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1st Edition

Spirulina in Human Nutrition and Health

ISBN 9781420052565
Published October 8, 2007 by CRC Press
328 Pages 47 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Astonishingly rich in nutrients, Spirulina is one of the most popular and well researched functional foods in the multi-billion dollar global food supplement market. This ancient species provides readily bioavailable protein along with carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals and has therapeutic applications in non-communicable disease such as diabetes milletus, hyperlipidemia, oxidative stress-induced diseases, inflammations, allergies, and even cancer. Growing scientific and market interests demand a high-quality, comprehensive, peer-reviewed volume on all aspects of this tiny aquatic plant.

Drawing from the editors' expertise in nutrition and immunology as well as a prestigious panel of premier international researchers, Spirulina in Human Nutrition and Health provides the first complete compilation of the wealth of experimental data in a single accessible resource. Beginning with an introduction to the history and features of the plant itself, the book goes into great detail regarding its cultivation, handling, storage, and packaging, as well as applicable regulatory acts and organizations. It supplies explanations and reviews of studies involving Spirulina's use as a therapeutic food product and discusses its anti-oxidant profile and antioxidative and hepatoprotective properties. The book considers peer-reviewed studies on spirulina's effects on immunity, NK activation, and antibody production and highlights its role as an antibacterial and antiviral agent. The final chapters look at neurobiology and spirulina's effect on aging as well as potential interactions with pharmaceuticals or other bioavailable compounds.

Extensively detailed and heavily referenced, Spirulina in Human Nutrition and Health is the definitive work on this highly nutritious food source.

Table of Contents

Spirulina (Arthrospira): Production and Quality Assurance, A. Belay

Toxicologic Studies and Antitoxic Properties of Spirulina, G. Chamorro-Cevallos, Dr. B.L. Barrón, and M. en C.J. Vázquez-Sánchez

Spirulina and its Therapeutic Implications as a Food Product, Dr. U.V. Mani, Dr. U.M. Iyer, Dr. S.A. Dhruv, and Dr. I.U. Mani

Therapeutic Utility of Spirulina, Dr. U.V. Mani, Dr. U.M. Iyer, Dr. S.A. Dhruv, Dr. I.U. Mani, and Dr. K.S. Sharma

Antioxidant Profile of Spirulina: A Blue Green Microalga, Dr. K. Chopra and M. Bishnoi

Antioxidative and Hepatoprotective Effects of Spirulina, Dr. L. Wu and Dr. J.A. Ho

Drug-Induced Nephrotoxicity Protection by Spirulina, Dr. V.K Kutala, Dr. I.K. Mohan, Dr. M. Khan, M. Pharma, Dr. P.L. Narasimham, and Dr. P. Kuppusamy

Spirulina and Immunity, A.T. Borchers, A. Belay, C.L. Keen, and M.E. Gershwin

NK Activation Induced by Spirulina, T. Seya, T. Ebihara, K. Kodama, K.Hazeki, and M. Matsumoto

Spirulina and Antibody Production, Dr. O. Hayashi, K. Ishii, and T. Kato

Spirulina as an Antiviral Agent, Dr. B.L. Barrón, Dr. J.M. Torres-Valencia, Dr. G. Chamorro-Cevallos, and Dr. A. Zúñiga-Estrada

Spirulina and Anti-Bacterial Activity, G. Ozdemir and M. Conk Dalay

Spirulina, Aging and Neurobiology, J. Vila, C. Gemma, J.A. Haley, A. Bachstetter, Y. Wang, I. Strömberg, and P.C. Bickford

Spirulina Interactions, A.T. Borchers, C.L. Keen, and M.E. Gershwin

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"Impeccably researched and written with a true eye for detail, this text will no doubt be regarded as the ‘voice in the field’ and the ultimate go-to reference for researcher, librarian, and instructor alike."

--The Electric Review