When you first start taking spirulina, the dried microalgae may cause mild stomachdiscomfort or headache.These side effects typically clear up by themselves after a few days.
If you are still experiencing these symptoms after more than a week, you might have an intolerance to spirulina.In this case, werecommend that you stop taking the supplementand then, once you have been symptom-free for 48 hours, begin taking spirulina again, starting with 1 tablet on the first day.You can then increase the dose gradually, one tablet at a time, to get your body used to spirulina, until you are at your target dose of spirulina.
To avoid any such problems, we recommend, when you first start taking spirulina, beginning with three tablets a day, and then gradually increasing the dose up to your targetdosage.
If you have a sensitive stomach, it is a good idea to take spirulina during a meal to avoid any digestive problems.
Regardless of which form of spirulina you choose, the benefits will be the same:the only thing you need to think about is which form suits you best!
For technical reasons,spirulina tablets contain 0.2% magnesium silicate.Ithas to be added to stopthe tablets breaking up in their bottle.It is known as an “anti-caking agent”and is totally compatible with vegetarian and vegan diets. The tablet form of spirulina is probably the one to go for if you want to take the supplement as simply as possible.
The tablets may also be ground up or blended so that you can add them to your meals.
Granules are the purest form of spirulina (100%).The qualities of the original algae are unchanged by the drying process.Granules introducea slight crunchiness and a mild“iodine” flavour to dishes they are addedto.
Spirulina powder may be added to smoothies, vinaigrette dressings or other foods in liquid or paste form.The best way to mix in the spirulina powder thoroughly is with a blender or simply using a fork.You can combine spirulina in this way with other algae or other ingredients such as plant milks;then add in fruit or chia seeds to create a cocktail of healthy ingredients!
When deciding which form to choose, think about how you will consume it and what you might enjoy consuming it with.
Spirulina is good for your health in many ways, as demonstrated by a scientific study conducted in September 2002 (1).It can therefore be taken for various reasons:to boostenergy levels and vitality thanks to the iron, vitamins and minerals it contains, to supplement your protein intake, etc.
Ourmodern diets can make us deficient in certain nutrients. Taking spirulina gives you the optimal intake of the nutrients which are essential for the correct functioning of your body.Intensive farming techniques, harvesting before crops have ripened and the addition of soya to cattle feed have all diminished the nutritional quality of the foods we eat.
To enjoy higher energy levels for the longer term, you can take spirulina right through the year.
If you’re looking foran energy boost from time to time, you can take spirulina for a period of 1 to 3 months, repeated as required.
You should tailor thedose of spirulinayou taketo how you are currently feeling, and you should feel free to change the dose over time to match your requirements.It is important to listen to your body,watching out for any signs,so that you can adjust the number of tablets you take accordingly on a day-to-day basis, without exceeding the maximum dose.
So, for example, you might take 6 tablets a day right through the year, but increase the dosage to 10 tablets a day during the autumn or atspecific times of highstressor when you have a lot on.
As a general rule, we recommend a dosage of 6 tablets a day for the whole family, 10 tablets a day for anyone engaging in high levels of physical activity and 15 to 20 tablets during intensive physical training and forcompetition.
Spirulina does not contain any stimulants such as caffeine or theine.
Algae can therefore be consumedin the evening without adverselyaffecting sleep.
The original use of spirulina was as a food source and so there is norisk of overdosing.
Indeed, the Kanembupeople who live around Lake Chad eat spirulina every day as a regular part of their diet.It is said that the Japanese philosopher, Toru Matsui, ate spirulina and nothing else for 15 years!
Moreover, spirulina contains provitaminA (beta-carotene) which the body only converts into vitamin A if it requires more of this vitamin.A vitamin A overdose cannot be induced by spirulina.
Finally, numerous scientific studies (2,3) have found no evidence of toxicity for spirulina.
Because everyone is different, the time that elapses before you see the benefits of spirulinawill vary.An individual with a particularly out-of-balancediet which has causednumerous vitamin and mineral deficiencieswill need more time to fully benefit from the supplement.
The effects of spirulina are generally apparent after taking the product every day for 2-3 weeks.
Our recommended daily dose for people who engage in a lot of physical activity is 10 tablets.
We specifically developed the bag of 1000 tablets for this type of customer.It contains sufficient tablets for three months of supplementation.
However, while training for an endurance event or competition, the dosage may be increased to 20 tablets a day and then reduced to 15 tablets a day after the competition.In this case, the 1000 tablets is sufficient for 2 months.