The spirulina belongs to the cyanobacteria, which colloquially are also called blue-green algae. According to the oldest fossil finds, the existence of cyanobacteria can already be detected 3.5 billion years ago. Presumably, they were thus already involved in the sour-oxygen enrichment of the primal atmosphere and thus influenced today's composition of the earth's atmosphere.
Convertible spirulina algae
The spirulina alga is not only very old, it can also change its appearance: Depending on the nutrient content and PH value of the water, it takes on different shapes. Therefore, it is also unclear whether the 35 different species, among which the Spirulina platensis is the best known, are not all of the same species.
Spirulina algae are native to strongly alkaline salt lakes. Home to subtropical to tropical waters, spirulina is found mainly in Australia, Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Spirulina: wonder algae or natural placebo?
The spirulina is - similar to the freshwater alga Chlorella - offered in the form of powder, tablets or capsules as a food supplement in health food stores and health food stores. In Mexico and parts of Africa, the spirulina algae has been used for centuries for consumption. For the first time in the early 1980's, spirulina became of interest to us when spirulina pills were touted as a new, natural wonder remedy for weight loss. However, clinical studies have not yet clearly demonstrated that you can lose weight with spirulina.
The same is true of other diseases and conditions in which spirulina algae are said to have a major effect with virtually no side effects. However, spirulina is said to have a positive effect on allergies, cancer screening and strengthening the immune system - but experts are still cautious in its judgment, as in many ways more research is needed to fully understand the effects and side effects of spirulina.
The fact is: Spirulina algae have an enormous amount of proteins. Also, Spirulina capsules and Spirulina tablets are usually advertised as vitamin donors, calcium donors, iron donors and magnesium donors because they are rich in these ingredients.
However, it is often concealed that the spirulina algae, although a relatively high vitamin B 12 value, but only 20 percent of which can be used by the human body. A diet supplement with spirulina tablets thus hardly leads to the desired positive effect in this respect. The study of side effects in spirulina is as vague as the effects.
Spirulina: side effects
Although there are voices that say that side effects do not actually occur, since the spirulina algae has already been consumed and tested for centuries. Other sources state against possible allergic reactions.
What is certain is that spirulina tablets, spirulina capsules and spirulina powders are enriched by chemical companies, in part with ingredients such as biocomplexes, which are synthetically produced. If there is an incompatibility with the natural complexes, serious side effects may result. For all tablets, capsules and powder variations, you should therefore always pay attention to the ingredients.
Natural detoxification with spirulina
In addition to the well-publicized effect of spirulina, the algae reap praise in other ways: because of their ingredients, algae are often used as a natural detoxifying agent. Non-medical practitioners and dentists therefore administer spirulina capsules today for example in amalgam renovations. Because spirulina absorbs heavy metals and absorbs mercury very well - a fact that can lead to unwanted side effects on the other hand, because if the water from which it was harvested, has an increased content of mercury, lead or cadmium, can Consuming a physical strain.
The side effects of spirulina algae may also have a mitigating effect on the side effects associated with body detoxification. Here a combination of the algae Chlorella and Spirulina is usually recommended.