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Sunrise over waterSpirulina is a microalgae found around the world in hot, sunny climates and alkaline waters. It is an excellent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), vitamin B12, vitamin A, and linolenic and arachidonic acids. Spirulina contains a high level of protein, amino acids, and nucleic acids (RNA/DNA). This is a good nutrient source for vegetarians.

  • It is a very digestible food that may help protect and stimulate the immune system to fight off viruses such as herpes simplex, mumps, measles, and the flu.
  • Spirulina may help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • It may also help reduce post-exercise soreness.
  • Spirulina’s high protein content may help stabilize blood sugar levels between meals in a person who is hypoglycemic.

Sources of Spirulina
It is commercially available dried and freeze-dried, and in pill or powder form. The most commonly used products are spirulina maxima (Mexican) and spirulina platensis (California).

Guidelines and Cautions
The standard dose is 500 mg daily.

  • If pregnant/nursing or taking medication on a regular basis, consult a medical professional prior to taking spirulina.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of SpineUniverse.com, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 03/16/16
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George D. Picetti, III, MD
In reviewing the above supplements several observations were noted. First of all there are no scientific papers that review the efficacy of these supplements in refereed journals. Therefore we are not able to comment on how effective they are on a scientific level. These supplements are not held to the same standards as other medications, and thus the dose and concentration may differ among different brands or companies. Although many people claim to have good results from taking these and other supplements, it is always best to discuss this with your doctor before taking these supplements. If you are taking any supplement and are scheduled for surgery, it is imperative that you tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Some of these supplements can cause significant changes in your body’s chemical functions, such as slowing blood clot formation, which can be a serious problem during surgery.
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