What is Spirulina?

SpirulinaWhat is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae found primarily in salt water but may also be found in some fresh water lakes. Typically, spirulina is found in subtropical or tropical waters with high salt content. It can also be grown in controlled conditions. The spirulina grown under controlled conditions has less chance of being contaminated by environmental toxins. Most spirulina available in the United States is grown in laboratories.

Forms of Spirulina

Spirulina dosage depends on a number of factors including the patient’s age and health. The standard dose is 4-6 doses at 500 mg per day. However, it is important to consult your health care provider to ensure the dose is right for your health needs.

  • Pills – Capsules and tablets are ideal for those who do not get spirulina from fresh sources and do not want to mix a loose form into their food or drink.
  • Powders – Spirulina that has been freeze dried can be ground into a powder or flakes that can be added to recipes.
  • Liquid – Liquid spirulina can easily be added to drink recipes without changing the consistency of the beverage.

Many health foods, supplements, and products add spirulina to boost overall nutrition and health benefits.

Spirulina Uses

Spirulina is frequently used as a vegetarian source of fatty acids and complete protein which is typically only available in meat products. Studies indicate it may also promote weight loss and have a variety of other medicinal uses.

Read through this site to learn more about how using spirulina can help improve your health.