spirulina(redirected from Spirulina (disambiguation))
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Any of several cyanobacteria of the genus Arthrospira (formerly Spirulina) that are grown in bulk, dried, and used as nutritional supplements for their high levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
A product obtained from blue-green algae, alleged to be rich in vitamins A and B12, protein, minerals and neuropeptides. Spirulina has been promoted as an appetite suppressant and mental and physical stimulant; it has been claimed to be useful in treating alcoholism and other addiction disorders, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, fatigue, headaches, herpes, jet lag, mood swings, obesity, warts, and a variety of other conditions.
Gastrointestinal complaints, such as bloating and diarrhoea; throat irritation and fatigue may occur if there is a high concentration of saxitoxin in the spirulina.