Spirulina is a blue-green algae known to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits. Lately, it has been popularly used as a dietary supplement.
Spirulina has generally been considered to be safe, however, according to healthline.com, it may have various dangerous side effects as a result of contamination of harmful compounds that can worsen certain health conditions. For instance, if harvested from water polluted by toxins, Spirulina can thin your blood and increase the length of time it takes for blood to clot. Spirulina can also worsen autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some persons may be allergic, and those with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare inherited condition, should avoid it.
Minor side effects of Spirulina may include nausea, insomnia, and headaches.
Should you stop using Spirulina?
According to healthline.com, if you purchase Spirulina from trusted brands, risk of contamination can be reduced However, there is no guarantee that Spirulina products are 100% contaminant-free.
It is advised to avoid Spirulina if you have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinners. While some studies suggest that Spirulina does not affect blood clotting time, there is still not enough evidence of its effects on persons who are already taking blood thinners.
It is advised to avoid Spirulina if you have an autoimmune condition, allergies or PKU as well.
***Suga thinks the best precaution is to consult your Doctor if you are unsure whether this supplement is right for you.***
[Source (Evidence based): http://www.healthline.com: What Are the Side Effects and Dangers of Spirulina? – By SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD on June 14, 2019]
By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist)
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