Spirulina Aphanizomenon and Chlorella sp

Spirulina platensis Linn., Spirulina fusiformis Voronichin (Oscillatoriaceae) These algal genera deserve special mention as regards to medicine . Animal research has reported antiviral, antioxidant, neuroprotective, and cardio protective activities of S. platensis. Spirulina fusiformis Arch. has been reported to be nephroprotective in animal studies. C-phycocyanin from S. platensis has hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. C-phycocyanin has been reported to affect the stem cells found in bone marrow.

Clinical studies suggest that Spirulina is effective in melanosis and keratosis due to chronic arsenic posioning. It improves hemoglobin levels in malnourshied children and is effective in allergenic rhinitis or hay fever. A clinical trial from India, suggested a possible role of Spirulina fusiformis in chemo prevention for oral cancer. A recent clinical trial, reported hypolipidemic and antihypertensive activities of 4.5 G of Spirulina per day for 6 wk.

Aphanizomenon flos aquae (Linn.) Ralfs ex Bornet & Flahault (Nostocaceae)

This alga is reported to contain more protein and chlorophyll than any other food source. Animal trials have reported immunomodulator and hypolipidemic activities of the alga. A clinical trial, reported positive result of Aphanizomenon flos aquae in Alzheimer's disease.

Chlorella vulgaris Whittaker & Margulis, Chlorella pyrenoidosa Whittaker & Margulis and Chlorella kessleri Fott & Novakova (Chlorellaceae)

Animal trials in India, have reported anti-tumor, radio protective, and gastroprotecive activities of Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella kessleri. Human trials have reported the usefulness of Chlorella pyrenoidosa in hyperlipidemia, hypertension and fibromylagia.

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