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Biological Name: Spirulina platensis, Spirulina maximaSpirulina

Other Names: Blue-green algae, Spirulina

Active Components:  Spirulina is characterized by especially high concentration of protein, and the entire range of amino acids.

Additionally, the herb includes vital fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and carotenoids.

Used For: Spirulina is an effective remedy for obesity and weight control.

There is no clinical evidence with regard to Spirulina effectiveness. However, it may replace carotenoids and various nutritional substances contained in a dozen of vegetable servings. Due to its high protein content, Spirulina may serve as a substitute for protein-containing products in a balanced diet.

Additional Info: Spirulina is a member of a wide family, containing more than a thousand species of aquatic herbs. It’s a blue-green alga, and its widely applied variants are Spirulina platensis and Spirulina maxima.

Spirulina can be found in salty lakes, particularly in Africa, as well as South and Central America. It is specially raised in outside containers to be added to food supplements.

Preparation and Intake: Commonly used in form of tablets, capsules, flakes, and powders.

The usual dose is 2-3 grams per day.

Safety: Spirulina has not yet been reported to produce adverse effects. Though, due to the fact that spirulina is prone to gathering heavy metals from water where wastes are poured, taking spirulina produced from such water may lead to high concentration of cadmium, mercury and lead in the organism.

There are several cases of allergy to spirulina. If you notice any side effects on your body after taking spirulina, quit using it and consult your physician immediately.