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Should I Take Spirulina or Iron Tablets?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient disorder in the world and symptoms include: tiredness, pale skin, loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, brittle nails and hair fall. If this sounds familiar, you may have been recommended iron pills.

Let's look at some facts:

Spirulina Iron Tablets
✅ Natural source of iron. ❌ Isolated nutrient.
✅ Whole food that's easily digested.
❌ Can cause stomach upset and constipation.
✅ Contains co-factors that aid absorption.
❌ Often poorly absorbed.
✅ Clean spirulina has no safety issues or contraindications.
❌ High doses could result in iron toxicity.

The most common types of iron supplements are hard to digest, causing stomach upset (bloating, pain, nausea) and constipation. They are very difficult for the body to handle and the iron does not get absorbed and used by the body easily.

These lab-made supplements often contain unwanted additives, like binders, fillers and preservatives that can be harmful.

Iron can accumulate in the body and become toxic, so taking a high dose tablet without having your levels regularly checked by a healthcare practitioner could be dangerous.

Getting iron from Spirulina means easy digestion and absorption because your body recognises it as a whole food. Mother Nature provides cofactors that support the use of iron in the body including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, copper and B Vitamins that are all needed for iron absorption.

Clinical studies show just how effective Spirulina is at raising iron levels

Participants in one particular study published in Cellular & Molecular Immunology in 2011 took a Spirulina supplementation for 12 weeks and over the study period, there was a steady increase in average values of iron levels in their blood work.⁠⠀

Another study conducted by the Tokyo Medical and Dental University gave 4 grams of Spirulina a day to women with anaemia (approx. 2 teaspoons). “After 30 days blood haemoglobin content increased 21% from 10.9 to 13.2, a satisfactory level, no longer considered anaemic.” — source: IIMSAM.org

Providing you choose a clean source, Spirulina is safe to take for everyone – including children, pregnant women and the elderly. Organic Burst Spirulina is grown in pure mineral water and tested free from toxins including heavy metals, chemical fertilisers and algal toxins.

Hear from our #Bursters:

“I had a severe iron deficiency and after 3 days of being on Organic Burst Spirulina I felt tremendously better and had energy again for the first time in over 4 years.⁠”

💕 Melissa @missyezell on Instagram

"The only things keeping me from having ongoing iron infusions. I have the energy to train everyday and work full time with 2 kids and a hubbby. No more iron infusions and I've never felt better."

💕Chowda @bec244

“I finally manged to donate my blood for the first time because my hemoglobin level was good. Back in 2019, I was rejected from donating blood because my hemoglobin level was 10.5g/dL. Yesterday, I was told that it had risen to 13.0! After I realised I was anemic in 2019, I started talking iron tablets. But it caused frequent constipation. I then decided to give Spirulina a try. Since then, I’ve been regularly taking Spirulina and I’m glad to have seen tangible results!”

💕 Ruth @ruththeyouth on Instagram


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