Category Archives: Spirulina

Exercise and Spirulina: Effects on Anxiety

Stress is a major cause of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Effective lifestyle and nutritional strategies that can manage or reduce stress are therefore seen as being beneficial to the prevention or treatment of stress. Spirulina platensis is a … Continue reading

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Spirulina as an Anxiolytic

Spirulina platensis is a microscopic filamentous cyanobacterium which is commonly called a blue green algae. Spirulina can be dried and used as a food, and when it is consumed is a good source of certain nutrients. Around 50 to 70 … Continue reading

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Vitamin B12 in Edible Algae

Vitamin B12 is found predominantly in foods of animal origin. Only microorganisms can synthesise vitamin B12 and plants do not use it in their metabolism. As a result plants are a poor source of the vitamin. Vitamin B12 is essential … Continue reading

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Spirulina and Chlorella as a Source of Vitamin B12

Spirulina and chlorella are macroalgae that are grown for their nutritional content. They are good sources of a number of nutrients including protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemical antioxidants. Microalgae have excellent nutritional value and have become increasingly popular in Western … Continue reading

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Gamma-Linolenic Acid in Spirulina

Gamma-linolenic acid (C18:3, n-6) is a metabolite of the omega-6 essential amino linoleic acid (C18:2, n-6). In humans and animals, gamma linolenic acid has been shown to have a number of health effects due to its ability to convert into … Continue reading

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Spirulina platensis: Central Nervous System Effects

Spirulina platensis is a cyanobacterium that lives in fresh water, and which is often used as a food source or dietary supplement. Spirulina contains c-phycocyanin, an accessory pigment used to aid photosynthesis. C-phycocyanin is biologically active in humans and animals, … Continue reading

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Microalgae As A Source of Carotenoids

Microalgae are an important source of nutrients. Certain microalgae are commercially available and studies suggest they may possess health benefits when taken as a supplement. Commercially relevant microalgae are the green algae (Chlorophycea) Chlorella vulgaris, Haematococcus pluvialis, Dunaliella salina and … Continue reading

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Spirulina: Neuroprotective Algae

Spirulina platensis (Spirulina) is a single celled spiral-shaped blue-green alga from the Oscillatoriaceae family of algae. Spirulina is a rich source of nutrients and is particularly rich in chlorophyll, β-carotene, phycocyanin, and minerals. Supplements of spirulina are available as tablets, … Continue reading

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Gamma-Linolenic Acid In Spirulina

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Spirulina (Spirulina plantensis)

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