Health & Nutrition

Algae have a high protein, iron, and other mineral content which is absorbed when taken orally. Blue-green algae are being researched for their potential effects on the immune system, swelling (inflammation), and viral infections

  • Insulin resistance due to HIV medication: Research studies shows that taking 19 grams per day of blue-green algae by mouth for 2 months increases insulin sensitivity in people with insulin resistance due to HIV medication.
  • High cholesterol: Research studies shows that blue-green algae lower cholesterol in people with normal or slightly elevated cholesterol levels. In other studies, blue-green algae lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure: Early research shows that taking 4.5 grams per day of blue-green algae by mouth for 6 weeks reduces blood pressure in some people with high blood pressure.
  • Malnutrition: According research studies on the use of blue-green algae in combination with other dietary treatments for malnutrition in infants and children shows conflicting results. Weight gain was seen in undernourished children who were given spirulina blue-green algae with a combination of millet, soy and peanut for 8 weeks.
  • Obesity: Research on the effects of blue-green algae in people who are overweight or obese has been inconsistent. Another early study shows that taking 2.8 grams of spirulina by mouth three times per day for 4 weeks does not improve weight loss in obese adults who are also following a reduced-calorie diet.
  • Diabetes: An early study shows that people with type 2 diabetes who take 1 gram of a blue-green algae twice daily for 2 months have lower blood sugar levels