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    Old 02-18-2016, 01:06 AM   #1
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    Spirulina

    What do you think about taking Spirulina as a dietary supplement? Is there scientific consensus on its advantages / disadvantages? Especially with regard to brain function?

    Thanks for your answers!

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    Old 02-20-2016, 01:57 PM   #2
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    Re: Spirulina

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    What do you think about taking Spirulina as a dietary supplement?
    You might need to be careful regarding iodine and thyroid function. The RDA for iodine is 150 micrograms per day. The average American diet supplies more than twice that amount, mostly from animal sources like fish and eggs etc. and the excess amount usually gets eliminated.

    However, taking Spirulina as a supplement would be like taking an iodine supplement. The iodine content of algae varies but could be more than 4,500 micrograms. That's a massive dose. And too much iodine is associated with hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.

    Don't just take my word for it, do some research on "Spirulina and Iodine."

     
    Old 02-21-2016, 11:20 PM   #3
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    Re: Spirulina

    Hi JohnR41,

    tahnk you for your comprehensive answer. The information with regard to animal sources supplying us with high amounts of iodine seems quite legit - and for this reason I was actually asking. Being a vegetarian (and striving for living vegan soon...), I asked myself if spirulina could help me getting those subsatcnes my average diet cant supply me with. Well, I give it a thought.

    Thanks again.

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