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Spirulina: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

By Angie Hendrickson

Spirulina is made from cyanobacteria Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is used as a dietary supplement. Because it is rich in amino acids and several important vitamins and minerals, spirulina is often used to aid in the recovery of malnourished and sick people and animals.

Spirulina aids in immune system function and helps fight disease. In fact, studies have been done that showed spirulina even helps fight against serious chronic conditions, such as hepatitis, cancer, radiation poisoning, and even HIV. Spirulina has also been shown to help regulate metabolic disorders like diabetes and high blood pressure in addition to having antioxidant and probiotic properties. More research is still needed but, all in all, spirulina appears to be a pretty amazing herb!

In pet birds, spirulina has many of the same effects as it does in people. It’s often used on sick birds to help them fight illness, gain weight, and replenish the good bacteria that antibiotics can destroy. It can also be used to help with fertility and to help pet birds stay healthy during mating season. It’s generally easy to get into a pet bird’s diet: you can buy capsules or a powder and sprinkle it on your bird’s food. Consult your avian veterinarian before adding a supplement to your pet bird’s diet.

Fun Fact: There is written record of spirulina being used by the Aztecs before the first Spaniards arrived in Mexico.

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Sounds like a wonder herb
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 8/28/2011 7:41:30 PM
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 7/30/2011 3:41:17 PM
I use it when I make birdie bread. I ordered it from
Barbara, Kerrville, TX
Posted: 7/29/2011 8:50:46 PM
Posted: 7/29/2011 2:34:34 PM
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