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Vol. 7, Issue 4 (2018)

Spirulina as dietary supplement in chronic disease

Dr. Seema and Sonia
According to world health organization (WHO), Spirulina is an interesting food, rich in iron and protein which can be administered to children without risk. WHO also declared it as the best food for future. Spirulina (Arthrospira), a filamentous unicellular alga is a cyan bacterium grown in certain countries as food for human and animal consumption. This alga is a rich source of proteins, vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other nutrients. Its main use, therefore, is a food supplement. Over the last few years, however, it has been found to have many additional pharmacological properties. Thus, it has been experimentally proven, in vivo and in vitro that it is effective to treat certain chronic diseases. Several of these activities are attributed to spirulina itself or to some of its components including fatty acid; omega-3 and omega-6, alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene, phycocyanin, phenol compounds and a recently isolated complex, Ca-spirulina (Ca-Sp).
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How to cite this article:
Dr. Seema, Sonia. Spirulina as dietary supplement in chronic disease. Pharma Innovation 2018;7(4):369-371.

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