Table of contents:
We often tend to associate green foods with nutrition and health, with natural vegetables and fruits. Green has even become a symbol of green, and that further increases its positive connotations. However, finding that color on my plate doesn't always make a good impression on me and that's what happened to me when I first saw spirulina supplement pills and they assured me it was a true superfood.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a single-celled organism from the group of blue-green algae (which are not actually algae and are not even from the plant kingdom) that grow in salt water and some freshwater lakes and can be found on all continents. Spirulina, which owes its name to its spiral shape, is indeed high in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and antioxidants. As a nutritional supplement, spirulina is commercially available in powder, lozenge, or flake form, and most of that consumed in the United States is produced in laboratories.
Pros and cons of its consumption
Although recently adopted by the western world, spirulina has been used for centuries as a food source by the Aztecs and other American Indians, and may even have been as early as the 7th century in the ancient reign of Chad. Although almost all sources agree on their dietary and medicinal values, there are also numerous claims about possible risks, interactions with other foods or medications, and many toxicological studies have even been conducted. That's why it's safer for you to refer to an authority like the National Institutes of Health to find out about the latest research being done, its effectiveness, and possible side effects and complications.
As with almost all supplements, it is recommended that before starting to take it, consult your doctor to determine if you should do it and what would be the appropriate doses in your case.