19 June 2011

Six Spirulina Side Effects Which Are Taken Less Seriously

Spirulina tablet

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. There are only 3 lakes in the world that were found to produce Spirulina naturally:  Lake Chenghai - Yunnan China, Lake Chad - Africa and Lake Texcoco - Mexico. The first large-scale spirulina production plant, run by Sosa Texcoco, was established there in the early 1970s. Since that, spirulina has been widely used as a dietary supplement in many countries.

Spirulina has been dubbed as "The Superfoods" as it contains large amounts of B-vitamins, carotenoids, beta carotene, and minerals like iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. Spirulina is said to be a perfect weight loss aids as it is easily digested, high energy, low calorie, low fat foods and reduce food cravings to who is dieting. Study also has shown spirulina as an agent to fight cancer, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol level, useful to alleviating the symptoms of anemia and boost our immune system.

Spirulina products are widely available today in a form of tablet, capsules, flakes, or powder form. Most people prefer to consume spirulina in tablet form. Regardless of which form you choose, Vegan Eagan suggest that you consider spirulina's side effects before taking a spirulina supplement.

1. Thirst and constipation
These are the most common spirulina tablets side effects. You should increase your water intake. Drink at least half litre of water when taking spirulina for the body to absorb the spirulina herb well.

2. Mild fever
The body needs to burn extra protein found in spirulina. Thus, promote body metabolism which may convert fat into heat energy.

3. Dizziness, stomach ache, itchy skin or slight rash when taking spirulina
People may experience spirulina side effects as a result of its detoxifying effect on the body. When you first start taking spirulina, your body may produce these side effects while adjusting to the increase in nutrients. The side effects you experience should subside within a few days or weeks after your body has had time to adjust.

4. Allergic
Anyone who is allergic to seafood or seaweed are not suitable to take spirulina. You may develop common symptoms related to a food allergy, include diarrhea, abdominal pain, itching, difficulty swallowing, nasal congestion, nausea, runny nose, lightheadedness, swelling, vomiting, stomach cramps and shortness of breath within a few minutes after consuming spirulina.

5. Kidney problems
People with kidney related issues like kidney stones or gout are risking themselves with kidney damage if taking spirulina, especially in high doses. Spirulina has a high concentration of nucleic acid, which can give you increased levels of uric acid. Too much uric acid can can consequently cause kidney problems.

6. Liver issues
Due to the high content of vitamins and minerals, taking spirulina in high doses may lead to impaired liver function. Overdosing on vitamin and other minerals may cause toxicity to our body.

When taken in the recommended dosage, spirulina should not poses any dangers. Experts suggest consuming no more than 50 grams of spirulina per day. About ten (to twenty) 500 milligram spirulina tablets a day for adults and five (to ten) for children under 12 are usually recommended.

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