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IP International Journal of Comprehensive and Advanced Pharmacology


A review on spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) for its antioxidant and neuroprotective effect


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Article Type : Review Article

Author Details: Rashmi BR*

Volume : 4

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2456-9542

Print ISSN : 2581-5555

Article First Page : 116

Article End Page : 119


Abstract

Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis), belongs to a class of cyanobacteria. It is a free-floating filamentous microalgae and is also capable of photosynthesis. The nutritional content of Spirulina reveals high content of protein (60-70% by dry weight), vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) position paper describes Arthrospira platensis as follows: "An easily digestible high protein product with high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin B12, iron and trace minerals, and the rare essential fatty acid ?-linolenic acid also called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), or omega-6". Arthrospira platensis has been generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption. Human clinical studies and animal studies over the past several decades support such notion. Also, FDA had no question on the GRAS notice of Arthrospira platensis.

Keywords: Arthrospira Platensis.

Doi No:-10.18231/j.ijcaap.2019.024