Spirulina

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


Spirulina (Aphanizomenon sp., Spirulina sp., and others) is a fresh water blue-green algae that contains various nutrients such as protein, Bvitamins,vitaminE, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, andiron. Spirulina has no specific lactation-related uses. No data exist on the excretion of any components of spirulina into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of spirulina in nursing mothers or infants. Spirulina is generally well tolerated when grown under controlled conditions. Minor adverse effects include diarrhea, bloating, upset stomach, flatulence, edema, headache, muscle pain, facial flushing, and sweating. Products that are grown in uncontrolled conditions can contain heavy metals and other contaminants. Some products can be contaminated with the blue-green algae species Microcystis aeruginosa, which produces the hepatotoxins called microcystins. Breastmilk discoloration has been reported to Australian authorities, but details are unavailable.[1]

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Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


References:


1. Marles RJ, Barrett ML, Barnes J et al. United States pharmacopeia safety evaluation of spirulina. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2011;51:593-604. PMID:21793723



Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Spirulina

Scientific Name:

Arthrospira platensis Arthrospira maxima

Drug Class:


  • Complementary Therapies

  • Phytotherapy

  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    933


    Last Revision Date:


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