Have you heard of blue green algae? It turns out that drinking a blue green algae shot may have potential dangers to your health. Keep reading to learn more!
What is a Blue Green Algae?
Blue green algae is not algae at all! In fact, it is a plant-like bacteria called cyanobacteria that produces a bluish green colored pigment. It is found majorly in saltwater and some lakes.
These plants have been used by humans as food in some parts of Africa and Mexico, as well as in supplements. However, recent reports suggest this type of bacteria (also referred to by some as pond scum) can be deadly. It contains algal toxins and should never to ingested or exposed to sensitive areas of the body such as the skin or eyes.
Is There Safe Algae?
Unlike blue green algae, there are other types of living organisms that are helpful to the body. For instance, chlorella and spirulina are safe and nutritious types of green algae that are considered superfoods. Often consumed in drink mixes or protein shakes for additional vitamins and minerals, they are dried into a powder and then mixed with a beverage to consume. While you should never try a blue green algae shot, you can safely ingest a shot of chlorella or spirulina as part of your balanced daily diet. For other supplements that support overall wellness, try Algalife USA’s Icelandic Astaxanthin, which promotes healthy vision.