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What's the story on Spirulina?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Does anyone have any experience or insight on this supplement?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirulina_(dietary_supplement)

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on May 24, 2010
at 09:48 PM

because other people tell me its good for me. Why are you on the paleo diet? because other people tell you its good for you.

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on May 24, 2010
at 08:25 PM

Jason T: so why do you keep taking it?

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on May 24, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Good question. I take a teaspoon on a daily basis with a morning shake. I've never noticed any negative side effects, but I've never noticed any positive ones either.

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on May 24, 2010
at 10:10 PM

According to nutritiondata.com, spirulina has some of the highest thiamine content of all foods per 100-gram serving. Along with magnesium and manganese (found in agar seaweed), thiamine seems to be one of the nutrients that always comes up short of the RDA on a paleo/carb restricted diet. Since the competition at that level is mostly nuts high in omega-6, spirulina would be a far healthier choice.

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on May 24, 2010
at 07:08 PM

I just ran across an article on runningtimes.com (http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=19368) comparing spirulina to chia seeds for performance. It stated an improvement with spirulina. I hadn't heard of it before. I found some at GNC that wasn't too expensive and didn't have any additives. I've been trying about 2000mg a day (1k in the morning and 1k at night) and it's hard to say, but I seem to have more energy on my running workouts. I also noticed that I seem to stay satiated longer regardless of what I eat. Just my anecdotal experience. I only started using it for athletic improvement. I already take Omega-3 supplements as well as chia seeds daily for dietary supplementation.

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on May 25, 2010
at 07:36 PM

I'm lactose intolerant and a graduate student, and I supplement with spirulina. I've been using it for the past couple of months and I have nothing bad to say about it.

I also find that I'm satiated longer after consumption, although I don't believe the spirulina to be the primary factor in this.

Good to know about the thiamine as I'm not a heavy consumer of nuts.

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