What is spirulina?

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It is used orally for weight loss, oral leukoplakia (patches on the tongue, in the mouth, or on the inside of the cheek that occur in response to long-term irritation), and obstetric and gynecological disorders. Blue-green algae is also used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), allergic rhinitis, diabetes, stimulating the immune system, stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, improving memory, increasing energy and metabolism, lowering cholesterol, decreasing cardiovascular disease, wound healing, blepharospasm (abnormal, involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids), and for promoting digestion and bowel health. However, the supporting science to back these claims is very weak or non-existent. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, at present there is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend spirulina supplementation for any human condition, and more research is needed to clarify its benefits, if any. For weight loss products and services information go to our profile page: http://www.sharecare.com/group/dotfit

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Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.
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