took spirulina - palpitations reduced

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  1. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    Don't know why it works. :) Even the first day I noticed a difference. Now the palpitations are almost gone, I don't think about it anymore. The only time they came back is when I indulged in eating some honey the other day.

    Anyone have a simaler experience?
  2. darude

    darude New Member

    I take Chlorella and this works for me!!! Also Chlorella detoxs heavy metals and pesticides from body.
  3. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    I didn't know it did that! Is it affordable? Can you get it in pills? Does spirulina work the same way, or are they differnt in someways? Thank you! :) Good to see you too.
  4. tansy

    tansy New Member

    are not the same but both provide lots of essential nutrients. If you do a search here there are messages posted with articles on both these functional foods.

    I take both. They can be bought as powders or tablets. I only use broken cell chlorella to ensure it's absorption.


    Latest Scientific Research on Spirulina:
    Effects on the AIDS Virus, Cancer and the Immune System.
    by Richard Kozlenko DPM, Ph.D M.P.H. and Ronald H. Henson. 1998

    Spirulina is gaining more attention from medical scientists as a nutraceutical and source of potential pharmaceuticals.

    There are several new peer reviewed scientific studies about Spirulina's ability to inhibit viral replication, strengthen both the cellular and humoral arms of the immune system and cause regression and inhibition of cancers. While these studies are preliminary and more research is needed, the results so far are exciting.

    Potent Anti-Viral Activity

    In April 1996, scientists from the Laboratory of Viral Pathogenesis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and Earthrise Farms, Calipatria, California, announced on-going research, saying "Water extract of Spirulina platensis inhibits HIV-1 replication in human derived T-cell lines and in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. A concentration of 5-10 µg/ml was found to reduce viral production" 1.

    HIV-1 is the AIDS virus. Small amounts of Spirulina extract reduced viral replication while higher concentrations totally stopped its reproduction. Importantly, with a therapeutic index of >100, Spirulina extract was non-toxic to the human cells at concentrations stopping viral replication.

    Another group of medical scientists has published new studies regarding a purified water extract unique to Spirulina named Calcium-Spirulan. It inhibits replication of HIV-1, Herpes Simplex, Human Cytomegalovirus, Influenza A virus, Mumps virus and Measles virus in-vitro yet is very safe for human cells. It protects human and monkey cells from viral infection in cell culture. According to peer reviewed scientific journal reports this extract, "holds great promise for treatment of ...HIV-1, HSV-1, and HCM infections, which is particularly advantageous for AIDS patients who are prone to these life-threatening infections." 8.

    Calcium-Spirulan is a polymerized sugar molecule unique to Spirulina containing both Sulfur and Calcium. Hamsters treated with this water soluble extract had better recovery rates when infected with an otherwise lethal Herpes virus 9.

    How does it work? When attacking a cell, a virus first attaches itself to the cell membrane. However, because of Spirulina extract, the virus cannot penetrate the cell membrane to infect the cell. The virus is stuck, unable to replicate. It is eventually eliminated by the body's natural defenses. Spirulina extracts may become useful therapeutics that could help AIDS patients lead longer more normal lives 1, 8, 9.

    What Is Spirulina?

    Spirulina, (rhymes with 'ballerina'), is a traditional food of some Mexican and African peoples. It is a planktonic blue-green algae found in warm water alkaline volcanic lakes. Wild Spirulina sustains huge flocks of flamingos in the alkaline East African Rift Valley Lakes. It possesses an amazing ability to thrive in conditions much too harsh for other algae. As might be expected, it has a highly unusual nutritional profile. Spirulina has a 62% amino acid content, is the world's richest natural source of Vitamin B-12 and contains a whole spectrum of natural mixed carotene and xanthophyll phytopigments. Spirulina has a soft cell wall made of complex sugars and protein, and is different from most other algae in that it is easily digested.

    Millions of people worldwide eat Spirulina cultivated in scientifically designed algaefarms. Current world production of Spirulina for human consumption is more than one thousand metric tons annually. The United States leads world production followed by Thailand, India and China. More countries are planning production as they realize it is a valuable strategic resource.

    Differences between spirulina, chlorella and 'wild' blue green algae.

    Spirulina is not Chlorella or the blue-green algae harvested from Klamath Lake Oregon. Chlorella, a green micro-algae, is a nutritious food but does not have the same anti-viral, anti-cancer and immune stimulating properties of Spirulina. The Chlorella cell wall is made of indigestible cellulose, just like green grass, while the cell wall of Spirulina is made of complexed proteins and sugars.

    The Klamath Lake blue-green algae has the scientific name Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. It is not the same as Spirulina. There are serious concerns about the safety of eating Aphanizomenon flos-aquae 5, because it can sometimes contain potent nerve toxins. While the scientific literature is full of information concerning the toxicity of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae and its dangers to humans and animals, there are few, if any, peer reviewed scholarly scientific papers regarding therapeutic benefit. In contrast, the scientific literature is full of information concerning the benefits and safety of humans and animals eating Chlorella and Spirulina 4.

    Anti-Cancer Effects

    Several studies show Spirulina or its extracts can prevent or inhibit cancers in humans and animals. Some common forms of cancer are thought to be a result of damaged cell DNA running amok, causing uncontrolled cell growth. Cellular biologists have defined a system of special enzymes called Endonuclease which repair damaged DNA to keep cells alive and healthy. When these enzymes are deactivated by radiation or toxins, errors in DNA go unrepaired and, cancer may develop.

    In vitro studies suggest the unique polysaccharides of Spirulina enhance cell nucleus enzyme activity and DNA repair synthesis. This may be why several scientific studies, observing human tobacco users and experimental cancers in animals, report high levels of suppression of several important types of cancer. The subjects were fed either whole Spirulina or treated with its water extracts 3,12,13.

    Strengthens Immune System

    Spirulina is a powerful tonic for the immune system. In scientific studies of mice, hamsters, chickens, turkeys, cats and fish, Spirulina consistently improves immune system function. Medical scientists find Spirulina not only stimulates the immune system, it actually enhances the body's ability to generate new blood cells.

    Important parts of the immune system, the Bone Marrow Stem Cells, Macrophages, T-cells and Natural Killer cells, exhibit enhanced activity. The Spleen and Thymus glands show enhanced function. Scientists also observe Spirulina causing macrophages to increase in number, become "activated" and more effective at killing germs.

    Feeding studies show that even small amounts of Spirulina build up both the humoral and cellular arms of the immune system 16. Spirulina accelerates production of the humoral system, (antibodies and cytokines), allowing it to better protect against invading germs. The cellular immune system includes T-cells, Macrophages, B-cells and the anti-cancer Natural Killer cells. These cells circulate in the blood and are especially rich in body organs like the liver, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, adenoids, tonsils and bone marrow. Spirulina up-regulates these key cells and organs, improving their ability to function in spite of stresses from environmental toxins and infectious agents 2,10,12,14,15,16.

    Spirulina Phycocyanin Builds Blood

    Spirulina has a dark blue-green color, because it is rich in a brilliant blue polypeptide called Phycocyanin. Studies show that Phycocyanin affects the stem cells found in bone marrow. Stem cells are "Grandmother" to both the white blood cells that make up the cellular immune system and red blood cells that oxygenate the body.

    Chinese scientists document Phycocyanin stimulating hematopoiesis, (the creation of blood), emulating the affect of the hormone erythropoetin, (EPO). EPO is produced by healthy kidneys and regulates bone marrow stem cell production of red blood cells. Chinese scientists claim Phycocyanin also regulates production of white blood cells, even when bone marrow stem cells are damaged by toxic chemicals or radiation 17.

    Based on this effect, Spirulina is approved in Russia as a "medicine food" for treating radiation sickness. The Children of Chernobyl suffer radiation poisoning from eating food grown on radioactive soil. Their bone marrow is damaged, rendering them immunodeficient. Radiation damaged bone marrow cannot produce normal red or white blood cells. The children are anemic and suffer from terrible allergic reactions. Children fed just five grams of Spirulina in tablets each day make dramatic recoveries within six weeks. Children not given Spirulina remain ill 6.

    Other Potential Health Benefits

    Spirulina is one of the most concentrated natural sources of nutrition known. It contains all the essential amino acids, rich in chlorophyll, beta-carotene and its co-factors, and other natural phytochemicals. Spirulina is the only green food rich in GLA essential fatty acid. GLA stimulates growth in some animals and makes skin and hair shiny and soft yet more durable. GLA also acts as an anti-inflammatory, sometimes alleviating symptoms of arthritic conditions.

    Spirulina acts as a functional food, feeding beneficial intestinal flora, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidus. Maintaining a healthy population of these bacteria in the intestine reduces potential problems from opportunistic pathogens like E. coli and Candida albicans. Studies show when Spirulina is added to the diet, beneficial intestinal flora increase.


    Based on this preliminary research, scientists hope the use of Spirulina and its extracts may reduce or prevent cancers and viral diseases. Bacterial or parasitic infections may be prevented or respond better to treatment and wound healing may improve. Symptoms of anemia, poisoning and immunodeficiency may be alleviated.

    Scientists in the USA, Japan, China, Russia, India and other countries are studying this remarkable food to unlock its potential. More research is needed to determine its usefulness against AIDS and other killer diseases. However, it is already clear this safe and natural food provides concentrated nutritional support for optimum health and wellness.
  5. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    Wow! No wonder I feel better on it! The anti-viral properties are all new to me, and it was SO well explained. And thank you for the advice to get broken cell chlorella.

    It saddens me to think that in our pre-packaged world, we are so far distant from these ancient and healing foods that were once taken for granted.
  6. tansy

    tansy New Member

    can boost the immune system so I am mindful that I may have to cut it down or stop taking it if my IS becomes too stimulated again, so far no obvious problems have arisen and I am taking other things that help modulate the IS.

    About one third of the population find chlorella irritates the digestive tract and that used to happen to me, until thyroid related problems settled down the iodine in chlorella would trigger hyperthyroid episodes too. I started off with just 200mgs when I tried it again recently and had no problems; so I think the timing was right. Now I take 3g - the recommended dose.


    Good to hear the Cholestyramine worked for you, Ritchie Shoemaker’s protocol has had its successes.

    Love, Tansy
  7. darude

    darude New Member

    Gpt mine online in pill form

    Powerful Aid for Mercury, Other Heavy Metals, Pesticides

    Numerous research projects in the USA and Europe indicate that chlorella can also aid the body in the breakdown of persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as DDT, PCB, mercury, cadmium and lead, while strengthening the immune system response. In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties -- its ability to neutralize or remove poisonous substances from the body.

    This detoxification of heavy metals and other chemical toxins in the blood will take 3-6 months to build up enough to begin this process depending on the dosage of chlorella a person is taking. It is also this fibrous material that greatly augments healthy digestion and overall digestive track health.

    Chlorella plays a particularly crucial role in systemic mercury elimination because the majority of mercury is rid through stool. Once the mercury burden is lowered from the intestines, mercury from other body tissues will more readily migrate into the intestines -- where chlorella will effectively remove it.

    I was fortunate to team up with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, the world's leading authority on mercury detoxification, to write a ground-breaking paper that reviewed evidence supporting amalgam toxicity and described practical and effective techniques -- like the use of chlorella -- to facilitate mercury elimination. It was first published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in March of 2001, click here to read more.

    How Does Chlorella Help Your Body?

    Chlorella is comprised of a fibrous, indigestible outer shell (20%) and its inner nutrients (80%). It is the fibrous material that has been proven to actually bind with heavy metals and pesticides like PCBs, that can accumulate in our bodies.

    A clean bloodstream, with an abundance of red blood cells to carry oxygen, is necessary to a strong natural defense system. Chlorella's cleansing action on the bowel and other elimination channels, as well as its protection of the liver, helps keep the blood clean. Clean blood assures that metabolic wastes are efficiently carried away from the tissues.

    Will Chlorella Help Iron Overload?

    While effective in removing mercury - Chlorella will not do the same for iron. Chlorella contains iron and will actually raise iron levels. Iron is potentially toxic because the human body has a limited capacity to excrete iron - causing it to build up in the body.

    Iron is nature's rusting agent, and excess levels of iron in our bodies is one of the most potent ways that our body becomes oxidized, or prematurely aged. Iron is a catalyst in the formation of hydroxyl free radicals. These are the most dangerous and potent free radicals in the body as they attack cell membranes, fats, proteins and DNA. Iron is really the anti-antioxidant -- it does the exact opposite of an antioxidant.

    Measuring your iron levels is a very effective way of maintaining your health. The best way to do this is through a measure of serum ferritin level in conjunction with total iron binding level. If your levels are too high, above 150, one way of treating elevated iron levels is by taking a simple extract from rice bran called phytic acid, or IP6. Not only is this an inexpensive solution, but also it doesn't require any prescription.

    Chlorella is High in Chlorophyl to Help You Process More Oxygen

    Chlorella gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll it possesses. Chlorella contains more chlorophyl per gram than any other plant. Chlorophyl is one of the greatest food substances for cleansing the bowel and other elimination systems, such as the liver and the blood.

    The problem we find here is that food greens contain less than half of one percent chlorophyll. Alfalfa, from which chlorophyll is commercially extracted, has only 8 or 9 pounds per ton, about 0.2% when extracted, and alfalfa is one of the plants highest in chlorophyll. Commercial liquid chlorophyll often contains only about 1% chlorophyll.

    Green algae are the highest sources of chlorophyll in the plant world; and, of all the green algae studied so far, chlorella is the highest, often ranging from 3 to 5% pure natural chlorophyll.

    Chlorella Will Improve Your Digestive System

    Since chlorella has such a high chlorophyll content, people find chronic bad breath is often eliminated in just a few days on chlorella. Foul smelling stools are also greatly improved and chlorophyll has been attributed to relieving constipation.

    Chlorella supplements can speed up the rate of cleansing of the bowel, bloodstream and liver, by supplying plenty of chlorophyll.

    Contains Natural Digestive and other Enzymes

    Chlorella contains enzymes such as chlorophyllase and pepsin, which are digestive enzymes. Enzymes perform a number of important functions in the body. In fact, you can not even blink without the presence of enzymes. Chlorella has many different types of enzymes that our bodies need.

    It is essential that any algae you take is NOT freeze dried or pasteurized. If it is, then you have lost the crucial benefit of enzymes such as these.

    Chlorella Is One Of The Most Scientifically Researched Foods In History!

    Click on the link above and you will find abstracts of a few of the peer reviewed scientific articles documenting the incredible healing powers of chlorella. I have included a summary of the abstract with most of the articles.

    Chlorella is Alkaline and Helps Balance Your Body's pH

    It is important that we maintain a balance body pH of ideally about 7.2-7.4, which is about neutral. However, because of our poor diet of junk food, fast food, overcooked, processed foods, especially soft drinks which have a pH of 2.7, most of us are not balanced. The above foods are several thousand times more acidic than our bodies.

    This is important because most diseases start and live and thrive in an acidic environment and do not live well in an alkaline environment. Cancer rates have risen steadily until now that fully one third of all people in the United States will get cancer in their lifetime!

    The rise of fast, junk and processed foods match those of rising cancer rates. Thirty years ago, cancer in children was almost unheard of. Now they have entire hospital wards given over to children with cancer. Eliminating processed foods with whole foods like chlorella will help to virtually eliminate your risk of developing cancer in the future.

    Increase Beneficial Good Bacteria in Your Intestine, Eliminate Bad Breath and Decrease Constipation

    The fibrous materials in chlorella will also improve digestion and promote the growth of beneficial aerobic bacteria in the stomach. This is something you will notice about chlorella soon after first taking it.

    When you eat chlorella the beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract, like Lactobacillus, multiplies at four times the normal rate. This improves your digestion and your body's ability to take in nutrients greatly. Proper digestion, augmented with the necessary enzymes, is one of the keys to your great health!

    Next page: Composition
  8. Tantallon

    Tantallon New Member

    Hi Shannon, I suffer from palpatations too so I might try this rather than try and work out what supp is causing this problem, does that sound irresponsible? Perhaps it does.

    Tansy and Darude brilliant info you both posted, thank you.

    [This Message was Edited on 05/31/2006]

    ANNXYZ New Member

    Interesting , as my former minister's wife attributes spirulina to her recovery from CFIDS . At one time she was quite ill .

    i think the fact that the spirulina can help fight infections is exciting , since there are not many good antiviral drugs .

    I take low doses of chlorella , and it is extremely potent . You can literally almost feel the toxins being
    drawn out of tissues , and boy does it cause herxlike symptoms. It also multiplies the good bacteria in your gut .

    I may try the spirulina since it is an antiinfective .
  10. ANNXYZ

    ANNXYZ New Member

  11. TeaBisqit

    TeaBisqit Member

    I often have spirutein shakes. They help. For me it's just temporary, though. But they do help with pain and cognitive, probably because they're filled with good things. They sell the mix all over now, I think I've even seen it in the regular grocery store.
  12. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    i buy mine at Super HEB a big chain Grocery store here in Tx. a pretty big can is really reasonable, the almost exact same thing a pharmacist sold me was twice the Price & less Spirutein.After all the info on it , i think i'llbe trying it again!