Spirulina Side Effects: Spirulina is a Cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) which is one of the oldest forms on earth. It is a free floating microalga growing in alkaline water bodies. It is a nutrient which holds almost complete protein than any other vegetarian foods. Dried Spirulina contains around 60-70% protein in it. Spirulina can be highly recommended for Vegans and Vegetarians who are lacking Iron in their diet. It is high in nutrients and low in calories. It is used as a nutraceutical food supplement worldwide. It is rich in vitamin A, B, E and k, calcium, magnesium, essential amino acids, and antioxidants. People consume it orally in many forms such as capsules, powder, flakes or tablets for several benefits. It is usually added to fruit juices and smoothies. One ounce of Spirulina contains 81 calories, 39g of protein, 1g of dietary fiber, 0.9g of sugar. In addition, it contains 85% of copper, 44% of iron,60% of Riboflavin, 44% of thiamine of daily value.
Pinch of advantages:
Spirulina provides countless benefits such as boosting immunity,
- reducing fatigue,
- fighting allergies,
- lowering blood pressure,
- reducing cholesterol,
- improving ADHD,
- decreasing the risk of stroke and eliminating candida.
- Further, it helps in preventing memory loss and Parkinson’s disease.
- It prevents cancer, assists with weight loss and endures.
Though Spirulina serves too many advantages, it can turn harmful when Spirulina is grown in unsafe conditions, it contains a high level of microcystins which are extremely toxic to the liver. It has life-threatening side effects.
Side – effects:-
Some of the side- effects are,
- Stomach cramps,
- nausea and vomiting,
- liver damage,
- rapid heartbeat,
- shock, weakness,
- increased thirst
Apart from this, it can cause dreadful side effects when consumed by certain people.
Not ideal for individuals who have:-
- autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. This Superfood already enhances the immune system. So, it may do more harm than good. It weakens the effect of immunosuppressants which are used to treat autoimmune diseases.
- People who consume anti-coagulants must avoid Spirulina. They also should not be taken with herbal supplements that slow blood clotting as it could increase a person’s risk of bleeding.
- Pregnant women or nursing must avoid Spirulina.
- Lastly, those with Phenylketonuria or Pku must avoid Spirulina. Individuals with this condition cannot metabolize phenylalanine which aggravates the symptoms of the disease.
So, I would like to conclude that Spirulina is an amazing Superfood derived from nature. Though advantageous, it can turn harmful when not cultured and consumed by the right people in the right manner.