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I looked at one of my favorite websites, to see if they have anything to say about spirulina, etc. Turns out, they do.,1525,10058,00.html

To summarize:

<<Both spirulina and kelp have been touted as miracle cures, capable of melting away arthritis pain, increasing energy, boosting immunity, improving liver function, warding off heart disease and cancer, suppressing AIDS, controlling appetite, and guarding against cell damage from exposure to X rays or heavy metals. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that there's little or no scientific evidence to support most of these claims.

These seaweeds do offer certain health benefits, however. (They)...can constitute a nutritious part of a vegetarian or macrobiotic diet. And specifically, spirulina and kelp may help to control bad breath and treat thyroid problems.>>

The website also notes that they can cause GI upset. And the amount of iodine in large doses can interfere with thyroid medications. Kelp should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women because of its high iodine concentrations.

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