blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria, Spirulina)

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GENERIC NAME: Blue-green algae

BRAND NAME: Cyanobacteria, Spirulina

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Blue-green algae is a natural herbal supplement. Blue-green algae has high amounts of protein, iron, and other minerals and claims have been made that it has beneficial effects on the immune system, inflammation, and against viral infections. Individuals should check with their physicians before using this supplement.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Blue-green algae are available in tablets, capsule, and powder form. The concentration of blue-green algae may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of blue-green algae, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Blue-green algae are used as a source of protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. It is used for leukoplakia, blepharospasms, attention deficithyperactivity disorder (ADHD), diabetes, premenstrual symptoms (PMS), allergies, stress, fatigue, digestion aid, wound healing, and to improve the immune system.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2014



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