blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria, Spirulina) (cont.)

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DOSING: (recommended by suppliers):

  • Leukoplakia (white patches and sores on gums inside of cheeks): Take 1 gram by mouth daily for 12 days.
  • Blepharospasms (abnormal blinking of eyelids): Take 1500 mg of SBGA (Super Blue-Green Algae) capsules by mouth daily.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Blue-green algae may have blood thinning effects and it may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding if combined with blood thinning medications like warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), and pain medications like naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), ibuprofen (Motrin), and diclofenac (Voltaren).

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on blue-green algae to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether blue-green algae enter breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Contaminated blue-green algae may contain microcystins which can cause liver damage, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, shock, fast heartbeat, and death.

REFERENCE: Coastal Health District. Frequently Asked Questions About Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) and Their Toxins.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2014

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