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Diseases Caused By Spirulina
No: It's nothing but aquatic bacteria that contain chlorophyll. Like everything else, they contain some biomolecules but the stuff itself won't do anything. It's been around for decades without any real research. If you're interested in the fascinating but bewildering world of botanicals and supplements, get with an evidence-based holist who can be your guide. ...Read more
I am anaemic and hv low platelets. Am on prednisolene and imuran (azathioprine). Can i take spirulina cause i heard its good?
Talk to your PCP: It is important to know the cause of your low platlet count and anemia. Perhaps the disease causing it requires you to be on Prednisone and Imuran (azathioprine) and so may represent an exacerbation of the condition. Don't take any supplements till you have spoken to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Widely available: Spirulina is readily available at health food stores & even pharmacies like walgreen's, as well as from many online sources such as amazon.Com, swanson vitamins & iherb.Com it's not very hard to find some! ...Read more
Unclear: Rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may help protect cells from damage. It contains b complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin e, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid. Can be contaminated with toxic substances called microcystins and absorb heavy metals from water source. Yet, no studies definitively proving health benefits so best to avoid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If using this . . .: . . . Most recommend about 3 grams a day. Spirulina is a highly nutrient-dense food -- more protein than beef, chicken, or soybeans, plus it has all 8 essential Amino Acids too. Also high in gamma-linolenic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, vitamin b12, iron, etc. Need to be sure you have an uncontaminated product though. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/spirulina-000327.htm/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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