single infectious agent. 8.6 million people were sickened with TB and 1.3 million died from it in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.

The research “revealed remarkable prophylactic and therapeutic potential of Spirulina maxima,” according to the study’s conclusion. “ Co-administration of Spirulina maxima and antituberculosis drugs is advantageous as it provides extra nutritional benefit.”

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