Name: Spirulina maxima, Spirulina platensis
Names: Spirulina, Blue-green algae
Spirulina is particularly rich in protein, containing all of the essential amino acids.
Spirulina also contains carotenoids, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Spirula may help in:
• weight loss and obesity
There are no scientific studies attesting to the efficacy of this herb.
Individuals who do not consume several servings of vegetables per day could benefit from the carotenoids and other nutrients in spirulina. Since it is a complete protein, it can be used in place of some of the protein in a healthy diet.
Spirulina, or blue-green algae, belongs to a group of 1,500 species of microscopic aquatic plants. The two most common species used for human consumption are Spirulina maxima and Spirulina platensis.
Spirulina grows in some lakes, particularly those rich in salts, in Central and South America and Africa. It is also grown in outdoor tanks specifically to be harvested for nutritional supplements.
Can be taken as a powder, flakes, capsules, or tablets.
2,000-3,000 mg per day divided throughout the day.
There are no side effects reported with spirulina. However, since spirulina can accumulate heavy metals from contaminated water, consuming spirulina from such areas can increase the body’s load of lead, mercury, and cadmium.
Few people have developed allergic reaction when consuming this herb. If you develop any adverse reaction when consuming this herb, stop the consumption immediately and check with your doctor.
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