Organic Spirulina Side Effects — Contamination
Organic Spirulina has the same basic side effects that Chlorella powder can have. Because of the way it’s produced Spirulina algae are subject to contamination and chemicals that aren’t supposed to be there. For those who don’t know, Spirulina is a single celled algae that’s power packed with nutrients. It’s grown and harvested in large vats and processed to render it in a digestible powder form. In the past, some Spirulina distributors have suffered from low quality production methods, which led to chemical contamination of some of their Spirulina powder. That’s why it’s especially important to choose a good brand when purchasing Spirulina or Chlorella. The brand that we reviewed in our organic Spirulina review is one such brand.
Detoxification Side Effects
Other than side effects that can arise due to contamination, there are very few other reported side effects that come from Spirulina. The only other side effects, which we’ve mentioned multiple times in other articles, are side effects that arise through the detoxification process. Spirulina is a fairly powerful detoxifying agent, and when taken, will cause the body to begin removing its heavy metals and other toxins. When this happens, and a sudden rush of toxins enters the system in order to be processed out, a person can feel as though they’re suffering from the flu. Nausea, aches, fever, and other symptoms are common side effects from detoxification. This just means that the Spirulina is doing its job, but it can make a person worried that maybe they’re allergic to the compound. As long as the symptoms don’t become too severe, you should be able to keep taking Spirulina and the side effects should begin to subside.
Wheatgrass Powder Side Effects
Wheatgrass powder as a whole, has very few side effects associated with it. Most of the side effects that come about aren’t from the powder itself, but from either the manufacturing process, an allergy, or from the detoxification process. The biggest potential wheatgrass powder side effect comes from a poor manufacturing process. Because of the fact that wheatgrass was the original and still is the one of the most popular green drinks to come about, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, including Chinese manufacturers who don’t have the greatest track record of keeping their natural health products safe and high quality. A powder is one of the easiest substances to add fillers to, and you can’t help but wonder if Chinese produced wheatgrass powder is as pure as the label says it is. It’s very easy to find cheap wheatgrass powder out there, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s best to go with a trusted brand.
Detoxification Side Effects
Another wheatgrass powder side effect comes, not from the powder itself, but from the detoxification process that happens through drinking the powder. Because of the fact that wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll and other powerful detoxifying agents, when you drink a wheatgrass drink, your body begins to release toxins and heavy metals. This is the same side effect that comes about from taking algae or any other powerful detox powders. Because toxins are released from where they were lodged, it can make a person feel lousy. Nausea, fever, aching, headaches and more are all common side effects that happen when people with many stored toxins in their body begin to detox. This can easily be thought of as an allergic reaction, and sometimes it is, but for the most part, this is the side effect that comes from detoxification.
As with any food, some people have an allergic reaction to it. The trick here is how to determine whether or not you’re allergic to wheatgrass, or if the side effects you’re experiencing are a part of the detoxification process. If you keep taking wheatgrass powder and the side effects continue, or get worse, then it’s probably a good chance that you have an allergy. But since wheatgrass is in fact a grass, some people just have negative reactions to it that aren’t allergies but resemble an allergy. The human digestive tract doesn’t always handle things like grass well since it isn’t a part of our natural diet. So if you’re reacting negatively to it, it might just be because your digestive tract doesn’t like you pretending that you’re a cow.
Chlorella is an amazing green powder absolutely rife with positive health benefits. For one thing, Chlorella is the richest source of chlorophyll on the planet, which is a huge benefit to people eating a standard modern diet. But Chlorella can sometimes come with a few unwanted side effects. The first is actually something interesting. It’s a side effect that’s both a benefit and a side effect at the same time. You’ll see what I mean.
Detoxification Side Effects
Because of the fact that Chlorella is so chalked full of chlorophyll, detoxification happens on a widespread scale throughout the body. Chlorophyll is considered one of the most powerful detoxifiers on the planet, removing heavy metals and other unwanted dangers from throughout the body. But what happens is that as a person begins to detox, the release of so many harsh chemicals into the bloodstream to be filtered out, they start to feel just plain lousy. A person can exhibit nausea, aching, fever, and more because of the detoxification process. This leads some people to believe that they’re allergic to Chlorella when in fact, they’re the ones who need it the most. If you buy Chlorella and this happens to you, it just means that it’s doing its job. It’s a Chlorella side effect you’ll just have to live with. Now in some cases, a person might actually have a legitimate allergy to algae. So if the side effects continue and even intensify, you might want to try out a different green powder.
Contamination Side Effects
One of the concerns that has arisen many times about Chlorella is concern for how it’s harvested. Chlorella is produced largely in Japan, in Okinawa, inside of very large culture pools that can be up to 175 feet in diameter. The reason why most Chlorella is made in Okinawa is due to the ideal climate that promotes rapid growth of Chlorella. Once the Chlorella algae are grown, they’re harvested and undergo a drying process that renders it into powder form. Contamination can happen at various stages of this process. And since Chlorella is a single celled algae, the growing conditions for Chlorella are similar to other single celled organisms, things like bacteria and germs that can also contaminate the powder.
Another issue with the creation of Chlorella is that it has a very hard outer shell that must be “cracked” in order for the Chlorella to be digested by the human digestive tract. If you’ve ever purchased Chlorella, you’ve probably seen that somewhere on the label says “cracked cell wall” or something similar. Contamination has been known to happen through this process as well because of how difficult a process it is to crack each and every cell wall inside the Chlorella. Because of the methods for growing, harvesting, and cracking the cell wall of Chlorella, contamination is difficult to avoid. Though safety measures are obviously very strict, you need to make sure you purchase a quality brand of Chlorella. We’ve tried to find the best one for you in terms of safety, cost, and bio-availability, which we’ll review in our next article.