Spirulina, a ‘superfood’ made from algae, could help to reduce blood pressure, according to a study. It is widely used in supplements and smoothies for a host of conditions including weight loss, hay fever, PMS and diabetes.

Spirulina, scientifically called arthrospira platensis, is technically a type of bacteria.

The spirulina triggered relaxation of the artery, a process called vasodilatory action, which can help lower blood pressure by increasing the amount of blood pumped in one motion.

Here are some of the celebrities that use spirulina:

Miranda KerrMiranda Kerr said she was a fan of spirulina in her smoothies as it was the ‘most complete food source in the world’, containing protein, iron, potassium and many other minerals

Miranda Kerr shared her favourite healthy smoothie recipe with Mary Quincy: ‘I make my own superfood smoothie with maca powder, acai powder, spirulina, cacao powder, coconut oil and chia seeds, which is alkalising and nutrient dense.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is said to have used spirulina ans it’s listed as a ‘miracle food’ on her website.

While Oprah Winfrey was said to have used a supplement of spirulina to level out her blood sugar while losing weight.

Kate MiddletonKate Middleton has been said to use spirulina in a morning and afternoon smoothie, alongside kale, matcha (green tea powder), spinach, romaine, cilantro and blueberries.

Researchers at the Mediterranean Neurological Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, isolated certain molecules from the spirulina to test its health benefits.

The spirulina triggered relaxation of the artery, a process called vasodilatory action, which can help lower blood pressure by increasing the amount of blood pumped in one motion.

This is an effect caused by nitric oxide, a chemical known for maintaining healthy blood pressure.

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