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    Does anyone incorporate spirulina into their eating? If so, why? Also, do you have recommendations as to what I should look for when looking for a brand? Should I take it in measured capsules? By the tea or tablespoon full? Do you think there are no benefits and it's just hype?

    Thanks in advance for any info.
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    It is a very expensive form of protein for vegans. Can't see any other reason to touch it
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    • #3
      Originally posted by peril View Post
      It is a very expensive form of protein for vegans. Can't see any other reason to touch it
      This. If you are a vegan, it would do you a lot of good but if you are an omnivore, I don't see the need.

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      • #4
        I'm reminded of the quote 'Wheatgrass is only a superfood if you're a cow'.

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        • #5
          Thank you all. And LOL on the cow thing.
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          • #6
            Agreed, if you are a vegan it's a source of protein and DHA. If not, skip it. It's also well known for causing autoimmune reactions and drain your pocketbook!

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            • #7
              Old thread about something I've been reading a lot about lately. A friend screams everyday about the benefits of spirulina, so I finally broke down and bought some. Actually, it's in a mix of 'superpowders'. This morning I put it in my yoghurt. Uh, no, just no. DO NOT DO THIS. I struggled to finish it, and I fear this has been a big waste of money. I'm not big on green smoothies, and even so, I don't see how you can ever mask the taste enough to make it palatable.
              But does anyone take this stuff daily? And if so, why and how?

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              • #8
                Lots of copper, protein quality is around 0% id say, and omega 3 quality is also about 0%


                Man it's hard to be a vegan brah. How do you guys do it?

                I've also heard that it can irritate or aggravate/ trigger an immune response.

                However the blue/cyan pigment in it is absolutely beautiful, and I'm sure it has some benefits for your body. Just cause it's such a pretty color.

                But in terms of vitamin/mineral content spirulina is pretty useless

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                • #9
                  I read about spirulana through Kimberly Snyder a/k/a "The Beauty Detox Solution" blog and books, she praised it highly. I tried eating Kim's way for a week and it was too raw for me. I bought a small amount of spirulana and to me, it smells like the sewage treatment plant by the river when it is low tide. For every source that claims it is the answer to better health, I find another source that says it is poisonous. I didn't finish off the small amount that I purchased. I just felt queasy about it.

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                  • #10
                    I've been exploring alkalinity in foods lately just for fun/science, so I've tried sprulina. It's masked if you add fruits to a smoothie or whatever else. I end up only using it once or twice a week though since I don't have smoothies that often these days (I go through phases with foods)... I rely on lemon water instead for my alkalinity experiment.

                    Something that people said on Amazon (I.e. multiple confirmed customers) is that after taking sprulina for a while your perspiration no longer smells. I have no idea if this is true.

                    Hemp and potatoes are much better protein sources for vegans. As for those who comment "I don't know how vegans do it", they say the same about us. *shrug*
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                    • #11
                      Wow guys and gals.... I'm surprised by the comments on spirulina. I'm not saying your wrong but I take a spoonful daily having watched food matters


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                      • #12
                        Sorry pressed send to soon..... David Wolff can't praise it enough for being one of the most nutritious foods pound for pound. I'm keen to get your views now as I've always found very positive views and opinions on it.


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                        • #13
                          Spirulina questions

                          Plants in general are just not going to be as good a source for micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) as animals. If you want nutrient dense, eat liver, oysters, eggs, etc.

                          I love love love eating plants. About 80% (sometimes 90%) of what I eat on a lot of days come from fruits, tubers, coconut, veggies. However, I mostly eat plants for the macronutrients (carbs... Occasionally protein/fats, RS, etc) rather than micronutrients. I rely on gelatin, bone broth, liver, seafood, eggs, meats, etc for my micronutrients.

                          Even IF a particular plant food had 100% RDA of calcium, iron, etc along with beta carotene, etc... It's perfectly possible that it's not going to be as nutritious as an animal source with 25% of calcium, iron, vitamin A, etc.

                          Why? Most people forget that absorption and conversion efficiencies are often way more important than how much nutrients are physically present in food:

                          1. Plants tend to have vastly different biochemistries than animals, hence they carry vastly different forms of vitamins & minerals than the form that is usable to human beings. The human body has to do an energetically expensive conversion of said vitamins/minerals into usable forms when it takes from plant sources instead of more biochemically similar animal sources. For example, converting beta carotene into vitamin a is highly inefficient. Some human beings can turn slightly orange (skin tone) from too much beta carotene and still not Overdose on vitamin A. Plants have non-heme iron rather than the heme-iron animals have, and humans must use their bodies' enzymes/resources to catalyze a redox reaction on the non-heme iron in order to convert it into heme iron. All of these conversions are way less than 100% efficient. Many of the plant carrier proteins for minerals/vitamins might not even readily recognized by the receptors on the digestive system's epithelial cells. Absorption is also way less than 100% efficient. (Ie... The nutrient never even gets absorbed from the stomach lining into the bloodstream.)

                          2. Plants have a ton more fiber, anti-nutrients (e.g., phylates) that interfere with certain absorption mechanisms of nutrients.


                          In other words, you might just poop out or otherwise excrete most of the micronutrients you consumed with plants rather than use them meaningfully.
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                            I'm not sure if that was a response to me or just in general but it was very informative. Thanks.


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                              Originally posted by Frederic21 View Post
                              I'm not sure if that was a response to me or just in general but it was very informative. Thanks.


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                              It was in response to you.
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