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Spirulina: seven surprising side effects of one of the world’s most popular supplement

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Spirulina has numerous beneficial health effects, but misuse of this algae can lead to harmful side effects for the body. 

Spirulina is an algae known for being a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. This supplement has a great nutritional value, in addition to having a powerful satiating effect for those who consume it because they want to eat less and lose weight.

It does not matter if it is in powder, capsules or tablets, spirulina can be used as a complement to a balanced diet. It can be taken 15 minutes before each meal with two glasses of water to promote weight loss.

In most cases, this seaweed is sold as a “superfood” and a supplement that is the most nutritious in the world. However, spirulina is still an algae that if you want to ingest constantly you must consult with our family doctor or a specialist. 

Otherwise, it is possible that you may misuse this algae, giving rise to a series of counterproductive effects to what you are looking for.

Although spirulina is a natural product, this does not mean that it does not have side effects and that its excessive consumption cannot lead to different complications. 

If you are consuming spirulina to lose weight or to complement our physical exercise, you must be very attentive to the signals that our body sends us.

In the case of noticing something strange or unusual, experts recommend not continuing to consume it. In this case, if you suffer from any type of disease, it is recommended that you consult a specialist to guide you on how to consume it.

These are the side effects of spirulina

Spirulina has great properties that range from its antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory factors, to its benefits to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. However, you must mark by fire that spirulina is not a medicine, so you must always take it in the appropriate doses.

For this reason, taking it under various circumstances can lead to different side effects that can range from constipation to anxiety. 

These are some of the most common side effects, if spirulina does not suit us well:

  • Thirst and constipation
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach ache
  • Itchy or rash on the skin
  • Headaches
  • Iodine can affect people with hyper or hypothyroidism.

Other side effects and show should avoid taking Spirulina

In addition, you must be careful if you combine the consumption of spirulina with some type of medicine, as this could be counterproductive for both. As experts have pointed out, spirulina can lead to an excess of iodine in our body, so thyroid patients are advised not to take this supplement, as it could lead to hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when iodine-rich products such as spirulina are consumed on a regular basis; it can contribute to the development of hyperthyroidism or worsen thyroid symptoms. This occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, this can lead to insomnia, high heart rate, weight loss, and anxiety.

In addition to these series of side effects, the following groups of people should avoid consuming spirulina at all costs:

  • People taking medications that may increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding children.
  • People with hyperuricemia, hyperthyroidism, phenylketonuria, or some liver diseases and autoimmune diseases.
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