Frequently Asked Question on Spirulna?

Q: What is Spirulina?

A: Spirulina is the micro-algae that cannot be seen by naked eyes, being multi-cell blue green algae, grown in warm and brackish water, with alkaline properties. The strain, researched by more than 30 countries worldwide, is Platensis. The root of “Spirulina” comes from Latin as helix or spiral that means the spiral shape like a whorl as Deurben; the German scientist had named it as Spirulina in 1927.

Q: Why is Spirulina called an ideal food for mankind?

A: Spirulina consists of more concentrated nutrients than any other food, vegetables, seeds or plants. More than 60 % protein, of which all are easy to digest, having beta-carotene, vitamin B12, folic acid, minerals and essential fatty acids. These elements turn out Spirulina to be distinctively different from other food.

Q: Are there any researches related to Spirulina?

A: Spirulina has been researched by more than 4,000 scientists worldwide in the past 40 years.

Q: Is Spirulina safe for consumption?

A: Spirulina is the bluish green algae with its long history about safety for consumption as the Mexicans have consumed Spirulina for long time. Recently, Spirulina is adapted as food products in more than 70 countries worldwide. Furthermore, UN has suggested it (Spirulina) as the ideal food for mankind, and WHO has also intimated Spirulina as the safe food with excellent nutrition especially for children.

Q: How Spirulina is different from other natural nutritious food?

A: Other natural nutritious food possesses different properties for nourishment, whereby some of them must be consumed under the supervision of the physician or in limited quantity to prevent some side effects, which may occur. Undoubtedly, Spirulina is the natural food and consumable at any time without any side effect.

Q: What is the usefulness of Spirulina to body?

A: The scientists all around the world have studied for more than 40 years and concluded that Spirulina has more health benefits to body in the following ways;
    -Enhance immunity or immune response
    -Support heart and reduce cholesterol
    -Help to improve the digestive system
    -Naturally help the detoxification process
    -Reduce the risk of cancer and increase the antioxidant capacity

Q: What are the nutritious elements of Spirulina?

A: Spirulina consists of several nutritious elements, which are important for health improvement. These elements are proteins, essential amino acids, non-essential amino acids, minerals, vitamins, fat, sugar, mineral salts and calories.

Q: What is the suitability of Spirulina?

A: Spirulina is suitable to use as nutritious food not only for healthy, unhealthy person but also for those who have the following symptoms; easily tired, easy to catch cold, insufficient consumption of green or yellow vegetables, dizziness, lack of some nutrients, skipping of meals like breakfast or person under diet.

Q: After being consumed, which factors induce body response against Spirulina?

A: Spirulina uptake is able to cause immediate or slow result of body response, depending on several factors including age, stress, eating habits, chemical residues in body and severity of diseases. Spirulina should be consumed continuously and sufficiently along with proper exercise and adequate rest.

Q: What is the appropriate quantity for consuming Spirulina?

A: The appropriate quantity is based on the suggested quantity, such as the healthy person should take 6 tablets a day, 2 tablets each meal. Person on diet should take 6 tablets each meal, 3 meals a day before food, etc. However, Spirulina can be consumed unlimitedly without any side effects due to the fact that its toxic free or free of any remaining substance.

Q: Why do some interactions occur after Spirulina being consumed?

A: The body interaction against Spirulina, such as skin allergy, mild fever, is only temporary incident, which shall be automatically recovered within 2-3 days. This interaction can be caused by unhealthy and/or insufficient consuming of Spirulina. In contrast, there are no side effects on a healthy person.

Q: Is it possible to consume Spirulina with medicine?

A: Spirulina is not a medicine, yet it is the natural food containing with 5 groups of essential nutrients. It is, therefore, consumable with other medicines and also helps the body in absorbing full benefits from medicine.

Q: Can the patient at the recovery stage take Spirulina?

A: Patient at the recovery stage needs nutrients in order to comeback at normal stage since Spirulina has several nutrients, which is suitable as food supplement for all patients.

Q: How does Spirulina benefit to one who insufficiently takes green or yellow vegetables?

A: Person who does not consumes green or yellow vegetables can take Spirulina as food supplement because it consists of vitamins, mineral salts and other pigments, such as chlorophyll, vitamin A, beta-carotene, etc. to substitute the natural compositions from vegetables.

Q: Can Spirulina reduce stress?

A: Person under stress or mental problems may be influenced by diseases, such as peptic ulcer or hypertension. Those who suffer from such disease should take some sources of food containing large quantity of vitamin B complex, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, which are mostly found in Spirulina. It is, therefore, considered as a good source of food supplement for reducing serious illness and strengthening health of all patients.

Q: How does Spirulina suit for the patient suffering from peptic ulcer?

A: Due to the property of chlorophyll-contained in Spirulina, it can reduce the inflammation of stomach. So, it is believed that Spirulina might help treating peptic ulcer.

Q: Spirulina and elderly patients

A: Aged people usually have some chronic disease, such as hypertension, cardiopathy, some types of cancer, diabetes, gout, cataract, liver disease or renal disease. Spirulina will improve health of the elderly person. Some researches in Japan has found out that more than 70 % of people taking Spirulina were over 50 years old, whereby 57 % were female. They mentioned that the purpose of taking Spirulina was for treating some diseases, health improvement and as food supplement, Thus it can be concluded that Spirulina is considered as the life-extending medicine for old age, because it can protect well against some elderly diseases.

Q: Spirulina and youngsters

A: Arginine is an essential amino acid containing in semen for approximately 80 %. Lacking of arginine may cause sexual disability or sterility. Tryptophan is also an amino acid affecting to the confidence of male sexual power. In addition, zinc is a mineral useful for treating abnormal sexual function. As Spirulina consists of amino acids, calcium and zinc that resulted to sexual potency so, Spirulina is suitable for both young female and male.

Q: Does Spirulina help reduce cholesterol?

A: Recently, it is widely recognized that cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack, which is the most serious problem of public health. Reduction of cholesterol is another way to decrease risk of cardiopathy. Consequently, Spirulina is the natural food that helps in reducing cholesterol. This is because body has received GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid), which is mostly found in Spirulina.

Q: How does Spirulina help sportsman?

A: Sportsman needs more and extra nutrients from any source. Spirulina is composed of special concentrated nutrients that are suitable for exercise and hard training. Taking Spirulina before training and competition would help energize and strengthen muscle, because Spirulina comprises of more than 60 % of proteins and amino acids, so it helps in reducing calories, which is the important factor for weight control in sports events and competition.

Q: What is the usefulness of beta-carotene in Spirulina?

A: Beta-carotene is an anti-carcinogenic substance. Several researches revealed that taking beta-carotene is related to cancer prevention. Beta-carotene is a source of vitamin A, which is mostly found in Spirulina 20-25 times more than in carrot. In addition, beta-carotene can help protect against chemical substances causing malignant tumor, defending chromosomal changes causing cancer and enhancing immune system. Since beta-carotene exhibits high anti-carcinogenic properties, Spirulina can be replaced for vegetables or fruits.

Q: How does Spirulina help digestion and absorption system in the body?

A: There is a microorganism in human intestine called lactobacillus, which helps in digestion and absorption of food, prevent infection and activate the immunity. With its enormous benefits, Spirulina has become a great hit as a food supplement; as it can activate lactobacillus in intestine and help improve absorption of vitamin B2.

Q: Hepatitis and Spirulina

A: Hepatitis is caused by several factors, such as virus infection, non-hygienic food or allergic side effects from medicine. Currently, the way to treat it is to take sufficient rest and also eat more nutrients and proteins. Several researches by Japanese physicians have proved that Spirulina can help to abate chronic and serious hepatitis because it is composed of vitamin B12 and 60-70 % protein; protein is the important factor for hepatitis treatment.

Q: Spirulina and patient with pancreatitis

A: Inflamed pancreas is caused by self-digestion of liver, drinking too much liquor, gallstone or eating highly fatty food. The treatment is to solve it at its origin; for instance, if the disease is caused from drinking too much alcohol, stop drinking can prevent it. The other treatment may be carried out by eating food with high nutrients. Spirulina which is rich in protein, vitamins and mineral salts helps increasing digestion rate and reduces fat in human body. Spirulina shall not cause any problem to digestion in the patients suffering from liver disease (pancreatitis).

Q: Spirulina and hair loss

A: Spirulina helps to reduce rate of hair loss, and thereby activate hair growth, as it consists of necessary fatty acids (sometimes called vitamin F), including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid which are the important fatty acids for nourishing hair, skin and nail. Meanwhile, they are useful to hair root, leading to the beauty of hair.

Q: How does Spirulina help to treat anemia?

A: Spirulina consists of high protein, chlorophyll, vitamin B12 and folic acid; therefore, it enables to increase the quantity and efficiency of red blood cells, which will result in more exchange of oxygen for better circulation within 30 days. Spirulina also gives excellent nutritive values to the patients who long time- lack nutrients and improves health by providing sufficient vitamin E, B12 and folic acid.

Q: Optic problem and Spirulina

A: At present, more old age people suffer from ophthalmic problems, such as cataract, abnormal retina and other diseases, such as diabetes and anemia. Several tests from Japanese physicians were found that Spirulina could help treat cataract and stop the development of the disease that affects vision. In hypertensive patients or in case of clogged blood vessels in retina, Spirulina can be taken with medicine for better results.

Q: Is Spirulina easily digested in human body?

A: 95 % of Spirulina can be easily digested in human body as Spirulina has thin cell membrane and consists of proteins, polysaccharides, and enzymes that can be quickly dissolved into body. It is, therefore, considered as easily digestive food. Spirulina is suited to those who have esophageal or digestion problems including old aged people.

Q: Can we eat only Spirulina as food?

A: Spirulina is rich and full of nutritious values yet human body should consume different kinds of food and should not consume only one type of food to prevent any lack of nutrient. Spirulina should be consumed together with food or as food supplement to enhance body health.

Q: Is it true that Spirulina is useful for all age?

A: Spirulina is useful for people of all age; for instance, Spirulina is easily digested in the old age person, whereas the sportsman shall receive great energy from Spirulina. Children would receive nutritive values for their growth, or the pregnant women will get folic acid and protein from Spirulina, etc.

Q: Is Spirulina internationally accepted?

A: Spirulina has been accredited and certified by the leading institutes of the world, such as;
1967: “The International Conference on Applied Microbiology” has announced that “Spirulina must be considered as an important future food source”.
1974: UN has announced in the World Food Conference that Spirulina was “The most ideal food for mankind”.
1974: FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has introduced that Spirulina was “The best food for tomorrow”.
1981: FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of USA has certified that Spirulina is “The healthy and safety product free from side effects”.
1983: IFE (International Food Exposition) held in East German has awarded the prize “The best natural food” to Spirulina.
1992: WHO (World Health Organization) has introduced Spirulina as “The healthy product in 21st decade”.

Q: Can children and pregnant women take Spirulina capsules?

A: Children should take at least 2 capsules a day with milk in the morning and evening. Pregnant women should be advised by physicians before taking Spirulina capsules.

Q: Should we take Spirulina capsules before or after meals?

A: Spirulina capsules are nutritional supplements, which can be taken before or after meals. However, they should be taken 30 minutes before meals to get the best absorption.

Q: Can patients with heart disease, impaired kidney function, cancer or AIDS undergoing conventional therapy take Spirulina capsules?

A: Patients should take medicine as prescribed by physicians and take Spirulina capsules as nutritional supplements for health improvement and renew body cells. The Spirulina capsules may be taken alternately with conventional medicines. For example, if the patients take the medicines after meals, they may take the Spirulina capsules before meals. If they take the medicines both before and after meals, they may take the Spirulina capsules at bedtime.

Q: How to take Spirulina capsules to lose weight or firm body?

A: During the first week, take 3 Spirulina capsules 30 minutes before meals, then increase the amount by taking 5-6 capsules in the second week, and maintain the amount of 6 capsules before each meal, three meals a day for 6 months. Within the first month, limit the amount of diet, for example, after taking 5 capsules with 2 glasses of water, you will feel full and then you may skip the meal while receiving plenty of nutrients from Spirulina. However, you should eat at least one meal a day. If you feel hungry between meals, you should take some fruits, such as guava to limit the intake calories. This will help you gradually losing weight at least 4-6 kg within 3 months.