Spirulina Herb Profile

health benefits of spirulina powder Spirulina Herb Profile

I don’t like using the term superfood, though it could certainly be applied to Spirulina. Though not technically an herb (actually a cyanobacteria), it boasts its fair share of health promoting properties. It is rich in Chlorophyll, and like plants, gets its energy from the sun.

What is it?

Spirulina is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients. When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. It is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids, and I typically recommend it to clients who decide to remain vegetarian for its high natural iron content. It is often touted for its high B-12 content, though there is a lot of debate about if this particular form is a complete and absorbable form of B-12 and I don’t recommend it completely in place of animal products.

The high concentration of protein and iron also makes it ideal during pregnancy, after surgery, or anytime the immune system needs a boost.

Health Properties:

Though it does taste like pond scum, Spirulina has some great health-boosting qualities:

  • Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements like Fermented Cod Liver Oil. (I suspect that the benefits of GLA in Spirulina are even more than what the studies have found since these studies often use vegetable oils for their GLA source, and the other inflammatory compounds in vegetable oils can interfere with the anti-inflammatory ability.) It contains all essential amino acids.
  • Spirulina contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.
  • Spirulina is extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.
  • Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation.
  •  Spirulina is a great source of other nutrients including (according to Wikipedia): “Spirulina contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium,  manganese, phosphorus,  selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable”.
  • This Spirulina (from Mountain Rose Herbs) was tested be an independent laboratory and found to have an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of over 24,000 which is 4x the ORAC score of blueberries. The ORAC score is generally used to measure antioxidant ability and concentration in different foods.
  • Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it excellent for children, the elderly and during pregnancy.
  • Some research has suggested that Spirulina may be helpful in allergies and allergic reactions.
  • Spirulina’s phosphorus content makes it helpful as part of a tooth remineralization regimen.
  • Emerging evidence suggests that it binds with radioactive isotopes and may be useful for radioactivity exposure or radiation therapy.
  • The protein in Spirulina is highly usable and has a net protein utilization rate of between 50-61%
  • Spirulina can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them.
  • Spirulina can increase fat burning during exercise.

How To Take

spirulina smoothie Spirulina Herb ProfileWhen choosing Spirulina, make sure to choose one that is organic, as others can have nitrate compounds as additives. The best one I’ve found is from Mountain Rose Herbs and it is also the cheapest organic Spirulina I’ve seen. It does taste like pond water though, so many people prefer supplements. I’ve tried Now Spirulina and found them to be good quality, though they are more expensive than the plain powder. (I haven’t tried this brand, but it seems to be a great deal for 1,000 500mg capsules for under $30). You can also get Spirulina powder in a 4-pound canister.

I always add Spirulina to my veggie smoothies each day and take extra during pregnancy. It is best to get in about 2 teaspoons per day, and 2 or more tablespoons during illness, after radiation exposure, or during pregnancy. It does taste horrible though! You can also mix into water and drink straight, though many people have trouble with this. The phosphorous makes it useful for the tooth remineralizing regimen, and it is best taken with an Omega-3 source like fermented cod liver oil. It’s anti-inflammatory properties have been helpful to some of my clients with joint pain or other types of inflammation.

Those with PKU should consult with a doctor before taking, as it does contain that amino acid. Those on any type of anti-coagulation medicine should consult with a doctor before beginning (or stopping) taking Spirulina.

Ever taken Spirulina? What did you think of the taste? Will you try it now? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Reb. says

    Hmm… I’ve always thought that I was allergic to spirulina, as I once drank a green smoothie containing that (from Odwalla) and experienced a profoundly (and I mean really, really profoundly), er, laxative effect. It’s not something I ever want to experience again! But after reading this I checked their ingredient list and it also has wheatgrass and barleygrass… and I have a grass allergy with cross-allergies for peas and melons. Any thoughts?

    • Mo says

      Odwalla superfood also contains Gluten – it’s one of only a couple of juices they make that does.

    • mike says

      Reb, by taking this super nutrient powder; it cleansed your body thus working as a detox in which your body eliminated all the metals toxins etc. through your bowel movements…giving you the laxative effect

    • Matt says

      Odwalla is owned by CocaCola, meaning the quality of their products is very low grade. There could have been pesticides and what not used to grow the spirulina and other products in there. Stay way from these kinda of “smoothies” Naked is owned by Pepsi as well so don’t drink these. They are also pasteurized so all the nutrients are basically destroyed. Look for organic spirulina and make it in a smoothie using other organic ingredients. Very Important!

    • James says

      Why is everyone talking about using the powder in a smoothie. take the tablets and you dont have to have that foul taste. I take 6 tabs first thing in the morning with 8 oz water.

    • John Wagner says

      Pond water. That’s the description I was looking for. I did not know how to describe the taste. I mix it with fruit smoothies to kill the taste. I have learned to like the deep green color and believe the health benefits are worth it.

  2. Cat says

    I’ve wanted to try it but have only had it in bottled green juices so far. I’m a little scared but lately I’ve liked a lot more weird stuff. Worth a try!

  3. Elizabeth says

    I’m pregnant and would like to take this… the veggie smoothie is something I could see doing on occasion, but I really love to just *eat* my veggies. So I guess I’d like to know how awful does it really taste in water?

    • Miriam Tolliver says

      I have to say that my family puts it in our smoothies sometimes and the kids will still drink them. We think it has a bit of a fishy taste but enough berries and bananas can cover that up(somewhat) LOL. I also find that adding dates to our smoothies for extra sweetness helps hide the taste of really nasty stuff.

      • Christine says

        It also helps to add it to lemon or lime water/juice. Helps cut the taste. Spirulina does taste gross – like pond scum, but after three days of using it, you won’t want to go without (and the taste does get somewhat more bearable). Your body will wake in the morning begging for it! I wouldn’t be without it …

      • Naile says

        I’m so sorry but it is dreadful and impossible to get used to. I now disguise it as a paste and spread it thinly in Naan bread whilst dunking it in the hottest phal on the menu!

        • Lee says

          haha! thats creative. for anybody ‘afraid’ of spirulina, don’t be.
          iuts so easy to drink, just put a spoonful into your OJ or apple juice and swirl it around, throw it back quickly, your done! its not supposed to be sipped casually,
          because yes it does taste like a puddle. so throw it down, and voila!
          your getting healthier.

    • holly says

      Mixing with oj really hides the taste and the vit c helps you absorb the iron. I mix two teaspoons with half a glass of fresh orange

  4. Vega says

    Could someone offer a rough “recipe” for using spirulina in a smoothie?  I am new to this, but would like to try.  Is there ever any use in adding it to cooked dishes, or does heat destroy its benefits?

    • says

      I’ve never tried adding to cooked dishes, but I add anywhere from 2 tsp-2 tbsp to a veggie smoothie. A lot of people add it to fruit smoothies and don’t mind the taste much, but we don’t drink many fruit smoothies, so I haven’t tried it.

      • Carol says

        I’ve taken spirulina in tablet form for years but now use the powder. I guess I’ve gotten use to the taste because it doesn’t taste bad to me. I use it in my morning smoothie which consists of a variety of the following: kale, orange, carrots, blueberries, apple juice, organic n/f yogurt; summer fruits, banana, extra vitamin C powder. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of this year. Surgeon wanted to do radical therapy. After meeting with oncologist, he stated tumor was already shrinking, but would benefit from an anti-estrogen pill, which I’ve opted for. Between changing my diet, massive amounts of prayer, and the anti-estrogen pill, it appears that the cancer has disappeared. Will know for sure after tests in another six weeks. Please pray that I will not need surgery, chemo, or radiation. Oh yes, I also at times sprinkle the spirulina on my fresh salad. I think I actually like the taste of spirulina and have taken it right out of the spoon at times.

        • Thomas Rearden says

          Before you consider surgery, chemo, or radiation…please go to cureyourowncancer.org and research and consider cannabis oil as treatment. I wish I had this knowledge before my mother was subjected to 3 rounds of both chemo and radiation and still passed away. The FDA and Big Pharma have kept this cure from the public in hopes of synthesizing a drug to be marketed since the seventies. The essential oil of the cannabis (marijuana) plant has such miraculous effects its hard to believe it cures and prevents a host of illnesses. Please consider it before you destroy your body.

          • Kathy says

            I had breast cancer before I was into good nutrition. I ate pretty clean but there is always room for improvement.
            I went into it with the attitude of “get it out of me…kill it…use the strongest stuff you got”! Had chemo treatments for a year. and 36 rounds of radiation.
            NOW I’m in the process of putting my body back together with only healthy foods. Just read about the spironilla and bought some…will try it in a smoothie for sure. I appreciate all that you all are sharing!
            God Bless!

    • Elena Sordo-King says

      Ingredients:

      6oz spring water
      6oz coconut water
      1 big scoop
      of a clean unflavored or vanilla protein powder
      ½ avocado, peeled and frozen
      are great
      1 tsp Hawaiian Spirulina
      1 Tbsp flaxseed oil
      ½ tsp probiotic
      powder
      Handful of frozen blueberries
      Shake of cinnamon

      Directions: Blend all of the listed ingredients. For extra
      thickness, add more ice.

    • Taylor Lager says

      I’ve been making smoothies everyday basically they consist of:

      -1 chobani yogurt cup of a flavor, usually blueberry (you can use any brand you want of course)

      -1 banana

      -squeeze of honey (maple syrup or agave)

      -splash of almond milk

      (the amount of milk depends on how much room I have left in the magicbullet cup)

      -a light spoonful of spirulina

      -ice

      Blend it all together.

      Smoothies are great because you just add what you want into it. Hope you can use this for a start.

    • Melissa LaChappelle says

      My favorite I do a few times a week is 8-10oz coconut water, 1/2 banana, 5-6 frozen strawberries, a handful of romaine or spinach, 1 tsp spirulina and 1tsp premier greens powder (premier research labs). Tastes great! :)

    • Alicia Thigpen Crawford says

      I just started taking Spirulina a couple of weeks ago and I add about a heaping TBSP when I juice organic carrots (about 6) with one apple. Make sure you have plenty of room to roughly stir it all together for a minute or so so it doesn’t have any clumps. I drink it with a straw and I don’t really taste it now. I do smoothies as well but I can’t imagine the taste of fruits with the Spirulina. The benefits of this far outweigh the taste seeing as how in less than 30 seconds it’s all over! :)

    • Judith Driscoll says

      As a wimp about things that don’t taste good, I use this smoothie recipe: 1 TBSP Spirulina, 2 TBSP Almond Butter, 1 TSP Maple Syrup, 1.5 C Almond Milk, and 1.5 C Coconut Milk, and 1 – 2 Bananas (all approximate measures).

    • Diana Krdotyan says

      I usually mix it with half a cup of blueberries, raspberries, one kiwi with almond milk… You would even taste the green algae in there, and also for extra boost I add half a tea spoon of raw maca powder… It has worked wonders for me emotionally, mentally and physically.
      Drink up to health and beauty

    • Kristen says

      I just started using Spirulina, but I’m excited to see how much better I can feel. For my morning smoothie, I use a banana, an orange, half an avocado, frozen blueberries, spoon of peanut butter, coconut water and a spoonful of spirulina. Its sweet, very filling, somewhat thick, and just ignore the color of sludge :)

  5. Vicky says

    What about encapsulating the powder in vegatable or gelatin capsules and washing them down with water to avoid the pond water taste?

    • says

      There are a couple links above for spirulina that is already in capsules. It is more expensive, but definitely easier to take! You could encapsulate yourself, but your hands will turn green :-)

  6. Camilla says

    I have a drink containing spirulina, chlorella, kamut wheatgrass and barley every day, and I am certain that this has changed my life and energylevels completely. I never feel fatigued any more like I used to. I am pregnant now, but still take my daily greens. After reading this artikle I will increase my dose from 1 to 2 teaspoons though. And to you who never tried it before; be careful in the beginning, because starting on a full dose 1-2 ts, can really mess up your stomach. It’s not dangerous, but very uncomfortable. When I started taking greens, I felt crappy for about 3-4 weeks until my body got used to it. I started taking only 1/4 ts in the beginning and gradually increased over the next 3 weeks. Someone wrote that they had a bad experience with a green smoothie, and that can be the cause…not allergy. Greens are powerful and will start detoxing your body, and can cause stomachtrouble in the beginning.

    • sarah says

      So interesting…I’m 9 weeks pregnant and just started drinking a raw milk smoothie of sorts…I was adding 1/2 tsp of spirulina and thought maybe I was just drinking too much milk (cramps, diarrhea).  I’ve switched to almond milk and taken out the spirulina.  I’m wondering if I should slowly add it back in or if now is not the best time to try it…benefits (vitamin and mineral powerhouse) vs disadvantages (not being able to keep anything in!)  Thoughts???

      • Camilla says

        I have read several places that the first 3 months of pregnancy is not the best time to introduce greens into your diet because the impact on the body is significant and there is already som much going on in your body in the beginning of the pregnancy. Thinking about how I felt in the beginning that makes sence. I was feeling very lousy the first 3 months of my pregnancy anyway(even being used to greens), so maybe you should wait for a few more weeks? When you do want to begin eating Spirulina (or other greens) start with just a tip of a ts in the beginning. Increase the dose a little every week. Be prepared to having a bad stomach for a few weeks. Good luck!

        • sarah says

          Great–thanks so much!  I eat fresh leafy greens on a daily basis, but think I’ll wait a bit more to add the spirulina :)

        • bina says

          Spirulina is also a great source of iodine and taking sufficient iodine during your first trimester can make a big difference in your baby’s IQ. On the otherhand, even being just mildly deficient in iodine can cause a lower IQ of a few points. I’d say, even if you feel kinda lousy, it’ll do your baby good in the long run so try to stick with taking Spirulina in the first trimester and on.

  7. Elsylee says

    I take Healthforce Natural Elixir of the Lake.

     It is pricey, but it is the best around. Yes, it does take like pond water, but after a few times you get used to it :-)

  8. Kirk says

    I am using about 1/2 Tablespoon each day in a green smoothie. Any more than that and you can taste the pond. I feel it does give me more energy and just an overall “good” feeling. I don’t get as achy after strenuous work or exercise.

      • Andrea Olmsted says

        Make a banana and Oj smoothy. The Oj really mask the flavor and I always put a banana iny smoothies. I have also added almond milk and/or Greek yogurt. But I do not always have them. Drink plenty of water during the day as well.

  9. Courtney says

     I first tried it at a Juice Bar to ensure I liked it before making the investment.  When mixed in a smoothie, you cannot taste it, unless you use to much, so start off with 1 teaspoon and work your way up.

  10. Stacy says

    Yes, I have been taking spirulina for years. I helped me during my pregnancy with fatigue and help me recover from a toxic surgery along with medicinal herbs. Spirulina is also great as a body mask! It really has countless uses.

  11. Iryna says

    I like to take it in my green smoothie every day (2 cups spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp spirulina powder). It tastes pretty decent!

  12. says

    I put it in a green smoothie every morning – 1/2 T spirulina, 1 T wheat grass powder, 1 T ground flax seeds, 1/4 c raw milk kefir, 3/4 c raw milk yogurt, 1/2 frozen banana, 3-4 cups spinach, some ice cubes – if I want a little sweeter I add 1/2-1 tsp honey. Talk about an energy boost!

  13. says

    I hated it until I tried it with V8. It’s a more natural combination somehow – I think it messes too much with a lovely pastel smoothie, and even in a green smoothie it’s just kind of too intense. I still have to sort of chug it and not notice the looks but it tastes just fine with any sort of tomato juice.

  14. Don says

    A source recommended I get this for my son’s ADHD and to replace the veggies he’s not getting everyday. I was suffering from an allergic reaction at the time and decided to drink it myself. I mixed it with a banana, mango and apple juice. After blending, It taste great! My son also enjoyed it as well. The swelling from my reaction started to subside and I saw results hours later. It’s best if you pick the fruits and veggies you like best to blend with. The taste and smell is not appealing but I will stick with it because our bodies need this boost!

  15. Mo says

    i have been drinking a teaspoon of spirulina in hot vegie broth daily for a few years. I like the taste that way. I had it in a restaurant that way once, and thus the idea. I do wonder how one can really find out which spirulina products are safe to use, and which ones do make it in a controlled and tested environment which makes sure it is free from contaminants which can be harmful to the liver. A list of safe and tested products would be nice to have. Any ideas?

  16. Michelle Connelly says

    I dont make smoothies, so the BEST way for me to take spirulina (in my humble opinion) is mixed with a 1/4-1/2 cup apple cider. It’s amazing, no weird pond scummy taste!

  17. Lindsey says

    I put spirulina in my fresh juices. The taste is something to get used to, but it has great health benefits! I have had an issue with my acne since I moved to the UK and taking spirulina has totally cleared it up. I am JUMPING with joy.

  18. Danyell Warner says

    I have spirulina in my fruit and veggie smoothie every morning. The entire office got the flu this year, except 5 people and myself. My hair and nails are doing better than ever too. I don’t feel tiered during the day hardly at all anymore. I’ve been taking spirulina powder daily for about 2 months now, and it has been amazing! I recommend it to everyone. I use Nutrex, Pure Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica.

  19. Hanna says

    i add my daily Spirulina to a cup of my favorite smoothie, but i make sure that it doesn`t containt any tropic fruit, cus i heard it would make the effect weaker..

  20. says

    I started taking 6 tabs 500 mg spirulina 2 mornings ago. First day I felt dizzy & nauseated & that night, my insomnia was worse than usual. 2nd day I was completely drained & exhausted & tummy a little upset & appetite not good & insomnia worse again. This am still really exhausted. I thought maybe I’m feeling this way because I’m detoxing, I also was concerned maybe my dosage was wrong. I read something suggesting I wasn’t taking enough & that’s why I’m so drained, then another suggested I’m taking too much & that’s the reason for insomnia even though I take it in the morning. I’m a very tiny woman, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thank you for your wonderful site!

  21. Stacy McGee says

    I take the tablets, because my research has prompted me to believe that the granulation process to create the powders causes lost nutritional value to some degree – although I do not believe it is significant, I’m just a fanatic lol. I have tried vitamin world 500mg and thought it was fantastic. Within just a couple of weeks I noticed a difference in my energy level and my arthritis. I would get a mouth full of water and break them apart slightly using my front teeth for them to dissolve if had no cup for water, which I don’t feel is necessary what so ever, before swallowing. These have a dog food taste lol. It was not unbearable and I got use to it quickly and frankly didn’t mind it because it is an extremely small price to pay for the amount of benefits.

    I then got the brand Source Naturals which I wasn’t impressed with, I guess because my first experience was with the vitamin world brand so it was more mental I believe, because it is more compacted and not easily broken or dissolved and feel that it takes my system longer to digest thus absorb. These of course do not have a taste so to speak because of the fact they do not dissolve or break very easily so I just stick them in my mouth and swallow.

    I take three, three times a day. Although I started off with one and worked my way up over time, which I recommend because of the detoxifying power. Even working my way up slowly caused slight dizzy spells here and there as the amount had just gotten to the quantity of three per serving, but didn’t last long. I’d say they did not occur longer than a couple of weeks, and maybe only twice a day for a couple of second a piece. This was at the very beginning though as my body was being first introduced to it.

    • Louisa says

      I’ve just started to try some, I got excited and orders some that was quite inespensive without really checking where it was grown etc, it isn’t organic (but I read an article regarding Australian spririlna that suggests its one of those products that can’t be truly organic and that the Australian authorities don’t award organic status). Anyway, I took a bit and it’s not nice as such but not as bad as I expected after reading a few people say it tastes of ammonia. Mine seems to taste a bit like blood to be honest, I hope this doesn’t mean it has metals in it. I am now wondering whether to bin it and get organic but don’t have much money so this was kind of a trial I suppose. Can any harm come from having none organic? Any more than eating none organic bit very washed fruit and veg for the last 30 years say?

      • Rebekah says

        It does have metals in it; spirulina is an excellent source of iron, which is the same as the taste of blood which also has iron. Not all metals are bad for your body. :)

    • Brigitte says

      I have been suffering with a mystery illness for over a year that no doctor has been able to help so far. Every medication makes me worse and I often feel so weak and have so much pain I cannot get out of bed. Spiralina has been a true medicine for me. I take it in the morning with water and do some yoga and have energy that I would not otherwise have. I am grateful to have found this miracle food.

  22. Jennifer says

    I’m not a smoothie person (crazy, I know!). Is there another way to get this down without having to drink it or take it in capsule form? I’m pretty good about handling bad tastes as long as I know it’s good for me.

    • Harsha says

      2 trays of ice cubes made with limeade using 1 table spoon of Chlorella and 1 table spoon of Spirulina – THAT is the best way to get it down! I try and drink at least a half tray per day. Can usually drink a whole tray without much effort. Tastes great – Just add water :)

  23. Elena Sordo-King says

    I just started taking spirulina, adding it to my protein shakes. I can’t taste, so i guess so far to good. My protein shake includes spirulina, coconut water, flax oil, frozen blueberries and strawberries, probiotics and vanilla protein powder. I tend to think that all protein powder mix sort of dominates the taste of whatever you put it in – my kids describe this shake tasting like a vanilla cake. Not so bad :)

  24. says

    There is a guy here in Florida who makes popsicles out of it. I love the chocolate covered chocolate spirulina & my hubbie like the chocolate covered ginger spirulina pops. The company is called Hero Pops. The pops are dairy free and organic.Each pop contains 25% living spirulina. I love them.

  25. prashant says

    best food available on earth…i would say the only miracle i have seen on earth is SPIRULINA..

  26. Ashley says

    “Spirulina contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.”
    “… it is best taken with an Omega-3 source like fermented cod liver oil.”

    Just wondering why it is best taken with an Omega-3 source if it is already very high in Omega-3s. I’m currently nursing and have been looking into ways to get Omega-3s through diet without eating too much fish (because of mercury). I don’t really like to take supplements (pills in general), so I would prefer to just add spirulina to my smoothies and skip the cod liver oil. Any thoughts or suggestions?

  27. Jack says

    I just came upon this stuff today at a local health food store, it smells like a fish tank. But i put it in my smoothie that i have like everyday; 1 avocado,1 banana, a squirt of agave nectar, some almond milk, and ice. Today i put the algae in it and i think the avocado and banana mask the possible nasty taste ^_^ so I think this recipe cam work for anyone having a hard time taking it plain. I sometimes put chia seeds in my smoothie also.

  28. kelly says

    I like a few teaspoons of spirulina in my orange juice to wash down my prenatals each day. I think it’s a tad weird when you first try it, but I’ve been using spirulina off and on as a supplement for about 15 years now so I’ve come to enjoy the taste. If you use too much spirulina and don’t balance it out with any sweetness, it can be a bit overwhelming.

  29. Christina says

    Thank you! This article is perfect. I am about 31 weeks pregnant and my doctor informed me that I am anemic and she’d like me to take iron supplements but I’d rather correct the deficiency via diet. This article (and reader comments) gave me just the information I needed. Thank you very much!

  30. Albert Hayden says

    I loved spirulina thanks for your post i like this.its nice and very interested to read on spirulina powder.here i have got more points on spirulina powder thanks for that.

  31. Jennifer says

    I recently purchase a capsule machine and spirulina was my first attempt at homemade supplements. It worked out great. My hands were a little green until I washed them but that was no big deal at all. Capsules go down easy peasy. I have even talked the hubster into taking spirulina daily. I can’t take the fishy taste at all so this has worked out wonderfully for our family.

  32. Nicole says

    I’ve just found out I’m pregnant and I’m taking 1 tablespoon of spirulina in water daily. I read somewhere that spirulina is risky in pregnancy due to mercury levels. Is this true? I’m taking naturya spirulina powder

  33. Suzi Sutriana says

    I’ve used the Hawaiin Pacifica brand in the powder and its quite disgusting but it’s also amazing and healthy. My mum used to say if something tastes awful it must be good for you. I am 34 weeks pregnant and was worried that it is not safe during pregnancy but as I’ve been reading now realise that it is quite beneficial and will continue to take it. Thanks for a very informative page :-)

  34. Becki says

    If anyone hasn’t yet had the suggestion of shaking spirulina over popcorn — do it now! There is a vendor at my farmer’s market that sells homemade popcorn with spirulina, nutritional yeast, butter, sea salt and some garlic powder. It’s really good. Even the kids like it.

  35. Pam says

    I take Spirulina in powder form every day in my smoothie. First I make an organic juice (with my juicer) made of carrots, apple and pear. Then I add this juice to my blender and blend it with spirulina, chai seeds, flax oil, chlorophyll liquid, juice of one organic lemon, organic kale and frozen fruit. It’s actually the most delicious smoothie ever and packs a powerful nutritious punch. It makes me feel SOO energetic! Sometimes I have one right after work too. I love it!!

  36. Amanda Mazzanti says

    I love it and have only recently started adding about 1 teaspoon to my green smoothie. A friend showed me that by adding about a quarter-size slice of ginger root and cilantro – it masks that funny taste you all are referring to. I also use a coconut water base with frozen berries, bananas in mine! I never thought that mixing fruit with greens like kale and celery and spirulina would taste as refreshing as it does. I drink them daily now and feel a major increase in energy and wake up earlier.

  37. Kristin Porter says

    I have been adding Hawaiian spirulina to my smoothies and when I do that I can’t even taste it. I can definitely tell a difference health wise just taking 1 teaspoon but since reading this article I plan on upping it to 2 teaspoons a day.

  38. Samantha Hummel says

    I am a vegetarian and currently pregnant. After speaking with my doctor about different options to ensure that my body and my baby are getting enough iron, I decided to give spurilina a try. I was able to find it at my local natural food store in bulk (and it’s organic)! Also, if I don’t feel like making a smoothie, I just mix a tablespoon or two into some low sodium tomato juice. I highly recommend trying it! Super fast, convenient, and delicious!

  39. Jasmin Curry says

    Maybe I’m mistaken but I didn’t see you mentioned that those who purchase this should be aware of the waters their spirulina comes from as it could be contaminated. I did click on the mountain rose herb to see if I could read any information about where they obtain their product from but didn’t see any. From my research I have read that the best spirulina comes from kona hawaii. I just purchased Nutrex spirulina today which comes from such water. As for the organic thing I do belief it’s overrated and just a marketing tool. Everything is a business and about money. I think so called organic products and non organic are all the same. But if it gives people a piece of mind, hey que sera sera what will be will be. Btw if you did mention anything about what I said you didn’t I might’ve missed it due me being tired. :)

  40. Melanie Brownlee says

    Spirulina is sometimes available in capsule form, though I’m not sure how organic it is. Another way to avoid the horrible taste is to mix the powder into a paste using a smidge of water and wrap small portions of it in rice paper(cigarette papers do the trick- totally OK to consume). Swallow the bundles with a large glass of water as if it were a pill. Health benefits without the bad taste.

  41. Linda Morris-Jackson says

    I use it everyday in the morning in a green juice. I don’t care for the taste but I cover it up with a piece of ginger or apple. I have a friend that has lost inches and gained energy.

  42. Barry Wu Ming says

    I drink it with just a small amount of water. I’m not sure why people say it tastes like pond scum: but then I have never tasted pond scum.

  43. Candice says

    Im confused because we are currently trying for another baby and my 3 year old son and I started taking it in our smoothies for the first time today. I have just decided to research it now and so many sites are saying do not take during pregnancy and dont give to kids, and then others are saying do give??? So confused….

    • Jessica says

      I’m now wondering the same thing- if spirulina really is safe during pregnancy. About to start trying to conceive. Did u take it throughout your pregnancy? If so was the baby healthy and ok?

  44. Sydney says

    I have both the Hawaiian spirulina pills and powder, as sometimes I don’t have time to make a smoothie in the morning as I would like. I take it in place of butter oil with my cod liver oil to remineralize my teeth (curing three tiny cavities right now!) The kind I am using has NO bad taste that I can detect, I like adding it to things, however, because I absorb nutrients better through food, sometimes taking pills can make me nauseous.

    It gives me a bit of a kick of energy if I take it in the morning in place of my tea, not a huge difference as I can tell, but a nice benefit. As with a lot of supplements and vitamins, I don’t usually see a major difference in skin/hair/ailments until a few months (it has been about one since regularly taking it) other than more energy in the morning. It falls under my “it will keep my bones and skin healthy when I am old” category, seeing as being 19 I have great skin and hair already, not much to improve, haha!

  45. Julia Lasker says

    I find that if I use this recipe it will completely mask the taste of the spirulina..

    1 scoop chocolate protein powder (chocolate is key.. I usually prefer vanilla, but it doesn’t cover up the taste)
    1 tsp spirulina
    2 scoops of Boku Superfood powder
    1/2 frozen banana (I don’t always add this)
    Shake of cinnamon
    Water

    It is easy and awesome in the morning!

  46. Aya says

    I am taking Australian Spirulina grown in Darwin. I take 3 big table spoons with 4 bananas in two smoothies a day. I work as a nurse. It is hard work. I am vegan eating lots of raw. The only thing that give me this great strength and fix everything is SPIRULINA. My eyes looks lighter as so much cleansing is going on (because of Sp.)! Before my 6am start shift work as a nurse I need to have a strong dark drink with it! Fantastic. Brain power, physical energy and focus** I used to be allergic to it. Not any more … or maybe Au.Spirulina is clean. We talked to the grower. My body likes this brand. I will try others as well in the future but stay with this I think. For those having allergic reactions … try this one … start it small (teaspoon a day in water+ banana/blend), mid-day, 200ml … and can build it up slowly. But eat pure … not junk … as it cleanses so well.
    Good luck everybody out there*!! Health, HAPPINESS AND LOVE

  47. Zonia Mendoza Kelley says

    it takes like crap, lol sorry. I just suck it down in a smoothy, which helps alot. I just think of it as its doing me more good than just the harm of the taste of it. lol

  48. Julia says

    Thanks for this article! One question… My jar of powder says that 1tsp contains 11,250IU of vitamin A from beta carotene. Would this be a concern during pregnancy?

  49. HeatherN says

    I’ve heard from a friend that you can give it to babies/toddlers. Do you have any knowledge on that? If so, what is the earliest age it can be introduced to a child?

  50. Amanda Daugherty says

    I place 1-2 teaspoons of the powdered version into a small glass of spicy v8 juice. I can hardly taste it. I think it smells worse than it tastes.

  51. Connie Dunn says

    Wellness Mama, I just want to say that you are awesome!! I aspire to look as professional and intelligent and simple to navigate as your site is. Great work!

  52. Billie says

    I blend spirulina into mega green juice then add that to my green tea kombucha to ferment a second time. Triple green kombucha tastes great!

  53. Lisa Bulloch says

    Recommended: 1 serving:

    1 banana,
    juice of 1 orange,
    handful of spinach,
    quarter of avocado,
    coconut milk (or yr milk of choice),
    1 teaspoon of spirulina powder.

    whizz it all together et voila, the best tasting smoothie ever:) Aside of the health benefits, i have found that i am rather addicted to the taste.

    I used to blend this smoothie minus the spirulina powder (before i was aware of spirulina’s existence) and it’s a delicious, well-rounded, satisfying smoothie as it is bt i find that adding the spirulina powder compliments and rounds the taste even further to perfection. Great for breakfast (or anytime for that matter) – enjoy!

  54. Katie says

    There is an amazing Spirulina Pie recipe by Matt Amsden in his book RAWvolution. I highly recommend checking it out (the whole book is great). I never thought Spirulina could taste so good!

  55. ashley says

    I drink spirulina in smoothies like powdered spirulina, kale, strawberries, peach slices, and orange juice. If I don’t have time to make a smoothie then I just buy one with spirulina it in like Odwalla’s Original Superfood.

  56. Dee says

    I was skeptical about all these superpower powders, vitamins, foods, etc… I heard by mixing broccoli, spirulina and green tea extract that this combo is suppose to give you so much energy, fight off free radicals, help you sleep better… so i looked up if spirulina is really that good for you. Well, I came across a YouTube video posted by Rawsomehealthy that made me think twice about ingesting spirulina. The lady in the video describes spirulina as toxic (at least a popular brand that she researched but she never said which brand it was) that it contained fly fragments, magot fragments, ticks, water flees, mouse hairs… that is DISGUSTING and so very unhealthy! Thats why the guest on here, Reb. said that it was like a laxative effect to her body because her body was trying to get rid of all the toxic ingredients of the brand of spirulina she ingested, or she just might be allergic to it? I’m not a doctor nor am I a nutritionist but I do a lot of research and hope that I make the best choices from all the information I’ve read. I love to read peoples comments because they give great info on how they use spirulina and what good brand to use. I’m not saying NOT to use spirulina but just make sure its a reputable brand. I highly take into consideration what Wellness Mama posts and all her fantastic information for health and wellness. So buy the brand she uses, organic spirulina from the Mountain Rose Herbs, just to make sure you know that it is pure and not full of all these NASTY toxic ingredients.
    Here is the YouTube video…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE1A-pqFi2o

    • bev says

      Dee, I tried to research the link from you-tube that you posted; however, it said the link is private and if the owner granted you access, then log in. Too bad…..I was curious as to what was said there.

  57. Loren says

    Im quite convinced that aside from the little weak already made green juices that sit on the shelf in grocery stores I’m pretty allergic to spirulina. Whenever I’ve tried to take other forms of it I’ve experienced flu-like symptoms to where I almost cant’ get out of bed afterwards! Fever, nausea, weakness, cold sweats the works!

  58. says

    I was a blond haired, blue eyed boy growing up in Las Vegas during the era of above ground nuclear testing at the Nevada test site and sunburned every summer of my life and still after 68 years on this planet I have yet to test positive for skin cancer(I never use sunscreen). I worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation for several years back in the eighties and just about everyone I worked with there has died of cancer. Every male on my father’s side of the family has had prostrate cancer by the time they reached my age, (Grandfather and great uncle died from it) and mine is just fine. Not to mention that I grew up in the furniture refinishing business using products by the gallon that has proven to be cancer causing. I have been taking spirulina (6 500mg tabs a day) faithfully since 1978. You do the math.

  59. says

    I do drink it and it’s pretty yucky for sure but I mix in 2 drops of pure peppermint oil and shoot it down with a glass of water. It works! I get the Green Zone from Natures Sunshine as it has this and many, many other ingredients (minerals, vitamins etc) in it that are good for you. I am iron-deficient anemic so hoping this helps restore my blood levels!

  60. Anna Popescu says

    I just had my first taste of spirulina powder mixed with water. Pond scum is right! However it is very tasty when stirred into a glass with 1/2 water & 1/2 organic orange juice. Score!

    Love your site!

  61. Matt says

    I found some “Spirulina super chips” they don’t taste bad per se, but I wouldn’t call them delicious. They are ok to munch on though, and I tend to eat them kinda like a bag of chips, with no guilt. A bit spendy though.

  62. Nikki says

    I’ve been adding a teaspoon of spirulina every day to my smoothies. I then realized that the vitamin A was almost 10,000 iu. Is this too high since I am also taking a prenatal that has 2,500 iu? Since spirulina’s vitamin A is in the form of beta carotene, does the high iu content not matter?

  63. Kathleen says

    I have been thinking about using spirulina since reading one of your blogs and bought some yesterday. The brand is Pure Hawaiian Spurlina Pacifica and has a little odd smell to it. Because of this I was a little nervous about adding it to my scrambled egg with black beans and kim chee – especially once I poured the tsp full over the top of my food! But actually, there wasn’t much of a taste change. I am not allowed dairy or fruit so making a smoothie I enjoy was out of the question and I really didn’t want to try the spirulina with water only. I have fibromyalgia and energy has been a problem. The diet I follow has helped tremendously and I’m looking forward to the added boost the spirulina should give to me!

  64. says

    I currently take the NOW certified organic Spirulina 1000mg pill form and liked that your post talked about it. I started taking it for helping to reduce the overall effects of radiation exposure on a daily basis and have recently learned there are a whole lot of great reasons to take it. Recently learned about magnesium, that most people are deficient, and our bodies need it for a whole host of reasons. Was excited to learn Spirulina has magnesium from your article. Lord knows I don’t want to have to take 15 million supplements per day. Thank you!

  65. Gina says

    I believe spirulina tastes fairly good, just don’t smell it raw, that’s diff. Add it to matcha green tea, almond and coconut milk with various fruit or veggie smoothie and it’s delicious actually. Give it another try. If you want everything to taste and smell good then you’re likely getting very poor nutrition and hidden GMO crap in your fantasy world :)

  66. Misty says

    I tried to read all the previous comments but there are so many. We are newly expecting and I am severely anemic. You say 2t-2T, how do I know right amount? Can it be taken like a shot with oj or lemon water? I had an intravenous iron transfusion before finding we are expecting and am hoping to avoid these. My hematologist is not so in agreement with me taking natural approach but I figure long as he thinks his method is working were good. He wants to prescribe an iron supplement he said is so strong need perscription and would have to take twice a day. Probably cause cramping and constipation and make stool black…um no thanks.

  67. Madhu says

    Hi, can I mix the spirulina powder and wheat grass powder together in a green juice made of green apples,spinach,courgelet.

    Thanks

  68. Linda says

    My 15 y/o son, who is vegetarian since birth, is body building and drinks Spirulina and Chlorella each day for the protein and health benefits. He just mixes the powder in water and guzzles it. He says he is used to the taste. We fed it to our kids off and on thru childhood in smoothies but this is his choice now based on his own research.

  69. Vince says

    I been using spirulina, juniper berries, bitter peel extract, guarana, siberian ginseng with stevia. I mix about a third of a teaspoon of each into 100g of Yogurt. What I also have found is adding some soy protein.

    I then add a banana and coconut milk and some ice. I mix this up every day. Ever since I cannot live without it.

    I no longer suffer from Chronic fatigue, my cholesterol is down, and what is amazing I always had a high fat percentage of 20,90%, since doing this twice a day. I enjoy a peanut butter sandwich as a mid afternoon snack and I like eating my meats at night. My body fat percentage now is 16,70% I have lost 4kg and all this in a matter of two weeks. I look good, feel great and my water levels and energy is constant.

    Spirulina is amazing. . . And IF you can, also get some Moringa, It is an african herbal leaf that helps as well, especially with constipation.

  70. Shelly says

    I just started taking capsules yesterday because I’ve been reading about the wonderful benefits of Spirulina. I frequently make smoothies or green juices, but after reading that Spirulina has a fishy smell, I’m afraid I’d never get it down. I know I’d start gagging as soon as the smell hit my nose… :-( Unfortunately, I’m not a lover of seafood or fish, so I opted for the capsules made by Now. Do you think the benefits from capsule form is as good as the benefits from the powder form?

    Shelly

  71. Shane Edward says

    That spirulina you mentioned from mountainroseherbs is from India, so I doubt that it is organic :( same with everything that comes from China….. Monsanto has been very active in those countries long before Monsanto was even a common name in the United States….

  72. Valerie says

    Just made my first Spirulina smoothie! After reading the comments, I was a bit worried it would overpower the drink…so I added quite a bit. The smell was almost too much for me to even add it in to the blender *gag*…but….after mixing it all up I can’t taste it or smell it. I do have quite the GREEN smoothie though…LOL For mine I added: Frozen mango, pineapple, strawberry & banana chunks (approx 1C.) * 1/2 C Ice * 1 tsp Sunbutter * 2 TBSP Coconut Oil * 1 tsp Spirulina Powder & approx 1/2-3/4 C Tropical Flavored Coconut Water…..blending and adding til desired consistency. Yum! This is doable :)

  73. Jody says

    I tried Organic Spirulina powder just the other day for the very first time (got it from an organic food store), I mixed half a table spoon of the powder with Apple juice and drank it around 6pm but after a few hours I had such a severe headache and couldn’t sleep until 3am, it wasn’t a very nice experience being a first timer

    Nevertheless I’ve heard so many good things about it, so I still would like to try Spirulina tablets or Capsules and see if they work on me. Until then I’ll be having my powdered flaxseed soup

    Your advice/suggestions regarding powder or tablets will be greatly appreciated

  74. Signe says

    I just take it in capsule form…. that way you only have to smell it when you open the bottle! It is all I use for my considerable allergies!! I used to take 2 different RX for them(allergies) but this works much better and no additional side affects as the Rx had!

  75. maria simone says

    I take Healthforce Natural Elixir of the Lake.
    It is pricey, but it is the best around. Yes, it does take like pond water, but after a few times you get used to it :-)

  76. Wendy says

    I used to take spirulina on a regular basis. However, there have been some recent studies, which have been summarized out on NutritionFacts.org, that reflect that spirulina and other types of blue-green algae have possible neurotoxicity properties. Have any others seen this as well? I’m struggling to find a good green powder that doesn’t include spirulina . . .

  77. Lori says

    I enjoy the taste. I mix spirulina with water, chia seeds, maca, and “Truly Natural Vitamin C.” The chia seeds add the omega 3s (as noted in the article) plus the fat helps assimilate the vitamin A. The maca is added because maca is good. The vitamin C helps absorb the iron in the spirulina. Sometimes I add some cayenne pepper–I just like the spice and it is good for the circulation.

    This is my power-health drink. I also add the occasional Vega Sport Energizer (sugar free) and drink this as a pre-workout.

    I notice that when I skipped spirulina and then re-added it to my diet after a couple of weeks, I got this feel-good, positive energy immediately. Shortly later, I read a label of a smoothie containing spirulina that it is also a mood enhancer.

  78. Livi says

    I just started taking Spirulina three days ago. The first two days, I felt energized and really good. Day three, diarrhea hit along with severe stomach pain and I felt slightly nauseated. I did some research and read that it is part of the detox process. I also read that it could be due to contaminated Spirulina. Did this happen to anyone else? My question is, will the diarrhea and stomach pain eventually stop? I was only taking one teaspoon first thing in the morning. First day I took it with cranberry juice, second day in a smoothie and third day with v8 juice. Any advice is greatly welcomed. I did not take it today as I felt awful yesterday.
    Thanks so much!

  79. Cath says

    Hi Wellness Mama,

    Absolutely love your website and have been following it for a while now!

    Also I appreciate the valuable info you give about spirulina on this page.

    I just wanted to let you know that in the case of spirulina, there is a lot of good spirulina that do not have the label “organic” just because of a new regulation on the nutrients given to the spirulina when they grow.

    There are however a lot of spirulina that one should avoid; such as the spirulina coming from China and other country that might not have the health standard up to par with the US.

    Just thought you like to know ;)

    DrCath

  80. Debbie says

    I put both chlorella (ultrasound shattered cell wall) and spirulina powders (raw, organic by Earth Circle Organics) in smoothies all the time that I make and no one knows that either of these things are in there. I mix it with whatever various frozen fruits I have on hand, add a banana if I have any, a few baby carrots, spinach or kale, homemade almond milk/coconut milk and water, coconut oil, Garden of Life’s Raw Vanilla Meal, either raw honey or coconut sugar or maple syrup (just a bit) and ice – it’s awesome!! I only use organic ingredients as well.

  81. gayathri says

    spirulina is also found to have tumor fighting abilities since it has been found to active the natural killer cells in the immune system. People with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis should also avoid taking spirulina. During pregnancy/nursing one should consult a doctor before taking it.

  82. Carrie says

    I am very picky and my sister worked for years to get me on green smoothies. I started them with my Nutribullet and then she told me to add spirulina. When I add it to my smoothies I don’t taste it because I’m already used to the green taste. If I add it to a smoothie without greens, I can taste it, but it’s not horrible. I always put a banana in my smoothies. The riper the banana the more flavourful it is. You will get used to it in smoothies. It smells horrible..I couldn’t imagine taking it with water!!!!

  83. Miny says

    I don’t taste it in my green smoothies, but then again I put fresh ginger in there and that seems to take the edge off of pretty much everything. =)

  84. Andrea says

    I heard that there’s a link between Spirulina and Parkinsons and ALS. Is this true? Someone recommended to give Spirulina to my 10 month old. Shes iron deficient and they said this is better then giving her iron drop supplements. I gave it to her once in a frozen banana puree, but now Im not so sure to continue giving it to her if theres a risk. I know theres amazing benefits, but dont want to put my child at risk.

  85. Anthony Moslares says

    Thank you soo much wellness mama for this wonderful blog of yours..my family keep on reading always on your different kind of blogs cause it helps a lot n our every day life..MORE POWER WELLNESS MAMA…

  86. Mo says

    I have been taking naturya spirulina but feel no better I have no energy is it because its from china. I just want to sleep.Help.

  87. Annette says

    Multiple Sclerosis individual: I have been taking spirulina going on 3 months now. So far, I feel pretty good, and haven’t had a real relapse in quite some time, but don’t know if it’s just the spirulina. I have also been exercising my legs to help me with my MS. Does spirulina help people who have MS, and how is it beneficial for them, or can it interfere with MS medication. For me, the medication is Gilenya once a day.

  88. Avalon says

    Am I nuts for loving the taste?! I have spirulina capsules and powder and I think it’s delicious!! I’m glad I started adding it to my smoothies before reading this article, I would have been too grossed out by the notion of consuming something that tastes like “pond scum” to indulge. It’s not that bad, folks!!

  89. Ken says

    I have been taking spirulina along with other powdered items. each day I use 2 cups of mixed frozen fruit I cup of coconut milk 1tsp of each of the following. spirulina, chlorella, hemp powder, maca powder, moringa powder. throw it in the blender with ice. I don’t really think it has a bad taste, maybe at first but after awhile you either like it or not. I tend to think it is ok. I sometimes put more in if I feel particularly stressed. I don’t feel like a superhuman so if you think all of a sudden you can leap tall building because of the hype I assure you you will not leap tall buildings. it just makes for a healthy meal replacement or in my case I just like having a cold smoothie in the middle of the day.

  90. Hannah Batkin says

    I have read many things about spirulina and how to disguise it. i really struggled to accept the taste and like many others was put off by it. However i now mix a table spoon of powder with honey (anything viscous with do) and add 200mls grapefruit juice or lemon juice to the paste. Then add what ever fruit or veg smoothie you like. the pond water like taste that is normally present has gone and its just the colour thats off putting. I enjoy my smoothie each day now :)

  91. john says

    I know it’s good, but it tastes horrible.
    I make a smoothie with carrots, apples and cucumber and then add spirulina to it. That tastes okay.
    Thx for your blog.
    John

  92. Yolanda says

    Sorry, I read the comment policy After submitting my post. I had used the screen name “Islandgyrl” but my name is Yolanda. Also, sorry if the post was too lengthy. Should I scale it down?

    • Yolanda says

      I no longer have the post I submitted Monday under the username Islandgyrl.

      When I hit the submit button it totally disappeared. I’m guessing you can view it on your end? Whenever you get a free moment maybe you could send it so I could revise?

      Sorry for the hassle :(

  93. Bindi says

    Hi Katie
    I love spirulina and love the way I feel when I am taking it regularly. I am extremely happy that I can take this while I am pregnant. I was wondering if you know anything about chorella, monolaurin and olive leaf consumption while being pregnant.

    Thanks

    Bindi

  94. Brenda says

    I always add spirulina powder when I make guacamole … it keeps the guac from turning brown, you can’t really taste the spirulina, and it’s a way of getting a bit more into your system.

  95. Renee says

    I had spirulina salad dressing the other day it was delicious. Lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and spirulina powder.

  96. Anwar Ibrahim says

    Hello, Found your article and enjoyed reading what you had to say about Spirulina. I really appreciated the independent study done on Mountain Rose Spirulina. Did you send the product in for testing? What company did you use? I would love to send some samples of “Moringa Oleifera” powder for testing which is also considered a super food.

    The, “tastes like pond scum” was classic! Although, most of us have never really drank down a glass of pond scum, some how we all can almost taste it just from the description.
    I have never really sipped on spirulina in liquid form so it was nice to see all the added recipes. I personally just encapsulate my own powder. I guess I always feared the Pond Scum taste.

    Thanks again for sharing your article, “Wellness Mama.” I have have room on my site for posting of health related articles. I would be happy to place one of your articles on my website with links back to your Wellness Mama page.

    peace and positivity, Anwar

  97. Lloyd Gardner says

    The only way to consume Spirulina in liquid form is in Tomato Juice.

    For some reason the tomato hides not only the pond taste but also stops that smell from being released.

    I have tried virtually hundreds of different things at that is the only one that really masks it,

  98. william eilinsfeld says

    i had posted 3 posts relating to spirulina ,chlorella and related issues.my knowledge in these areas are accurate and extraordinary. it has taken many hours of through research to gather and post these informations for the benefit of your readers health .it seems that they were posted and removed. in the event that they are not reposted i will never waste my time again. presently it seems that you are not interested in the full truth of nutrition and politics and advice that will arm your readers to best take care of thier health.very disappointing to say the least.if you don’t have the fortitude to admit necessary informations in these serious health matters i suggest that you close down your website as it appears to be an insincere cowardly farce.obviously you are responsable for the negative effects to all the people that are denied these defenses.it seems your website is hypocritical stating you want to help people but post and unpost necessary imformations.my conclusion:presently it appears the essence of this website is childish, unpurposeful,politically correct dribble and,basically nonsense.you are part of the problem and not part of the real solution i wonder how destructive people sleep at night!Bill E

    • says

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      Your comments were caught in the spam filter because their length and included phone numbers and email addresses (which spam comments often do) and which I don’t allow. As I have five children, I don’t have time to go through spam comments on a daily basis and do so only once a week or so. I appreciate the information that you posted and that you have obviously done a lot of research on the topic. However, I don’t appreciate your juvenile tantrum because I wasn’t able to approve your comments on your time table and your rude remarks violate my comment policy. If you’d like to re-write the comments in a respectful (and well formatted and easy to read) way, I’d be happy to approve them (when I have time) but I do not appreciate your tone or your condescending remarks. Also, in any future comments, please follow my comment policy so that you remarks will be approved http://wellnessmama.com/comment-policy/.

  99. nancy says

    the best way to take this is to mix the required amount (say a tablespoon in a quarter of a glass of juice-say pineapple) and drink it all at one like a shot-this way you get it all at once without subjecting yourself to a long drink of fishy tasting Spirulina! i dont think it goes well in smoothies as it overpowers the whole thing and thick fishy tasting smoothie isnt good-take it short!

  100. Syd says

    Hmmm… I love the taste, so much that when I had the pills I would chew them up and savor them like candy, which led me to buy the powder (better deal than the tablets). With that the first thing I did was try to eat a spoonful. Still like the taste but learned to put under the tongue cause otherwise it gets inhaled into the lungs (not sure how good that is for them). I kind of binged on it the first couple days, then started putting in a green smoothie. I gave some to my friend in both forms and he loved it too and asked me to get him his own bag, pulling the money out immediately.

    I think the comment that it tastes something like blood is perhaps more accurate than pond scum (though I have never had that, but have licked my own wounds when I was younger). If we will eat meat of all kinds, then I find it ironically funny (pun appropriate) all those who are put off by something green.

  101. Charles Komolleh says

    I have used SPIRULINA in capsules form – a TIENS product designated as food supplement and can comfortably attest to its ability to enhance health. No common allergic conditions and maintains body energy always.

  102. Sangeetha says

    Great post about the health benefits of Spirulina.. For those that feel awful about consuming the Spirulina powder – Try the Spirulina crunchies from Vivapura.. They taste wonderful and I’m sure you would want to take them quite often.

  103. Sarah says

    I love spirulina in smoothies, I have to share my favorite recipe with y’all!

    Fill a cup halfway with frozen strawberries, half with frozen peaches. Add a few frozen blueberries as well. Fill the cup with apple juice, pour into the blender, and add a scoop of spirulina.

    Happy drinking :) You are welcome!!!

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