When talking about supplements for children, we must act with the utmost caution.
Children are constantly changing : they develop various metabolisms at different times, complete physiological processes, modify and implement cognitive abilities.
There are timed parameters and personal times from subject to subject: fortunately, compared to adults, they are not yet exposed to some variables that unbalance their augmentative processes such as stress, bad eating habits, incorrect lifestyles (certainly dealing with of children in objectively ordinary living conditions).
Why, then, insert supplements into their lifestyle? The pediatrician is the only professional entitled to verify any deficiencies and indicate suitable supplements.
Natural remedies for children are also provided for ages 3 and up, not before.
Spirulina, in particular, is a very special food, extremely rich in nutrients, but perhaps not suitable for children too young.
In fact, spirulina alga does not have a standardized composition and may present different nutrient levels from time to time.
Some mothers, who have an oligonutrient diet (vegetarian or vegan) and decide to change their child's diet according to these choices, often choose supplements such as spirulina to balance the diet of the children.
I do not agree with these choices, because a child needs a varied and complete diet, because he is structuring his whole body.
Having said this, it is advisable that those parents who intend to introduce their children to an animal protein-free diet should consult the pediatrician who will evaluate the child's condition.
If instead we find ourselves faced with cases in which children suffer from a condition of severe malnutrition, or in a state of deterioration due to illness, difficulty in eating, food intolerances, then spirulina as a superfood can be a suggestion that the doctor can keep in consideration, once the parameters of the subject in question have been evaluated.
In the case of children aged 10 and over we can reconsider the use of supplements, and therefore also of spirulina.
It is, in fact, a more demanding phase: school, sports, interests that can create stress. Spirulina is a food that can provide energy and strengthen the immune system .
Spirulina algae, superfood
Spirulina is called a superfood, as it has an interesting quantity of nutrients useful in case of nutritional deficiencies. Erroneously called alga, in reality it is a cyanobacterium of the genus Arthospira .
Spirulina is a source of essential amino acids, proteins, vitamins A, C and E, but unfortunately does not contain B12, which is necessary for those who follow diets that are poor in meat.
Spirulina is a carrier of mineral salts, such as iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
This fantastic superfood grows in the pristine waters of Mexican lakes, is rich in chlorophyll, which characterizes the spirulina of this blue-green color.
Spirulina algae, dosages
Daily dosages of spirulina algae range from 1g to 5g for adults, depending on the need. The advice is to take spirulina with a gradual dosage, from 1 g up to the maximum, 5 g, over 5 days or a week, to allow the body to get used to all the nutrients it brings.
In the case of children or young people it is advisable not to exceed 3 g, always with incremental dosage.