Learn About Spirulina
Do you want to learn about spirulina (Also Chlorella & Maca) and the conditions it might be helpful with? This is our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page about Spirulina with links to supporting articles and pages on our site. We also have a few other subjects that we hope you will also find interesting.
You may find Spirulina to be helpful to you. As a super food, it has been found to be a useful supplement for a wide range of conditions, supporting physical activities and for different parts of the body*. We have experienced this ourselves with a complete turnaround in our health. We have also researched it for a wide range of conditions which are listed here on our Spirulina FAQs.
There are however some pre-existing conditions where it is not a good idea, these too are highlighted below.
Check Out the Different Summaries
Please review the different summaries and click through to the appropriate pages to learn more. Don’t forget to check out the history of spirulina which you may find quite surprising.
“You are what you eat”. Spirulina helps you best from the inside out. Spirulina has been found in a study to be one of the building blocks, DNA related, for the vegetables that we eat. Providing of course you have a securely sourced, contamination free supply.
Spirulina may be helpful to you for a wide range of conditions, activities and for different parts of your body that we have experienced personally or have researched. Please review these summaries and click through to the appropriate page to learn more.
“Agent Orange“. We understand it was used to help detox people who suffered from Agent Orange poisoning in Cambodia/Vietnam.
Alzheimer’s: Studies have found that “Spirulina might prevent loss of memory and reduce oxidative damage”. This page with links to supporting studies, describes how Spirulina might help Alzheimer’s sufferers
Anti-Ageing skin care: After you have read this page you might want to dispense with many of your expensive creams and lotions. And save a lot of money in the process. Seriously, we feel rejuvenated! And look it too! Why do you think so many celebrities and members of the Royal Family, rave about spirulina or quietly keep it as “their” little secret? This is a must read for those looking to slow down the development of wrinkles.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), the Spirulina superfood might help you or a loved one with ADD, Why not give it a try? Check out this article with a study highlighting how the spirulina super food may help ADD.
Autism. Does spirulina help autism beyond helping with good nutrition? In some cases, it seems to help. Check this blog for the evidence. If you are interested in learning more about autism, you might find this personal experience, from a Mother with an autistic child interesting or helpful.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), the Spirulina superfood might help you or a loved one with BPD, particularly if you suffer from problems with your gut or IBS Why not give it a try?* Learn more via this click through.
Brain Food: The stomach and brain connection is a fact. The gut is even referred to as being ‘The second brain‘. Not long ago, it was discovered that the gut and brain are connected by one of the body´s largest nerves called the vagus nerve. Learn more how having a healthy gut is important for our brain health and how spirulina can help your brain!
Body Detox: Spirulina is a terrific way to detox. It’s been used in some pretty extreme circumstances to help detox people from “agent orange” poisoning in Vietnam and Cambodia to Radiation poisoning in Chernobyl, Ukraine. But you can use it just to boost your own health and “detox”. If it can help in extreme circumstance, just imagine what it can do for your body to rejuvenate those organs you might have abused over the years, eating and drinking too much!
Buy Quality Spirulina or Maca: We´ve reduced the risk for you by researching the better suppliers. Those people that complain about “not liking” or having “had a bad experience,” may have purchased contaminated supplies. This is a risk, particularly if you buy “the cheapest”. The idea is to improve your health taking these supplements or adding spirulina powder to smoothies or meals. We can recommend the following; suppliers.
Cancer: We have unearthed evidence that suggests spirulina may be helpful with a range of different cancers, in particular with prevention. Check this click through to learn more, how this powerful antioxidant may be able to help you.* With 3 grams of spirulina the equivalent of 3 kg of mixed fruit and vegetables, is it a surprise?
Carefully choose the spirulina you are going to buy. We cannot emphasise this enough. Where you obtain your Spirulina from is so important. Getting this right is essential. Some suppliers e.g. from China do not conform to strict best practice standards. So if you are not going to grow your own, we currently only suggest the suppliers that you can find via this click through. Many people that have complained “it made me sick” purchased cheap or contaminated supplies. Or they did not understand that it would detox them first and had some of the symptoms we experienced and are described on our page about how much spirulina to take. Getting the supply right is critical. This page makes some suggestions as to where.
Celebrities & Spirulina – HRH Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Miranda Kerr all seem to be spirulina enthusiasts and may explain their energy and zest for life. “You look so good for your age” It does ours. We are researching an article for the site.
Chlorella is also considered to be a natural superfood, similar but different to Spirulina. Spirulina has more protein than Chlorella, about 60%, compared to Chlorella`s 40% protein. Chlorella is reported to be great for cleaning the blood stream, so possibly better than spirulina for detox purposes (& spirulina is fantastic! for detox) and helps to clean the bowel by keeping the blood stream clean and so helps to protect the liver.*
It is said, that Chlorella also helps to balance blood sugar and through this, supports pancreatic functions, brain, and heart function. It is also said that like spirulina, it helps with the normalisation of blood pressure too. It’s also reported, to be helpful to maintain white blood cells, for those undertaking radiation therapy or chemotherapy for cancer, helping to prevent Leukopenia and might help to slow cancer cells. However, the evidence is sparse. Chlorella is also said to be helpful with the repair of nerve tissue damage, so possibly an ideal supplement for people with degenerative brain and nerve disorders*. Please carefully note, unlike spirulina, for which there are numerous studies and evidence, there are far fewer studies for chlorella. Many of the claims we found, seem to be based on anecdotal evidence. Please see our blog for what we have found.
We further understand that Chlorella, has “a high concentration of iodine”, so you should check with your Dr if this might be an issue for you. Please check with your Doctor before using Chlorella, particularly if you are taking any other medications.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: If you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, this article describes how spirulina might offer you a solution or at least a possible way to help you mitigate your symptoms. Learn more here.
Dementia: This page explores how spirulina appears to help with symptoms of dementia and how it might help the brain and memory*. Spirulina appears to generally help cognitive health, beyond the elderly suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson´s disease. There is growing evidence that gut health is linked to brain health, check this click through to learn more.
Dental Plaque: If you need yet another reason to try spirulina, we have found evidence in a study that spirulina can possibly help to reduce dental plaque and gingivitis, discover more via this click through.
Detox: Been eating and drinking too much? Spirulina can help you “detox”. You will be amazed how much energy you have after you have taken it for a while. It has been used in some extreme circumstances to help detox people, e.g. in Vietnam and Cambodia with “agent orange” poisoning and radiation poisoning in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Imagine what it can do to help your body too if you have abused it over the years, eating and drinking too much! Come on admit to it, we have all done it on occasions! Learn more here.
Diet. What can you do as a simple way to improve your diet? Good nutrition and a healthy diet has always been important, but in a post Covid-19 world, it is going to be even more important. This article explains more.
Eyes: We have noticed how spirulina strengthens our eyes. But there is also evidence from studies that it can help your eyes. Whilst this link focuses on Macular Degeneration, this page also discusses the benefits to the eyes and why.
Exercise and Working Out at the Gym: Are you a regular gym goer? Or suffer from insufficient energy to work out for long periods? Spirulina might be a solution for you. Discover more via this click through.
Increase your energy. Many celebrities take spirulina to help them with their hectic lifestyles. We discovered this before we had had heard these celebrities were taking it as their “secret” ingredient for energy, vitality and to keep their skin and hair looking beautiful & shiny. Now you can too.
Fatigue: Do you suffer from bouts of fatigue or tiredness during the working day? Even after a good night`s sleep? You might want to consider learning how spirulina may help you. We wish we had known this years ago. It is so much better than so called “energy” drinks, that are packed with sugar.
Fatty Liver: One of the original reasons a member of the team started to take Spirulina, was to help overcome his Fatty Liver. From personal experience, we know it has helped us. This article provides some supporting clinical and academic reasons as to why it helps those suffering from Fatty Liver. It was one of our early articles and so we plan to give it a refresh.
Gout. If you conduct a search for spirulina & gout on the internet, you will find that most recommend against taking spirulina if you suffer from gout, as it contains uric acid. However, you will also find sites that say in small quantities 500 mg to 3 g a day, it is fine. I myself (Trevor) have suffered from gout on 3 occasions and had a gout attack when I first took spirulina. But at the time, I was also detoxing. My experience of detoxing is described via this click through. Since that one attack, after starting to take spirulina, I have detoxed, and used spirulina daily 2-3 grams a day, I have not had a repeat of any form of gout attack but seen many of the benefits as described on this site. If you suffer from gout, our recommendation is to only take small amounts, initially just 500mg a day and carefully monitor, providing you have checked and cleared this approach with your doctor first. I have not had a gout attack since that one gout attack, in the early stages of detoxing.
Grow your own spirulina: Want to learn how to grow your own spirulina? This page describes the simple steps to take to have your own simple spirulina “garden” at home! You will never have to worry about ordering or obtaining fresh and contamination free supplies again!
Gut Health. Spirulina can be a great way to help improve the health of your gut and mitigate and manage IBS, possibly after you have gone through a detox*. Learn more about the importance of gut health and the link that it has with our brains at wellbrain.com
Hair You are what you eat, so it’s not surprising that Spirulina works from the inside to help your outside. Spirulina is great for your hair. Also, your nails and skin. Learn more via this click through.
History of Spirulina If you think ancient history is Greek or Roman, think again. The story of Spirulina goes back 3 Billion years or more! A reference in Genesis, Chapter 9, Verse 3 in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible hints of a possible reference to it. But we are not exactly sure. However, it certainly goes back many thousands of years to the beginning of our planet. Read about it here.
How much spirulina should I take: How much spirulina to take for different conditions is explained here and includes our own experience. Ensuring you have a clean and safe supply in the first place and then start taking spirulina slowly! Learn why via this click through.
Hypertension Studies have found that spirulina can help mitigate high blood pressure which this article discusses. If you have raised blood pressure, please check with your Doctor whether you can also take the super food or supplement spirulina. A member of our team takes Cozar for blood pressure and since taking spirulina too, his blood pressure readings have been markedly lower.
Inflammation and Leaky Gut: Inflammation in the body can lead to serious health consequences including, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and dementia. A 2020 study has shown that Spirulina effectively heals the gut lining and inflammation was greatly reduced with a “spirulina-treated group”. Learn more via this click through.
Learn more about Spirulina: Check out the history page.
Maca Powder: Learn about this astonishing superfood, that is particularly good to enhace the libido of men and women. Its particularly recommended for post-menopausal women too. We will be adding more information about Maca, so please do check our site updates.
Male Menopause? Do men get menopause? Surprisingly, the answer is Yes. Men can get a sort of menopause. But in men, it’s not called menopause but Andropause. Spirulina can help to mitigate and overcome symptoms* Please read this click through for details. In particular its great for helping to enhance muscles – combined with exercise, supporting testosterone levels, helping with your sex life.
Menopause: Spirulina appears to help with the symptoms of menopause. In this article we explore the evidence that suggests it can help to mitigate symptoms. You may wish to consider trying it after reading this page. Maca is also recommended for post-menopausal women
Mental Health: Discover how spirulina might help you with anxiety and depression. It has even been suggested by a study (1), that it might help with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, attention, autism, and substance use disorder. Check the click through to learn more.
Nasal Congestion. One thing we can say for sure, is that ever since taking Spirulina regularly, none of our team members have suffered from those dreadful seasonal “blocked noses” that are so common after colds and influenza. See allergic rhinitus.
“Acute Nephritis” (inflammation of the kidneys). See comments below from A
Pregnancy: Is it safe for expectant Mothers to take Spirulina? Is it safe for your baby? We are currently researching this in detail.
Plants & Vegetables: So you have enjoyed a spirulina shake or smoothie but have some left on the sides of your mixer. Don`t waste it by washing and pouring it down the sink. Wash it off and pour what is left on your plants or vegetables, you might be surprised by the results! we did and they grew faster and bigger. Spirulina is thought by researchers to be one of the building blocks of plant DNA!
Radiation Poisoning. Spirulina was used at Chernobyl to help detox children exposed to radiation poisoning.
Sex Life. Improve your sex life taking spirulina. Check this click through. It might save you a fortune in viagra! Maca is also highly recommended if you are looking to enhance your libido – men and women! Learn more via this click through. Believe me, spirulina helped my libido, but combined with Maca, it was another level! Did somebody mention rabbits?
Skin Care: Evidence we have found highlights the evidence that spirulina is great for the skin. You might save some a lot of money on those expensive skin care products. Many high end “skin care treatments” contain spirulina!
Sleep Apnea Those who are overweight, particularly men and those over the age of 50, who are or were smokers with high blood pressure, may be susceptible to sleep apnea. Advice on sleep apnea is available via this click through. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, we recommend you consult your doctor. Spirulina will not directly help with the symptoms of sleep apnea but could perhaps help you indirectly, by helping your efforts to reduce weight and helping to reduce blood pressure*. Please see how spirulina may help with weight loss and blood pressure via these click throughs: Reduce weight. Blood Pressure.*
Spirulina for the stomach and the brain:! The brain and stomach connection is a fact. The stomach or gut is even referred to as being ‘The second brain‘. Not long ago, it was discovered that the stomach and brain are linked by one of the body´s largest nerves called the vagus nerve. You can learn more via this click through on why having a healthy gut is important for our brain health. Also how spirulina can help your brain! A supporting study confirms this.
Storage of Spirulina. Please Don´t make the mistake of leaving your spirulina in your hot kitchen with your other vitamins. Spirulina needs to be stored in a cool, dry, and dark location. The Fridge can be a good spot in a sealed container. But anywhere dry, cool, out of direct sunlight and ideally dark is fine.
Stroke Patients: Can stroke patients take the superfood spirulina? Can it help people recovering from a Stroke? A 2005 animal study (1) found that diets that had been enriched with spirulina experienced “improved recovery of movement following a stroke” and experienced less brain-cell loss. However, please carefully note, we are not doctors. We always recommend that you check with your doctor or medical professional, if you have any pre-existing conditions, before taking spirulina. Whilst spirulina has many benefits, as highlighted on this site, with links/sources to supporting studies, there are some conditions where it is best not to take spirulina. You can check these via this click through. In particular, we understand that spirulina combined with blood thinning medication is best avoided. If you or a loved one are a stroke patient, please check with your doctor before taking spirulina, in particular if you are taking medication.*
(1) Researchers at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.
Suicide. No, spirulina does not stop suicide, but it might help the mental health of somebody at risk, so reducing the risk. We support those who are seeking to raise awareness of the effects of bullying, to help prevent bullying and suicide. The impact of bullying and cyber bullying can take a terrible toll on people, particularly with children and young people. If this is something that concerns you, or might be impacting a loved one, you might like to check the articles at bullieshurt.
Spirulina is a Superfood. Please carefully note, spirulina is a superfood, not a medication, so it needs to be taken consistently for a period of time, to see and experience the many benefits.
Supplies: Where do I buy Spirulina? Getting this right is so important as contamination in Spirulina can be a serious health risk. This is often the cause of some people`s complaint about how “spirulina made me sick”. It will if its contaminated, so getting the supply right is critical.
This page highlights those suppliers we recommend due to their quality production standards, and why it’s so important to get this right. In our experience specialist suppliers such as these for spirulina are best:
Teeth: As with your hair, nails and skin, spirulina seems to be a terrific option to support teeth health. Our article explores this in more detail.
The 16th Century Viagra. Learn about the benefits of Maca Powder. We have tested it and it works. Well!
Thiamin (Vitamin B1); Whilst brands vary on precise quantities, spirulina contains a high concentration of thiamin or thiamine, otherwise known as Vitamin B1. Some Doctors (see attached video) say it is helpful with the management of Covid 19 symptoms, adding that it appears to “reduce the impact of cytokine storm that Covid 19 patients suffer from”. Watch the video from 0:30 seconds (NB: It is quite technical). Yet another reason to add a good quality spirulina to your diet.*
The same doctor recommends adding vitamin D to help with prevention of Covid 19. (Spirulina does not contain Vitamin D)
Toasted skin syndrome. No, we hadn`t heard of this before, but thought it might catch your eye. Learn more about toasted skin syndrome, via this click through.
Weight Loss: Need to lose weight? Want to lose weight sustainably? Spirulina helps to satiate your appetite. I lost 28 kilos with the help of Spirulina combined with regular exercise. Learn how via this click through.
And since you are here, just one more, unrelated point to spirulina. But it might help you change your life:
Work from Home? Would you like to change your lifestyle? Sick of commuting? Learnt to appreciate working from home during Covid 19 but now must commute again? Learn here how you can achieve a sustainable income by working from home or on the road!
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