Let me preface this by saying that I have been suffering from anemia pretty much all my life even before I went vegan. In 2014, my latest blood work revealed particularly low levels White Blood Count and Hemoglobin, and I knew I needed to do something. I took mutivitamins, but it wasn't enough. That's when I started to eat Spirulina Crunch daily (10 grams per day). My father did research on spirulina and other algae at Ben Gurion University and we all became fascinated by it. Because of a different issue, I had to take another blood test a few days shy of the 3 weeks from the first one (and the general blood test values are included with every test). The result startled me. I haven’t particularly changed my diet apart from spirulina. I had become vegan about a year earlier after having been vegetarian for many years, but I didn’t change my diet for about a year leading to these tests.
Even though most of the above seems to be in gibberish (it’s actually Hebrew because I live in Israel), the important stuff, like the dates, the abbreviations and the results are in a form anyone can understand.
What surprised me was that the first test you see in the picture is very much the same throughout the years. No surprises - the Western blood work standard deems me anemic. I am one of the healthiest people I know, and so I am not worried about the blood work as long as my health does not deteriorate in any way - and that was my physician’s assessment as well. As long as the blood work doesn’t get consistently worse.
So imagine my surprise when for the first time in YEARS or maybe ever (I didn’t have blood tests done when I lived in the US due to an inability to pay for health insurance), my white blood count and my hemoglobin were within a normal range! Surprised my doctor, too! It had a slight upwards effect on my hematocrit value as well.
[I will try to find my PREVIOUS blood work to show how I have been consistently anemic throughout the year and post it here as well.]
Guess why I decided to create a much cheaper, but still high quality Spirulina Crunch product on my own? To keep my anemia from coming back!
Spirulina Crunch contains over 20% of daily value of iron and some of the B vitamins, which is exactly what is prescribed to anyone generally anemic like me, as well as to pregnant and nursing women and vegetarians/vegans as a prophylactic.
If you don't have access to Sspirulina Crunch or raw spirulina, you need to increase your intake of seafood, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots, in order to overcompensate for the lack of iron in your body. It's always recommended to consult your physician about any supplement you take.