Reviewed by George D. Picetti, III, MD

Spirulina 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.

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.

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