We have already written about the numerous healthy properties of spirulina , but we know the importance of taking into account the side effects and contraindications when taking any type of supplement. Before taking any supplement or remedy it is advisable to consult with the doctor, especially if we suffer from any disease. In this article we talk about the contraindications and side effects of taking spirulina, and most importantly, we talk about the recommended doses so that we do not have any problems when taking this wonderful superfood.
We must start from the base that spirulina is not a medicine, but since everything in excess in life is bad, we have to keep in mind that exceeding the recommended intake of spirulina (see below) can cause us the following side effects:
- It can cause us thirst, constipation and even a little fever.
- Light feeling dizzy.
- Stomach ache
- Slight skin rashes accompanied by itching.
- Punctual headaches.
- By containing iodine, it can affect people suffering from hypo or hyperthyroidism.
We have seen so far how beneficial this micro algae is, but its consumption must be consulted with a doctor in the case of suffering some type of disease.
In Which Cases Should You Consult a Doctor?
During pregnancy: it is not harmful but it is necessary to have the assessment of a doctor to recommend or not its intake.
Vegetarians: spirulina will not cover the necessary supply of vitamin B12 that the body needs.
Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism: It is convenient that people suffering from either of them, consult with their doctor, due to the amount of iodine present in spirulina.
How to Take Spirulina? Recommended Dose
The amount we will have to take spirulina will depend on several factors. Always starting in small doses, we will not exceed 4 g per day between meals. With this amount we can already enjoy the benefits of this micro algae. Another factor that we must take into account is whether we are sport-loving people or on the contrary we are less physically active. At the time of taking we must be very well hydrated. Any taking above recommended may because side effects discussed above. It can cause us to overdose of vitamin A, which will negatively affect our liver. Also high rates of uric acid that will lead to kidney problems.