Spirulina is a type of blue-green microalgae consisting of microscopic and corkscrew-shaped filaments. Spirulina can be found in Africa, Asia and Central America and is named because of its spiral shape.
Health benefits of spirulina
There are lots of beneficial effects of spirulina including lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, helping prevent oral cancer, and improving immune system. It may also combat against diabetes, boost energy, and alleviate sinus issues.
There is, however, not enough evidence to prove the effectiveness and more scientific research is required.
Spirulina supplements are available in powder, capsule and tablet forms.
There are potential spirulina side effects reported by individuals who had experienced autoimmune reactions after using it. The side effects may involve headache, allergic reaction, muscle pain, sweating, and insomnia. However, spirulina is considered nontoxic and safe for most people.
There is not enough scientific data to provide a recommended dose of spirulina. Dosage in clinic trails varies from 1 gram to 10 grams per day.
Safety and effectiveness in pregnancy and breastfeeding is unknown. Therefore if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, choose the safe side and avoid use.