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Vegetos- An International Journal of Plant Research
Year : 2014, Volume : 27, Issue : 3
First page : ( 104) Last page : ( 116)
Print ISSN : 0970-4078. Online ISSN : 2229-4473.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2229-4473.2014.00076.7

Efficacy and Safety of Spirulina in Biomedical Field: Evidence Based Critical Appraisal.

Bhatia Kawalpreet Kaur, Puri Sanjeev1, Ahluwalia A S*

Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160014, India

1Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160014, India

*Corresponding author E-mail: aas.aca2012@gmail.com

Online published on 19 January, 2015.

Abstract

Spirulina (Arthrospira) has been the focus of extreme investigation as it contains array of bioactive chemicals and has emerged as a perfect nutraceutical. Spirulina has a unique blend of around 70 biologically active compounds making it a perfect nutraceutical. Its supplementation enhances the nutritional and therapeutic significance. Its role as antiinflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-hypercholesterimic effect and anti-diabetic has been critically appraised. In addition, its safety profile has also been discussed. Based on animal evidence, Spirulina appears to be a promising anti-oxidant and supplement for metabolic issues. Universal medical research has marked Spirulina as unique blend of nutrients possessing biomodulatory and immunoprotective properties. It inhibits carcinogenesis due to antioxidant properties and is known to reduce hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. The focus of current review is tremendous nutritive, pharmaceutical and public health potential of Spirulina.

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Keywords

Spirulina, Nutraceutical, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-diabetic.

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