Cyanobacteria SPIRULINA POWDER Dr. Kumar Pati, USA

Cyanobacteria

SPIRULINA POWDER

Dr. Kumar Pati, USA

 

Spirulina is a genus of the phylum Cyanobacteria, recognized as a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (a type of antioxidant that can help protect cells from damage).  It is a popular food supplement introduced inJapanand is currently marketed in theUnited Statesas a nutritional supplement.   It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linoleric acid (an essential fatty acid).  Spirulina, like any blue-green algae, can be contaminated with toxic substances called microcystins, and can also absorb heavy metals when present in the water it inhabits.  For these reasons, it is important to buy Spirulina from a trusted brand.

Test tube and animal studies suggest Spirulina may boost the immune system, help protect against allergic reactions, and have antiviral and anticancer properties.  However, there is no proof that Spirulina has these, or any, benefits in humans.  More research is needed to fully understand how or whether Spirulina benefits people.  Other beneficial claims for Spirulina include putative antiviral, hypocholelesteroleminc, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-allergic and immune-modulatory activities.  The pharmacokinetics of Spirulina in humans has not been studied.  However, the proteins, lipids and carbohydrates provided by Spirulina undergo normal physiological processes in accordance to digestion, absorption, and metabolism.

 

Spirulina has shown some indication of having antiviral effects in animal studies as well as in preliminary in vitro studies.  It has shown some promise of in habiting some allergic reactions in recent experimental trials.  And, hypocholesterolemic effects have been reported in some animal studies.

Due to the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, you should take dietary supplements only under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider.  However, Spirulina appears safe, even in high doses.  Unfortunately, it can be contaminated with other substances that can become toxic.  It is important to buy a reputable brand of Spirulina.  If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your physician before taking Spirulina.  Individuals with the metabolic condition phenylketonuria (PKU)

should avoid taking Spirulina.  This rare condition enables the body to metabolize phenylalanine, which is one of the many amino acids Spirulina is rich in.  Persons with autoimmune diseases, wuch as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus, should also avoid Spriulina because it could stimulate the immune system, thus worsening the body’s condition.

There are various forms of Spirulina supplements, including capsules, tablets, flakes and powders.  Spirulina is also found in some functions foods and in combination with “green food” products alongside barley grass, chlorella and wheat grass.  Doses range from 250 mg to5 gramsdaily.  Although Spirulina has been used in children, the safe and effective dose for those less that 18 years of age has not yet been established.  Children should consult medical professionals before taking Spirulina.  Consult a health care provider to determine the right dosage for you.  A standard dose consists of 4-5 tablets (500 mg each) per day.

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One response to this post.

  1. hello Dr. Kumar,
    you seems to be very determined person in your profession. amazing and helpful content you did share here..thank you so much 🙂

    Reply

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