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Get Iodine Naturally – Best Organic Iodine Supplement?

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With all the health risks associated with synthetic supplements out there, its a no-brainer that you want to get iodine naturally. And there is one great natural source of iodine that I want to bring to your attention. The source is… Spirulina!

Yes spirulina. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it is called a blue-green algae but is actually a cyanobacteria that is becoming more and more popular in the recent years due to its numerous health benefits. It is considered the most nutrient dense food on the planet and holds several records for nutrient concentration.

But what I want to bring to your attention here is that spirulina is NOT a very good source of iodine. Sure it contains iodine, and plenty of it, but I do not recommend that you supplement spirulina for this reason and I will get into the details below.

Anyways, lets get into things and first take a look at how much iodine is recommended.

How Much Iodine Is Recommended?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health, these are the iodine amounts that one should be trying consume on a daily basisiodine rda

The majority of you are going to be wanting to try to consume as close to 150mcg a day as possible. This accounts for both males and females that are over the age of 14. The only exception is women that are pregnant and/or lactating, which need a much higher doses due to loss of nutrients.

Now that you know how much is recommended you need to know how much you can get from spirulina.

How Much Iodine In Spirulina?

The amount of iodine in spirulina varies greatly, and when I say greatly I mean it. Some reports suggest that it can vary thousands of micrograms per serving. And as you can imagine, this is a major problem.

The variance has to do with a lot of things. But one of the main reasons is whether or no the spirulina is grown in sea water or fresh water.

It would be fine if every spirulina retailer had “iodine content” labeled on their bottles. This would at least let you know what you are getting. But the problem is that they don’t. No one has iodine labeled on the packaging and I think this is a major problem.

There is only one retailer that I have found that tests for iodine content. And that is Nutrex Hawaii. They claim that their Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica contains only 15mcg of iodine per every 3g serving. This would mean that you only get 10% of your daily iodine dose per serving and it is safe for people with hypothyroidism.

If You Want A Trustworthy Source of Iodine Go Elsewhere

The bottom line is that spirulina is not a reliable source of iodine. You will have no idea how much iodine you are getting with most of the spirulina supplements out there.

There are much better and more reliable sources of iodine that are all natural. Here is a list from the National Institutes of Health (not all listed are natural foods)

iodine sources

How To Ferment Spirulina – A Simple Way To Do It

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spirulinapowderFermenting spirulina can be very beneficial, allowing its nutrients to be more easily absorbed. During fermentation sugars are converted into lactic acid. It kickstarts the digestion process and makes it easier for your body to get what it needs.

Spirulina is often fermented for its protein content. Fermenting protein makes the individual amino acids more easily available, which means you have a better chance of absorbing them and getting your use out of them.

The process of fermentation can be complicated but it doesn’t have to be. I’m going to go over a very simple and easy to follow process that anyone can do, and it works just fine.

How To Ferment Spirulina

Steps:
1: Kefir Starter

First you are going to start out with a probiotic, in this case I recommend a kefir starter.

2: Water

Mix the kefir in with semi-warm water until it is thoroughly dissolved. If the kefir is clumping you will need to add more water and stir more. And if the mixture is very thin you may be able to add more kefir. Just make sure its all dissolved.

3: Sweetener

Add a little bit of sweetener into the mix. Usually I go with a natural sweetener such as yakon root (powder form). Bee pollen is also good.

4: Spirulina

Add in your spirulina powder. The amount is up to you really. Again, just make sure it mixes in okay.

5. Bottle

Now its ready for you to bottle the mixture. Glass jars are probably the best, but you can use whatever really. Make sure you have a small amount of air space at the top, and seal the lid tight.

6: Ferment

Store the jars in a cool, dark place. Anywhere from 70-75 degrees I would say is ideal. The amount of time you should let it ferment will vary depending on the temperature. Higher temperatures speed up the process.

I would suggest you let it ferment for anywhere from 12-24 hours.

And thats it. What I do next is refrigerate the mixtures just because it tastes better cold. The fermentation process will continue in the refrigerator, but not very much.

There are a lot of different ways you can go about this, but this is a very simple way that works.

Should You Ferment Spirulina?

I’ve done it, and it seems to work good, but is there really much benefit to fermenting your spirulina? The answer to this question is still up in the air as far as I see it.

There are some people out there that swear by eating fermented spirulina over non-fermented. But these people often tend to be those that are selling fermented spirulina, so there is a conflict of interest there.

The fact of the matter is that spirulina is easily digested WITHOUT fermentation. The individual cell walls of each spirulina cell are made up of mucopolysaccharides, which are easily digestible. Your body has no trouble breaking the wall down and getting to the nutrients in the first place. Spirulina does not contain indigestible cellulose.

While fermenting your spirulina may make it easier to digest, there is just no need to do this in my opinion. Your body is already plenty capable of digesting spirulina as it is.

The Best Phycocyanin Supplement, I Present To you Spirulina

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best phycocyanin supplementPhycocyanin is a pigment protein complex that is heavily sought after for its many health benefits. But how can get phycocyanin? What is the best phycocyanin supplement?

Spirulina is a great source of phycocyanin, and its all natural. Supplementing spirulina will provide you with a good amount of phycocyanin, and I’ll go over exactly how much phycocyanin you can expect to get. But first, for those of you who don’t already know, or for those of you who just need a little refresher, I’m going to go over what phycocyanin is and its more important health benefits.

The Wonderful Phycocyanin

Phycocyanin is a phycobiliprotein that is common in many cyanobacteria, such as spirulina. It plays a very important rule in the process of photosynthesis and directly absorbs sunlight.

One thing about phycocyanin that is unique and rare in nature is its chemical structure. It resembles that of  bilirubin, which is a very powerful antioxidant that is synthesized by the body. Higher levels of bilirubin are associated with lower risks for many diseases [1]

Since phycocyanin’s chemical structure is very similar to that of bilirubin, you would think that it would have similar properties and benefits, and you would be absolutely correct to think that.

Phycocyanin’s Amazing Health Benefits

There are a lot, but let me just go over a few of the main ones.

Antioxidant – Phycocyanin has the ability to fight off free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that occur within the body and cause harm due to their instability. Phycocyanin, being a powerful antioxidant (like bilirubin) is able to interact safely with free radicals and prevent damage. It is important to have enough antioxidants to keep a stable antioxidant to free-radical balance.

Anti-inflammatory – Phycocyanin is shown to inhibit the COX-2 enzyme, which is responsible for much of the inflammation and pain that goes on in the body [2]. Inhibiting this enzyme leads to both reduced inflammation and pain. This is a proven method of reducing and treating inflammatory type diseases such as arthritis.

Immune Booster – Another thing you should know is that phycocyanin is an antiproliferative as well as a proliferative [3]. This means that it prevents or slows down the spread of cells and can also increase the spread of cells. It does so in a an optimal manner, slowing bad cells and increasing good cells. It has proven to be effective in treating diseases such as cancer by reducing, and in some cases eliminating the mutant cells.

Ok, so there are a few benefits to consuming this incredible molecule. But now you need to know if spirulina is that good of a source.

Spirulina, A Great Source of Phycocyanin

Phycocyanin is one of the major phycobiliproteins that spirulina contains, so as you could imagine it makes up a good bit of spirulina’s overall content.

Spirulina generally has a phycocyanin content of around 10-16% of its dry weight. But this number varies depending on things like nitrogen levels in the water, the amount of sunlight, and the drying technique used. It can vary greatly and has been found to have levels from as low as 4.71% all the way up to 22.3% [4].

The environment in which spirulina is grown as well as the drying techniques used make a huge difference in its nutrient content, and this is a big reason why you need to buy spirulina from a quality source.

How much phycocyanin you can expect to get

A common dose of spirulina if you are taking powder is a tablespoon, which is 7g. Based on the general range of 10-16% phycocyanin content this would mean you are getting anywhere from 0.7 – 1.12g of phycocyanin.

A common dose for spirulina tablets is around 3g. And you could expect to get anywhere from 0.3 – 0.48g of phycocyanin.

But again, these are very general numbers. Cheap and poor quality spirulina supplements will likely be grown in poor quality environments where they will be incapable of developing good nutrient profiles.

Spirulina is packed with nutrients

Spirulina has many many nutrients that can benefit human health in all sorts of ways, after all it is the most nutrient dense natural food on the planet. But phycocyanin is by far one of the most notable. Among its many benefits it has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiproliferative properties. This can help with anything from general health, to more severe health cases like arthritis and even cancer.

The best natural source of phycocyanin is spirulina. And spirulina is growing in popularity, now being available in powder, tablet, or capsule form. It is available in many natural health stores around the world, but is easier bought online.

Where to buy spirulina?

It is essential that you buy quality spirulina. If you don’t, you may be wasting your money on spirulina that has an inadequate nutrient profile.

Not only that, but spirulina has the ability to absorb toxins from the environment. So if its not grown in a quality and clean environment this could be a problem.

If you do choose to buy spirulina online there are some products that I recommend. I recommend them because they are grown in with quality assurance and come from reputable sources. To see the products I recommend Click Here for my product reviews.

 

Sources

1) HELLWEG, BRENDAN. “With New Research, Toasting to Health.Yale Daily News With New Research Toasting to Health Comments. Yale News, 17 Feb. 2015. Web. 01 Apr. 2016.

2) Selective inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 by C-phycocyanin, a biliprotein from Spirulina platensis. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Nov 2;277(3):599-603.

3) C-Phycocyanin from Oscillatoria tenuis exhibited an antioxidant and in vitro antiproliferative activity through induction of apoptosis and G0/G1 cell cycle arrestFood Chem. 2013 Sep 1;140(1-2):262-72. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.02.060. Epub 2013 Feb 24.

4) Over Production of Phycocyanin Pigment in Blue Green Alga Spirulina sp. and It`s Inhibitory Effect on Growth of Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma Cells. Journal of Medical Sciences, 2003. 3: 314-324.

Spirulina and Constipation – What You Need To Know

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toilet-paper-150912__180Constipation seems to be one of the most common talked about side effects to consuming spirulina. But is there any truth to this? Are spirulina and constipation linked? To answer this question I looked into what it is about spirulina that could potentially cause constipation.

And what I found is somewhat of a mixed view. While some of the many nutrients in spirulina can cause constipation, there are also properties of spirulina that should actually reduce the chances of constipation.

But lets begin by going over some of the reasons why spirulina may be causing constipation.

Why Spirulina Might Be Causing Constipation

Iron May Be The Cause

Studies show that too high of a dietary iron intake will indeed cause constipation. And spirulina does contain a hefty amount of iron, about 2mg of iron for every tablespoon (7g) of spirulina.

Iron is absolutely an essential nutrient that is active in the production of red blood cells in the body. It should definitely not be avoided if you are experiencing constipation. Instead, you should asses the amount of iron you are actually taking.

Of course you don’t want to be constipated from taking in too much iron, but on the other hand you definitely don’t want to be deficient.

Could It Be The Protein?

The fact that too much protein can cause constipation is well known. Protein digestion uses a lot of water causing you to become dehydrated in some cases. And this in turn can cause constipation.

Spirulina just so happens to be the most protein dense food on the planet, with anywhere from 55-70% of its dry weight being protein.

Now I know that if you are taking spirulina supplements, chances are you aren’t taking very much. Most spirulina supplements have recommended daily doses of anywhere from 2-10 grams. And thats really not that much. Even if you took 10 grams per day and that was 70% protein (on the higher end) you still would only be getting 7 grams of protein from the spirulina.

But here is my theory. Its more concentrated in protein than any other food. So your body isn’t used to this. There is too much protein compared to the water, fiber, etc. that you are eating with your spirulina. And with a ratio of protein to water & fiber that is too large, constipation is a side effect.

If this is potentially the reason spirulina causes constipation, I would simply suggest that you drink more water or even eat some other foods while you are supplementing your spirulina.

There was really not that much information that I could find on why spirulina is causing constipation. But I do know that there are a lot of people that are experiencing constipation from spirulina. This is an area where there needs to be more research done.

Besides the reasons of why spirulina might cause constipation, I found reasons why spirulina should actually prevent and stop constipation.

Why Spirulina Also Prevents Constipation

One reason for constipation is inflammation. This is the cause in problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Spirulina has some very effective anti-inflammatory agents that are used to treat a wide range of problems. Two of its most powerful are Gamma-linolenic acid and phycocyanin, which I will go over.

Gamma-linolenic Acid Is A Treatment

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is commonly supplemented to treat conditions like constipation. And you guessed it, spirulina contains GLA, and is one of the most concentrated GLA food sources there is, with about 94.5mg of GLA for every tablespoon (7g) of spirulina.

GLA is converted into prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that control various processes. They are able to influence inflammation in the body, decreasing it and increasing it depending on the situation..

Phycocyanin, The Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Agent

Phycocyanin is the blue protein pigment that gives spirulina part of its blue-green color. It is a fascinating part of spirulina and has been the subject of many studies. It has a lot of benefits, anti-inflammation being one.

Phycocyanin inhibits the COX-2 enzyme, which is the enzyme responsible for much of the inflammation that goes on in the body [1]. There are many synthetic drugs that are designed to block this enzyme, but phycocyanin does it all naturally, which in my opinion is better.

The anti-inflammatory effects of phycocyanin are well documented and all seem to agree with the fact that it is a great natural anti-inflammatory agent.

Both GLA and phycocyanin are great natural sources for anti-inflammatory effects. They can both be used to treat constipation depending on the cause of constipation. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease both often cause constipation and can be treated with anti-inflammatory agens like GLA and phycocyanin.

So with that in mind, spirulina is a great anti-constipation supplement.

Should You Take Spirulina?

Well it seems that spirulina would be very effective in treating constipation arising from certain problems that cause inflammation. But then again, it seems to give people constipation.

If you do have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease then I think it would be worth a try. But if you don’t and suddenly started to experience constipation after taking spirulina then I have a different suggestion.

If your constipation isn’t that bad I would continue to take the spirulina to see if the body gets used to it. Because I know that when I first started supplementing spirulina that my stomach was uneasy. It took me about a week to get over that and know I’m fine.

But if your constipation is severe I would suggest seeking medical advice and stop taking spirulina for the time being.

 

Sources

1) Selective inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 by C-phycocyanin, a biliprotein from Spirulina platensis. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Nov 2;277(3):599-603.

Should You Take Spirulina For Eczema Treatment?

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eczemaAs far as natural treatments go, taking spirulina for eczema is one of the better ones out there. You can find personal testimonials to spirulina’s eczema curing magic, but I’m more interested in HOW exactly spirulina can benefit eczema.

So I did some research and want to provide you with some of the benefits that spirulina has for eczema treatment.

Gamma-linolenic Acid from Spirulina

When doing some research online, I found that gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a common treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and acne. And you guessed it, Spirulina has GLA, and a lot of it.

Gamma-linolenic-acid is an omega-6 fatty acid. And according to Dr. Weil, MD, GLA has “specific nourishing effects on skin, hair, and nails that are not duplicated by omega-3 fatty acids”. For skin conditions like eczema he recommends GLA over the omega-3 fatty acids.

The science behind it

People with eczma have been found to have very low linoleic acid metabolites. Their concentration of linoleic acid tends to be high in the  blood, milk, and adipose tissue according to an article published at the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.

What does this mean?

It means that their body does not convert linoleic acid to gamma-linoleic acid properly. And thus, they don’t have enough gamma-linoleic acid.

So supplementing GLA is a must in order to have normal levels.

But besides nourishing the skin, GLA plays an important role in many functions of the body. It is a precursor for prostaglandins, which are “master” hormones and control various things going on in the body. Because of their importance, GLA deficiency is found to be a factor in many diseases.

An effective dosage for treatment is recommended by Dr. Weil to be 500mg twice per day.

GLA treats eczema and spirulina contains GLA

Having a fatty acid is kind of the last thing you would expect from an algae like spirulina. But its true.

Spirulina is actually a very good source of GLA and contains about 135mg per 10 grams of spirulina. This amount differs depending on the species of spirulina and its growing conditions, but thats a general number value for you to go by.

spirulina GLA content
Source – Algae Industry Magazine

Although the 135mg of GLA in 10g spirulina does not come close to the 500mg GLA twice per day that Dr. Weil recommends, its still a good bit to add to your diet.

Besides the looking only skin deep, lets take a deeper look, because the root cause of eczema might be from something else.

Your Immune Health Is Important

The health of your immune system might be the last thing that you think of when it comes to a skin condition like eczema. But the fact of the matter is that it plays a huge role in the health of everything, including your skin.

Eczema cases have tripled in the past 30 years, yes tripled! And its no coincidence. Its likely due to the immune systems of newer generations gradually getting weaker due to antibiotics and medicines. The weaker the immune system, the more susceptible you are to illnesses such as eczema.

  • Spirulina for immune system health is a great way to go. It has unbelievable capabilities and has even been shown to prevent and reduce cancer and HIV! I have already written articles on both of these benefits here:
  • Article: Spirulina for Cancer 
  • Article: Spirulina for HIV

One of the main reasons why spirulina is such a powerful immune system booster is due to a pigment protein complex called Phycocyanin. Phycocyanin is a very powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective agent which is proven to help your immune system fight all kinds of problems.

Other Benefits For Eczema

I’m not going to go over all of them, but I’ll go over 2 other nutrients that you can get from spirulina and are proven help, zinc and iron.

Zinc

First off, lets take a look at zinc, which is essential for 100’s of biological functions in the body. Some of the major functions include cell growth, cell division, and wound healing.

Unfortunately for those with eczema, zinc deficiency is a common side effect. For that reason eczema patients should look to obtain more zinc through their diets. And Spirulina is a great way to do that.

One tablespoon of spirulina powder (7g) will provide you with about 0.14mg of zinc. This really isn’t very much at all, but when used to supplement your diet it helps.

Iron

The next important nutrient that spirulina has for eczema treatment is iron. Iron is extremely important for many reasons as well. It is needed for your body to produce hemoglobin and myoglobin, which are oxygen carrying proteins.

There are 2 reasons why iron is very important for eczema patients.

First, it can limit nickel absorption, which has been found to cause skin conditions such as eczema. Nickel negatively impacts your immune system and decreases blood lymphocyte circulation. But with sufficient iron in your body, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Second, eczema can actually cause iron deficiency. And iron deficiency in turn can lead to high amounts of nickel being absorbed, which then could increase skin problems like eczema. Its a viscous cycle.

For every tablespoon of spirulina (7g) you can expect to get about 2mg of iron. Thats a pretty good dose.

Should you try taking spirulina to treat eczema?

I think it would be a good idea and is worth a try. It has many nutrients which can directly and indirectly help with skin conditions such as eczema.

Spirulina also contains a lot of vitamins that are marketed for eczema treatment. I’m not going to go over them but they include Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and 9 of the B Vitamins. All of which are beneficial to the skin.

Where to Buy Spirulina

There are a lot of spirulina products on the market, some good and some bad. Spirulina’s nutritional content varies a lot due to the quality of the environment its grown in. It also can absorb toxins from its environment.

To avoid poor quality products that are grown in poor quality environments I have reviewed some of the top spirulina products available. The products I have reviewed are grown by credible companies and assure the best quality. You can find my product reviews Here.

 

Sources –

1) Essential fatty acid metabolism and its modification in atopic eczemaAm J Clin Nutr January 2000
vol. 71 no. 1 367s-372s

Taking Spirulina for Autism – Is this a good treatment or just a fluke?

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spirulina for autismThere are testimonials one the internet that claim taking spirulina for autism is a cure, or at least beneficial. But does this hold any truth? Or is it maybe just a coincidence that some children’s autism cleared up after supplementing spirulina?

Although there are no clinical studies published at this moment on the effects that spirulina has on autism, I still think its safe to conclude that spirulina, at the very least, would be beneficial to those with autism.

Heavy metals accelerate and increase the chances of autism, and spirulina has the ability to absorb and remove heavy metals from the body.

To understand this first you need to know how heavy metals effect autism.

Heavy Metals Effects on Autism

A study conducted by Dr. William Walsh, Ph.D, and Dr. Anjum Usman, MD, shows that autistic patients’ bodies do not filter out heavy metals as efficiently as healthy individuals.

This study was performed on 503 autistic patients. Blood tests results showed that the patients had levels of zinc and copper that were above normal. And the reason for this is that their body’s MT proteins are not functioning properly [1].

The MT proteins are responsible for regulating heavy metal concentrations among other things. So the fact that the autistic patients had abnormally high levels of heavy metals shows that these MT proteins are not working right.

If someone is genetically susceptible to autism and lives in an environment that has toxic levels of heavy metals, this increases the likelihood of developing autism.

If you or someone you know has or is susceptible to autism then you may want to consider supplementing spirulina. Its an all natural and very healthy food that in theory should work.

In Theory, Spirulina Should Help With Autism

Like I mentioned above, spirulina has the ability to remove absorb toxins from the body. Once absorbed, your body is able to easily excrete this toxins.

The spirulina is very effective at removing heavy metals from the body. Its has proven effective in scientific studies at removing all sorts of heavy metals from the body. I already have written an article on taking spirulina to detox.

It is proven to detox from copper, which is one of the heavy metals shown to be abnormally high in autistic people. As for zinc, I can’t find a human study that proves spirulina to be effective, but I have found a study that shows spirulina can absorb zinc very effeciently.

Wheres the proof?

There was a study published in 2009 in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology that shows spirulina consumption will decrease copper levels in the body. The results of supplementing spirulina showed that copper concentration in feces increased [2]. This increased copper defecation is due to the spirulina absorbing the copper, which is then easily excreted.

And as for the study of zinc. There is a study I came across that shows spirulina absorbs zinc very well from water [3]. It was a study done to figure out the best methods of cleaning up heavy metal contamination left from industries. But anyway, spirulina is considered VERY effective. So I would assume that it can absorb excess zinc from the body like it can other heavy metals.

But zinc is an essential nutrient….

Its true that zinc is an extremely important nutrient and is involved in 100’s of functions in the human body, but still, having too much is harmful. And the fact that autistic patients showed abnormally high levels of zinc is a problem.

Spirulina would help regulate your body’s zinc levels by absorbing the excess that is floating around in your blood.

  • Note – Spirulina contains zinc too. I know it sounds counterproductive, giving your body zinc and removing zinc? But its not, it will give your body zinc if it needs it and remove excess zinc if your body has too much.

Should You Give Spirulina a Try?

There is scientific evidence that suggests spirulina would benefit those with autism or those who are susceptible to getting autism and there are personal testimonials (just google it) that claim spirulina greatly benefited children with autism, lessening autistic indicators.

So with that in mind I think it would be a great idea to give spirulina a try.

But one word of advice: You shouldn’t go out and buy just any spirulina. Spirulina’s contents varies depending on how it was grown and the environment. This means the nutrient values vary.

And just like spirulina can absorb heavy metals and other toxins from your body it can also absorb these toxins from the environment. So you have to avoid spirulina products that have undisclosed growing locations or that do not have good quality assurance standards in place.

How do you know what spirulina products to buy?

I have reviewed some of what I consider the best spirulina products you can buy. They all assure high quality and are from credible sources. You can Click Here to read my reviews.

Studies

1) Disordered Metal Metabolism in Autism Spectrum Disorders. New Developments: Volume 7, Number 1 – Fall, 2001.

2) Effect of Dietary Spirulina on Reduction of Copper Toxicity and Improvement of Growth, Blood Parameters and Phosphatases in Carp, Cirrhinus mrigala. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology. Vol 47, Sep 2009, pp. 754-759.

3) Spirulina platensis AS BIOSORBENT OF ZINC IN WATER. Engineering and Management Journal. 12 (2013), 5, 1079-1084.

Does Spirulina Stain Teeth? You Better Believe It Does

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teethIf you are wondering “does spirulina stain your teeth?” The answer is YES it does. I have a little personal story to tell you about this, as it happened to me.

But first of all, not all spirulina forms will stain your teeth. If you are taking spirulina tablets or spirulina capsules you will not have this problem. Why? Well because it doesn’t even get on your teeth! Spirulina powder is what will stain them.

Spirulina Powder Stains Teeth

Spirulina has such a rich dark blue-green pigment that it is no wonder that it can stain things. It seems like whatever it gets on it will just stick to with its dense color.

If you have ever took spirulina powder, whether it be in a smoothie, in water, baked in something, or whatever else, you probably have noticed that it is stuck all over your teeth and very noticeable.

How do you stop spirulina from staining your teeth?

You brush them of course. But I’m talking about brushing them like crazy. you are going to have to step it up a notch. The normal brushing technique you use here is not going to cut it. And I know this personally.

Spirulina stained my teeth!

So, I take spirulina powder, and a lot of it. I mix in about 10 grams of spirulina powder into a smoothie each morning and blend it up. Its a great way to get the day started.

But anyway, after about 3 months I began to notice small dark-green-like stains in between my teeth and in grooves that are hard to brush. And spirulina was the only major change in my diet so it had to be the culprit.

I was drinking my spirulina smoothies for breakfast and brushing my teeth immediately after and this was still happening.

After realizing that my teeth were becoming stained I began to worry that it would continually get worse. I thought I might have to switch to taking spirulina tablets instead of the powder. But the problem was that I really liked, and still like, the powder that I mix into good smoothies.

So what did I do?

I did exactly what I said you have to do in this situation. I stepped up my teeth brushing game a notch. I brushed more thorough and for longer.

And what were the results??

Clean teeth!

Just Brush Your Teeth Better

Look its really not that complicated nor is it a big deal. If spirulina is staining your teeth you probably just have to brush a little better after consuming it. Don’t stop taking spirulina. The benefits that you get from eating spirulina outweigh the temporary stains that you may get if you aren’t brushing very well.

I’m just glad that I decided to try brushing better, rather than giving up my delicious morning spirulina smoothie.

Have you had any experience with spirulina staining your teeth? Comment below so that you can help others out as well.

 

Taking Spirulina for Arthritis | Is This Best Natural Arthritis Remedy

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arthritisArthritis is a pain that can affect nearly everything you do throughout your day if its bad enough. But there are ways to fix this. Have you ever heard of taking spirulina for arthritis? If you have arthritis and are interested in a natural, all around healthy remedy that actually works then I suggest you listen up.

Before I get into things I think its important that you know what spirulina is if you don’t already. So just to give you a very brief summary, Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is becoming increasingly popular for human consumption. It is considered the most nutrient dense natural food on earth and has a TON of health benefits because of this.

But anyway.., now I’ll get to the point of the article.

Spirulina can help with your arthritis and its proven!

There is a theory going around that spirulina can actually make arthritis worse. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, because spirulina stimulates the immune system it could make rheumatoid arthritis worse in theory because it is an autoimmune disease.

But I have not been able to find any evidence to support this theory. And after all it is just a theory. The only evidence I have found supports the claim that spirulina helps decrease arthritis.

The studies tell the truth

The most recent study I could find on was conducted in 2009 and is published in the journal Inflammopharmacology. In this study Winstar rats with arthritis were supplemented with 0.4g of spirulina per kg of bodyweight. The results were significant. Indicators of arthritis such as joint thickness in the paws were significantly decreased and returned to near normal levels [1].

Then another study I came across.was published in the Mediators of Inflammation journal in 2002. Like the one above, this study also tested out the arthritic decreasing powers of spirulina on rat test subjects. But this study used spirulina doses as as low as 0.1 g/kg of body weight and still found significant results. In as little as 8 days, the arthritis in the knee joints had decrease by a lot [2].

Wow, only 8 days and there were significant results. But how the heck does spirulina work so well?

How does Spirulina Decreases Arthritis, is it magic?

Spirulina inhibits the inflammatory reactions that occur when you have arthritis, thus decreasing your arthritis and pain.

This is thought to be due mostly to the inflammation properties of phycocyanin, which spirulina contains a lot of. Phycocyanin is very beneficial and helps in a lot of other ways besides just inflammation. For example it improves the immune system and increases the body’s ability to remove toxins (detox).

But its ability to decrease inflammation is largely due to its ability to fight off free-radicals. This comes from its powerful antioxidant abilities.

You see, oxidative stress causes your body to produce free-radicals, which are damaging and cause inflammation among many other problems. Its a chain reaction, but it can be stopped by decreasing oxidation with antioxidants. And phycocyanin is a great antioxidant that can do exactly that.

The anti-inflammatory properties of phycocyanin are well documented and pretty concrete. Is conclusive.

Spirulina Actually Works

The bottom line is that spirulina is not some hippie food thats benefits are a myth and have nothing to support them. Its a well studied superfood that is proven by science to be very beneficial healthwise. And on of its many benefits is its ability to reduce inflammation significantly, which means it reduces your arthritis.

Remember what the results of the one study I mentioned was? Spirulina reduced arthritis indicators to near normal levels!

So if you are interested in purchasing spirulina there is one important thing that you need to know before you do so.

Be Careful!

You have to be careful when selecting what spirulina to buy. Why? The main reason is because spirulina can be toxic. What I mean is that it has a natural ability to absorb things from its environment. And if its grown in polluted or contaminated waters, it will absorb those toxins. Its a good thing if you are taking spirulina to detox your body, but obviously a bad thing if you were to purchase it grown in poor quality standards.

So how do you know what spirulina to get?

I have reviewed some of the highest quality products that I have come across below. These products are all grown without the use of chemicals and are grown in an environment with quality assurance.

What form of spirulina are you looking for? Click below to find products that I have reviewed

Sources –

1) Evaluation of protective efficacy of Spirulina platensis against collagen-induced arthritis in rats. Inflammopharmacology. 2009 Jun;17(3):181-90. doi: 10.1007/s10787-009-0004-1. Epub 2009 Apr 24.

2) Inhibitory effects of Spirulina in zymosan-induced arthritis in mice. Mediators Inflamm. 2002 Apr;11(2):75-9.

Spirulina for Yeast Infection | Yes it works

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Yeast infections are no fun for anybody. Itchiness, rashes, burning sensation, nobody wants to feel like this. And if this is you then listen up. Spirulina is a natural remedy that can help you out and get rid of your yeast infection.

Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast infection accounting for about 90% of all yeast infections. And YES, spirulina is proven to be an effective remedy. But I’ll get into this a little later.

First you need to know that I’m not just talking about women here. Sure vaginal yeast infections are the most known and this is rightly so. But did you know that yeast infections can affect much more? Both men and women. You can get yeast infections almost anywhere on your body, and many people are not aware of this.

Yeast infections mostly occur in areas of the body that are moist. One of the more common spots for such infections is in between the fingers and toes, as well as around the nails. So if you have redness, itching, rashes, and/or discoloration in between your fingers or toes and/or around the nails, this might be due to having a yeast infection.

And if you do have a yeast infection, what better way to get rid of it then with a natural remedy. And I’m talking about spirulina.

Got a yeast infection? Spirulina can help

There are two studies that I have come across that show spirulina as being an effective solution to combating candida albicans infections. I know only two studies is not that much, and there is no doubt there needs to be more testing in this particular area, but there are also personal testimonials that claim it is very effective in getting rid of yeast infections to back the science up.

Anyway, let me briefly inform you on these two studies.

The first can be found in the Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science if you are interested. This study was conducted in 2013 and was performed to test the antibacterial and antiviral effects of spirulina. Candida albicans was one of many that was tested and one of many that was effected by the spirulina. Spirulina proved to lead to the inhibition of candida albicans growth [1].

The other study I found is very similar to the previous. It was a study to find antibacterial and antifungal effects of spirulina, and this was performed on a wide number of bacterias and fungi. The results here were the same. Spirulina proved to be effective at inhibiting candida albicans. You can find more about this in the International Journal of Ecology and Development [2].

One thing that you should note about these studies is that they both were performed in vitro, which means they were done in a test tube or something of that nature. But again, there are personal testimonials to back up these scientific claims.

Should you try taking spirulina to get rid of your yeast infection?

This is just going to be one of those things that you have to try out for yourself to see if it works. Like I mentioned earlier, candida albicans accounts for rougly 90% of all yeast infections. And spirulina is proven to inhibit candida albicans, which would get rid of your yeast infection.

So yes I do think you should try taking spirulina. Spirulina is an all around healthy food that will benefit you in a lot of other ways, besides just curing your yeast infection. You could consider it a holistic health supplement.

However, you must be careful when buying spirulina. This is something I tell everybody because it is so important.

caution-spirulinaWhere to buy spirulina

You have to be careful when selecting what spirulina to buy. Why? The main reason is because spirulina has a natural ability to absorb things from its environment. And if its grown in polluted or contaminated waters, it will absorb those toxins. Its a good thing if you are taking spirulina to detox your body, but obviously a bad thing if you were to purchase it grown in poor quality standards.

So how do you know what spirulina to get?

I have reviewed some of the highest quality products that I have come across below. These products are all grown without the use of chemicals and are grown in an environment with quality assurance.

What form of spirulina are you looking for? Click below to find products that I have reviewed

Studies Mentioned:

1) In vitro antiviral and antimicrobial activities of Spirulina platensis extract. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 3 (12); 2013: 052-056

2) In Vitro Study of Antibacterial and Antifungal Activity of Spirulina Platensis. International Journal of Ecology and Development. 2010, Volume (Special), 16 Number 2 (S10)

Spirulina Helps With Acne! – It did for me

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spirulina-for-acneOk, so there are a lot of people claiming that spirulina works for acne, but they haven’t tested it out for themselves. Well I have, and I’m telling you that it works! and its such a relief to have finally found something that clears up my skin.

I already wrote an article on why spirulina can cure your acne problem, but in this article I’m going to provide you with my very own testimonial to the acne beating powers of spirulina.

A little background on my acne problem

I have had acne since I was probably 16 years old. Luckily I have never had a problem with face acne, which is obviously the most visible. The acne that I have always had is on my upper back/shoulder area and the back of my neck. You may have heard this as being referred to as “backne” because its on the back.

But anyway, its been so annoying. Its particularly annoying on the back of my neck because whenever I would have some bad breakouts  it would hurt when I would turn my head. Its like the skin, being sensitive, would hurt and feel like its stretching too much.

I tried everything to get rid of it

I had tried, I would say at least 50 different acne products over the years to help get rid of this annoyance. But nothing seemed to work.

Scrubs, body washes, lotions, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur soap, you name it, I tried a lot. I even bought some bulk salicylic acid powder and mixed that in with body washes that I had.

When I thought that maybe it was because my skin was just extra dry, I started sleeping with a humidifier running every night and would wake up to condensation all over my windows.

The point I’m making is that I tried a lot of different methods. I didn’t just try out one acne treatment.

But nothing worked.

Then I decided to buy spirulina

And when I originally started taking spirulina it had nothing to do with me trying to get rid of my acne. In fact, I didn’t even know that it would help.

I got it for other health reasons and the clear skin was just an added bonus.

Spirulina Cured My Acne

If you are like me you will seriously start seeing a difference in less than a week. I think I began to notice changes within a few days. The hard, bad acne that feels like its about to burst started to decrease in pressure and just slowly started to heal up.

When I started to notice that my skin was getting better I began to do a little research online, and it didn’t take long to find that spirulina has numerous skin benefits that might be the reason for my acne going away.

I was getting excited at this point because I had pretty much given up on the hope of my acne ever going away. And now its going away! When I wasn’t even trying to get rid of it!

Its a great feeling not having backne like I did. I remember I couldn’t wear some shirts due to the material they were made up irritating my acne, on my neck in particular. But now I’m better and I don’t have to worry about it.

But its not a 100% fix

There are still times where I will get a few pimples here and there. But it is NOTHING like it used to be. I don’t have to hide my neck every day or have the annoyance day in and day out of acne pain and discomfort.

How much spirulina do I take?

I take a lot, probably more than most people. Normally I will take about 10 grams per day, which is about a heaping tablespoon.

All I do is blend the 10 grams of spirulina in with almond milk, a little oatmeal, and frozen fruit (berries, banana, etc) and I’m good to go in the mornings.

I have always taken doses of spirulina this size, so I don’t know how a smaller dose would effect the acne. But I have read reviews of people taking smaller doses like 2-3 grams per day and seeing their acne clear up.

If you want to buy spirulina here is some advice

If you are looking to buy spirulina you should know that not all spirulina is created equal. The environment in which it is grown in plays a huge role in its nutritional content and the overall quality of spirulina.

Spirulina has the ability to absorb toxins very easily if its grown in a toxic environment or under poor standards it is not a good idea to buy it.

If you want high quality spirulina that is grown in a quality assured environment, then I suggest you take a look at some of the top products that I have reviewed below.

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