Are There Benefits to Spirulina in Pregnancy?

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Can Pregnant Woman Take Spirulina?

Spirulina is popular and has been around for a long time. Just what are its health benefits? Can it benefit pregnant women? Spirulina comes from blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, that grows in fresh and saltwater (1). 

It’s an extremely popular supplement that’s recognized worldwide as the “ultimate superfood.” Spirulina is reported to increase energy, improve your mood, have potent antioxidants, and potentially help prevent heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cancer (234). 

Spirulina consumption dates back to the Aztecs in the 1400s and 1500s. But is said to be more than 3.5 billion years old. The Aztecs would harvest spirulina, dry it, then mix it with other foods they ate (5).

The legend is that emperor Montezuma liked to eat fish and would send his followers hundreds of kilometers away from home to the ocean to catch the fish the emperor liked. And, spirulina was the food that kept them energized for the long haul.

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