Spirulina is a blue green algae mostly found in Asia, Africa, and Central America. It has been commercialized because of its hundreds of health benefits. It is called “future food” and “super food” by food companies. It contains much more vitamins than a typical synthetic vitamin or any vegetarian meal. It also has essential and non-essential amino acids that are ten times more than meat.
Spirulina contains approximately 100 nutrients and minerals. Furthermore, it has fatty acids that help reduce bad cholesterol in our body and antioxidants that help strengthen our immune system, fight free radicals and slow down aging process. It is recommended to people whose intake of nutritious food is inadequate. Today, this food is made into supplements, mostly in tablet forms for easier consumption.
Spirulina is proven to be well tolerated by human consumers. Studies even show that tested animals and humans who are given massive doses presented with minimal to no toxic effects. Spirulina side effects are very rare and mild.
Edema, or swelling of the body, is one possible side effect. It is due to difficulty of some people’s kidneys to filter all contents of spirulina. So, if you know that you have a history of any kidney problems, consult your doctor first.
Fever may be expected due to increased cellular metabolism caused by the proteins in the supplement. Another is digestive problem due to difficulty in digesting the contents of spirulina. You may experience flatulence and abdominal pain. Once these are encountered, you should drink plenty of water.
Very few people may suffer from severe spirulina side effects though. Two are known so far–liver toxicity and heavy metal contamination. So, it is highly important to take recommended dosage per day only. Do not go beyond that to avoid toxicity. Another significant note is to make sure that your supplier is safe and approved by food and drug administrations.
For mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding, there are no studies about how spirulina affects their condition, so it is better to avoid intake of supplement until it is proven to be safe.
With safe usage and proper health practice, we can maximize the benefits of spirulina and avoid effects that can harm our bodies.