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14 Health Benefits of Spirulina Powder

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Medically Reviewed by Dr. James DiNicolantonio Fact Checked


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  • Spirulina is a freshwater and saltwater, blue-green algae with powerful health benefits. Often confused with chlorella, the fundamental difference between the two is that spirulina is thousands of years older and does not possess the hard cell wall that makes chlorella closer to a plant than algae
  • Spirulina is a sustainable food source with potential to end world hunger. Unlike most plants, it is able to withstand extreme temperature variations and neglect and still thrive
  • It has been found in studies to successfully treat a wide range of ailments, including arsenic poisoning, Candida overgrowth and allergic rhinitis, and may lower your risk of stroke and cancer
  • The recommended daily dose is typically 3 to 5 grams, taken two or three times a day. Start with a small dose and work your way up to see how your body responds to spirulina
  • This article lists potential adverse reactions to spirulina, and what you can do to alleviate them

Imagine a plant that can provide most of the protein you need for health, help prevent the sniffling and sneezing of allergies, reinforce your immune system, combat inflammation, help you control high blood pressure and protect against stroke and cancer. Does such a "superfood" exist?

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