What is Blue Green Algae?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Spirulina StemEnhance Spirulina Pacifica Show all

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The two main blue-green algae types are Spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). It contains small amounts of protein, vitamins, beta carotene, and some minerals but in negligible amounts. Some products harvested from natural settings in lakes have been found to contain contaminants.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 20 3
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 16 14
Support immune health 7 4
Fatigue 2 0
Anemia 1 0
Arthritis pain 1 0

Show all 19 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 5
Mild 2
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Blue Green Algae

Side effect Patients
Bad taste in mouth 1
Constipation 1
Nausea 1
Racing heart feeling 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Blue Green Algae

Dosage Patients
3,000 mg daily 2
1 tsp. daily 1
4 cap(s) daily 1
6 other daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Blue Green Algae

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 11
Personal research 6
Expense 5
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 27 patients who’ve stopped taking Blue Green Algae

Duration

Currently taking Blue Green Algae

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Blue Green Algae

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 11
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 4
< $25 5
Not specified 10
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7 patient evaluations for Blue Green Algae

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craftgranny
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craftgranny
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See craftgranny's full Blue Green Algae history

Jun 15, 2013 (Started Apr 29, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Support brain health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It also supports immune system, and I don't seem to get sick as much as I did in the past.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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cpt_c_pike
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cpt_c_pike
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See cpt_c_pike's full Blue Green Algae history

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Jan 19, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Support nutritional health)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

Oct 26, 2011 (Started Jan 19, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support nutritional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: supposed to help in the production of SOD1 which is defective in familial als

  • 0 helpful marks
Wayne Lampe
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Wayne Lampe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See Wayne Lampe's full Blue Green Algae history

Nov 15, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 9, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Last FVC SCORE WENT UPJ.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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