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.
- 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.
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