blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria, Spirulina)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

Is blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

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

What else should I know about blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral?

What preparations of blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral are available?

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.

How should I keep blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral stored?

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

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

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