Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Zeno Foldes-Papp
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HELIOS Clinical Center of Emergency Medicine
Department for Internal Medicine
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Spirulina in Health Care Management

Author(s): Archana Kulshreshtha, Anish Zacharia J., Urmila Jarouliya, Pratiksha Bhadauriya, G. B.K.S. Prasad, P. S. Bisen.

Abstract:

Spirulina is a photosynthetic, filamentous, spiral-shaped and multicellular edible microbe. It is the natures richest and most complete source of nutrition. Spirulina has a unique blend of nutrients that no single source can offer. The alga contains a wide spectrum of prophylactic and therapeutic nutrients that include B-complex vitamins, minerals, proteins, γ-linolenic acid and the super anti-oxidants such as β-carotene, vitamin E, trace elements and a number of unexplored bioactive compounds. Because of its apparent ability to stimulate whole human physiology, Spirulina exhibits therapeutic functions such as antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antidiabetic and plethora of beneficial functions. Spirulina consumption appears to promote the growth of intestinal micro flora as well. The review discusses the potential of Spirulina in health care management.

Keywords: Spirulina, Health Care, Oxidative stress, Diabetes, Immunomodulation, Neutraceutical

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Article Details

VOLUME: 9
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2008
Page: [400 - 405]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/138920108785915111
Price: $58