What is Blue Green Algae?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Spirulina StemEnhance Pure Planet Hawaiian Spirulina 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 21 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 16 14
Support immune health 11 5
Fatigue 2 0
Anxious mood 1 0

Show all 16 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
24

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
1 tsp. daily 3
1,000 mg daily 2
3,000 mg daily 2
2 capsule(s) four times daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1
1,000 mg twice 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 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3

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 14
Usually 12
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 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 4
< $25 6
Not specified 11
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7 patient evaluations for Blue Green Algae

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Jan 19, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Support nutritional health)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for 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 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

Nov 15, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for 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 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 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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