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Doctor insights on: Spirulina And Arthritis

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Is it okay to take spirulina?

Is it okay to take spirulina?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How good for you is spirulina?

How good for you is spirulina?

Spirulina: Spirulina is a blue green algae very rich in vitamins and nutrients and is considered a power whole food with numerous benefits and should be a part of all of our daily diets. Read more

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Is spirulina supplement good?

Is spirulina supplement good?

Not especially: Spirulina is blue-green algae found in salt water and some fresh water lakes. It is a source of protein, B-vitamins and iron. Some have promoted it as a weight loss or fatigue treatment but there isn't much scientific evidence to support great effectiveness for blue-green algae supplements. It is no better than meat, fish or milk as a source of protein, but is much more expensive per gram. Read more

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Can someone with renal failure have spirulina?

Can someone with renal failure have spirulina?

May be helpful but..: Little research has been done on this. Studies on rats suggest that spirulina protects kidneys from various toxins such as mercury & the drug cisplatin. On the other hand, there is evidence that spirulina can sometimes worsen autoimmune disease, so one should be cautious if the cause is autoimmune. There are other useful supplements for renal failure including cordyceps and coq10. See comments:. Read more

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Could spirulina cause temporary/permanent weight gain?

Could spirulina cause temporary/permanent weight gain?

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

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Suffering hypothyroid how much spirulina should I take?

Suffering hypothyroid how much spirulina should I take?

None: Spirulina is a dietary supplement that has no legitimate studies showing that it is of value in people with thyroid disease. Read more

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Is spirulina negatively interacting with warfarin? Thank you

Is spirulina negatively interacting with warfarin? Thank you

Yes: Spirulina has high vitamin k content, which will increase your INR while on warfarin. You can still take it as a supplement, but the important thing is to be consistent - keep doing what you've been doing and you'll be fine. Read more

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What to do if I heard that spirulina can be grown in the ocean?

What to do if I heard that spirulina can be grown in the ocean?

Yes: It is cultivated using deep ocean water in hawai. It is cultivated using 100% deep ocean water. Read more

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Am I right that it's no issue to take spirulina without drinking any water?

No: I would never advise swallowing any pills without a water or another liquid. Pills can get stuck in the esophagus and cause damage. Read more

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Could Spirulina be contaminated with water toxins or loaded with heavy metals?

Could Spirulina be contaminated with water toxins or loaded with heavy metals?

Yes, but not "loaded": Spirulina absorbs heavy metals and may help treat heavy metal toxicity. If grown in an environment with high metals it can contain them, but even those brands with heavy metals have relatively low amounts. Some spirulina products are contaminated with other algae that contain toxic microcystins. You can find brands certified free of metals & microcystins. See my comments for links to more info. Read more

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Please help docs! Will spirulina help to recover from white patches on my skin?

Please help docs! Will spirulina help to recover from white patches on my skin?

Not Likely: The real question is "what are those white patches? ". A number or conditions could be causing this ranging from benign skin infections, allergy to autoimmune conditions. Best to have it checked by your doctor. Read more

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Is chlorella good for hairgrowth? What are the benefits of taking it over spirulina?

Is chlorella good for hairgrowth? What are the benefits of taking it over spirulina?

Green food: Spirulina and chlorella are both powerful green foods, full of antioxidants, b vitamins, minerals and chlorophyl. Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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