How Much Spirulina To Take?
Firstly, please bear in mind that Spirulina is a food supplement. So, there is no official recommendation for how much spirulina to take. The amount of spirulina to take as a daily quantity or dosage will depend upon many factors including your current health and your own body weight. We make suggestions below, as well as a suggested approach or strategy to successfully take spirulina to improve your health and to avoid the problems that some people, including me, experienced.
Members of our team now take between 500mg and 2 to 3 g a day, although initially I was taking at least 5g and on occasions 7.5g a day. That was too much. I explain why below.
Having used spirulina, ourselves for about three years now, we have the following recommendations based on research and our own experience. But before you take spirulina, there is something very important for you to consider.
Most important: Before You Decide On The Quantity To Take
Before you decide on the amount of spirulina to take, there is a far more important consideration.
We cannot emphasise enough the importance of obtaining a good and safe supply, produced under the right toxic free conditions. Many people who buy supplies from producers that are not producing spirulina in toxin free conditions, are the same people that complain “it made me sick”. Of course, it will make you sick if it has toxins using water drawn from a river or water supply with a factory or industry discharging water into that same river or water supply. Spirulina acts like a sponge and soaks up everything in its environment as it grows.
Furthermore, the risk of toxins aside, even with safely produced spirulina, you might also feel a bit sick if you need to detox. Read and learn from my experience below.
Spirulina Is Like A Sponge
Think how a sponge soaks up car shampoo in a bucket of water and car shampoo. Spirulina is the same, it sucks up anything in its environment.
So, please make sure the supplier you purchase from, has strict production standards or you will not see the benefits. The reverse may happen. It might even harm you.
We have made selecting quality spirulina easier for you, by making some suggestions. We are very careful about which suppliers we recommend. We have either researched their standards or they have sent us their production standards. If you want to buy from an alternative source to those we recommend, we encourage you to exercise extreme caution, particularly from suppliers in Countries and locations with major contamination issues. Ask yourself, are the conditions they are producing their spirulina, free from contamination in the water or in the air?
My Experience On How Much To Take
Initially I was taking 5 g a day. 2.5g before breakfast and 2.5 g at lunchtime/early evening. Sometimes I took another 2.5 g at night and I found I could not sleep properly. Thinking back, the amounts I initially took
were far too much as my body was detoxing and I didn’t fully understand what was happening at the time.
“Stick With The Programme” My Doctor Said
It took me about 9 months before I noticed I had increased energy. This was after, I had “detoxed” my body and frankly it wasn’t all that nice. Initially I had bouts of minor diarrhoea, headaches, bloating, cramps and feeling a bit dizzy as it was detoxing me from Fatty Liver, IBS/Candida and helping me to reduce my blood sugar. My alternative remedy doctor told me to take 5 tablets in the morning (2.5g) and 2.5g at lunchtime. Despite the symptoms from the detox
going on in my body, he encouraged me to “stick with the programme”. Bear in mind I was in a pretty bad way health wise and heavily overweight, so my detox experience was probably more drastic than you or most people will go through.
You Look So Good !
It was the increased energy I noticed first, my doctor had not mentioned I would see this benefit so I was surprised when I felt so energised. Then I discovered I was losing weight. I then realised my hair was growing thicker, my nails seemed to be growing faster and my skin, (I`m a “typical” bloke for my age who does not use cream), somehow it was softer and it was healing really fast from minor cuts and burns. People wanted to know what I was doing to be looking “so good” and somehow “younger looking”. It must be the spirulina I said, I can`t think of anything else. Bear in mind I was only taking it to improve my poor health.
Then, because I had more energy, my gym sessions could last longer and amazingly I then noticed my muscles were developing. A personal trainer at the gym even asked me how old I was; “because you work out harder and seem in so much better shape than last year and far fitter than many in the gym. I`m 60 this year and most were younger than me.
About 12 months into using spirulina I noticed another surprising benefit relating to something I had not heard of before, Andropause. When I investigated it, I realised I had previously been suffering from many of the symptoms. With regular use of spirulina, they had gone. Oh, and I have saved some money on something else too! Read the click through as to why.
I then noticed that somehow, I couldn’t explain it, despite a stressful personal situation I was in, I somehow felt a bit “high” or at the very least I felt very happy! I used to suffer from mild to on occasions, quite serious depression, but I have not had any repeat since taking spirulina on a regular basis. More recently, I have noticed that my eyesight seems sharper than it used to be and now only use my contact lenses for driving. I can now comfortably work without wearing contact lenses or glasses.
How Much Should I Take?
So you have purchased your contamination free spirulina, you know from our experience not to take too much at first, how much in total should I take each day?
Studies (1) have demonstrated that between 1-8g a day is an effective amount. From our experience we know 2.5g to 7.5 g works. Members of our team currently take between 2 and 3 g a day. Our advice is as follows.
Remember It Helps To Detox You
You know you do not have any underlying health conditions and/or you have checked with your Doctor or Health professional that you can take spirulina. You have now obtained a safe supply of spirulina from a reliable provider.
How much to take?
Based on our own experiences and to avoid the difficulties I had, we suggest you start with a low quantity or dose and slowly work your way up, assessing your tolerance as you go. So, we suggest:
- Day one and two, take 1 x 500mg tablet with water before breakfast or a small teaspoon of a similar amount of spirulina powder in a smoothie or shake. If you take the powder, you will be very unusual if you like the taste eating it direct without putting it into a smoothie, but there are some people who enjoy it that way.
- Days three and four, take 1 tablet x 500mg tablet (or powder) before breakfast and another, 500mg
tablet just before lunch.
- Days five, six and seven
take 3 tablets a day (not at night)
- Week two. Assuming your tolerance levels are fine, you can now increase to 4 tablets (2g) a day. If not, stick with a maximum or 1.5g a day (or a little less) increasing when any detox symptoms have subsided. We would encourage you to “stick with the programme” and not give up and slowly you will start to notice the benefits as your body slowly detoxes.
- Week three/four. Tolerance ok? Increase to 2.5 or 3g a day.
- Month two and beyond – 5-8 grams a day (but please ensure at these levels that its an iodine free spirulina). The Chilean spirulina we use is iodine free.
How Much Do I Take For Different Conditions?
Academic and Medical studies utilising spirulina, typically end with a call for “more studies” to be undertaken. We have also detected in some of the language, almost a deliberate attempt to sow seeds of doubt about its efficacy, driven we suspect by share price or stock market values of some of the larger pharmaceutical companies. Imagine the impact if more people enhanced their health taking spirulina or even better, growing and eating their own spirulina? So why not give it a try. we believe you need to do this consistently for at least 3-6 months before you notice any sustainable change. But if you do this, like us, you will start to notice the exciting improvements to your health.*
Not a silver bullet
Don’t get us wrong, spirulina is not a silver bullet to solve all your health problems, but it might be helpful to you for many conditions* (but please carefully note, not with the few exceptions we have highlighted) that are described on this site.
So, How Much To Take For Different Conditions?
Assuming you have taken the approach of slowly increasing the amount of spirulina you take, to help you detox, these are some suggestions for different conditions. But it is difficult to be precise so you will need to be consistent and patient. Suggestions include (1):
- A dose of 1-8 g for cholesterol, may give you results.
- Develop your muscles, doses of 2-7.5 g per day have been successfully used
- For blood sugar control, very mild effects have been noticed with as little as 2 g per day
- Blood pressure reductions may be seen with doses of 3.5-4.5 g per day
- Improvements to fatty liver have been seen at doses of 4.5 g per day
When to take it?
The longer you take spirulina for, the more you will probably notice your energy levels increasing.
Like caffeine, its best to avoid it in the late afternoons or evenings as like me at first, it might impact on your sleep.
Tasty Spirulina Recipes
Check our Spirulina, Chlorella and Maca FAQs here.
Spirulina History of Use
This interesting story that goes back almost to the beginning of our planet. There might even be a reference in Genesis, but we are not 100% sure. Discover the details of its origin and its history on the page, “What is spirulina about?”
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- (1) Kamal Patel, Examine (dot)com
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