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Note: Herbal monographs are an effective way to present information on an individual herb, however please be aware that these are for information and education purposes only. We always advise seeing a professional medical herbalist if you are taking medication, pregnant or are suffering from a medical complaint.

Spirulina is sometimes referred to as a superfood due to its very high nutritional value. Spirulina is a blue-green algae, normally harvested from the oceans. It is a very nutritious sunstance and is one of the best sources of protein (gram for gram three times better than meat). It also contains 58 times more iron than spinach, and a wide range of antioxidants including beta carotene, a pigment called phycocyanin unique to spirulina. It is a good source of Vitamin b12 which makes it especially useful for vegetarians.

Name: Anthrospira platensis Spirulina
Parts Used: Whole plant
Native To: Oceans
Trad Use: Nutritional deficiencies
Mod Use: Weight loss, Immune system, Anaemia,
Powder: Adult Week 1: 1/2 teaspoon daily / Thereafter 1 to 3 teaspoons a day.
Tablets: As per packet, generally as per powder (teaspoon is approx 2 grams).
Nutritional Source: Vegetarians, vegans, low energy, increased exercise regime, protein source
Constituents (mg per 10 grams):
Vitaminsmg per 10gmg (or micro gram) per 3g% RDA in 3 g
Vitamin A (from beta carotene)2750 ug825 ug103.2
Biotin0.5 ug0.2 ug0.3
Vitamin B10.4 mg0.1 mg9.4
Vitamin B20.7 mg0.2 mg12.9
Vitamin B35.9 mg1.8mg9.8
Vitamin B5--0.3
Vitamin B61.8 mg0.6 mg27.6
Vitamin B1216.0 ug4.8 ug480.0
Folic Acid0.3u g0.1 ug0.0
Vitamin C0.1 mg0.0 mg0.0
Vitamin D0.6ug0.2ug3.6
Vitamin E1.3 mg0.4mg3.9
Mineralsmg or micro gram per 10gmg (or micro gram) per 3g% RDA in 3 g
Calcium27.0 mg8.1 mg1.0
Phosphorus95.0 mg28.5 mg3.6
Iron8.3 mg2.5 mg18.0
iodine180.0 ug54.0 ug27.0
Magnesium270.0 mg81.0 mg27.0
Zinc3.0 mg0.9 mg6.0
Manganese0.4 mg0.1mgN/A
Potassium104.0 mg31.2 mgN/A
Selenium70.0 ug21.0 ugN/A
Chromium28.0 ug8.4 ugN/A
Amino Acids:
Essential Amino Acidsmg in 3gramsNon-Essential Amino Acidsmg in 3grams
Isoleucine96.9 mgAlanine132.0 mg
Leucine152.7 mgArginine114.9 mg
Lysine94.5 mgAspartic Acid165.0 mg
Methionine40.2 mgCystine5.1 mg
Theronine84.6 mgGlutamic Acid228.6 mg
Tryptophane34.5 mgGlycine86.7 mg
Valine108.3 mgHistidine27.3 mg
Phenylalanine80.1 mgProline58.5 mg
  Serine81.0 mg
  Tyrosine72.6 mg
Other Nutrients:
Fatty Acidsmg in 3gramsOther Nutrientsmg in 3grams
Alpha-Linolenic Acod (Omega 3)50.0 mgChlorophyll36.0 mg
Linolenic Acid (Omega 6)25.0 mgTotal Carotenoids15.0 mg
Gamma Linolenic Acid (Omega 6)28.0 mgBeta-carotene5.0 mg
  Phycocyanin3840.0 mg

Contraindications: None indicated however seek advice if pregnant or breastfeeding.

References: References McKeith, Gillian, Miracle Superfood: Wild Blue Green Algae, Keats Publishing, Chicago, 1999

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