Med.Inter.Rev. 2016, 106, 4-10.

Algae preparations as a source of beneficial healthy substances

JĘKOT Barbara1, RZEWIŃSKA Aleksandra2, HAŁASZUK Patrycja2, ROJOWSKI Jacek3, MUSZYŃSKA Bożena2

  1. Apteka, Pl. Braci Dudzińskich 1a, 30-556 Kraków
  2. Katedra i Zakład Botaniki Farmaceutycznej Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Collegium Medicum, ul. Medyczna 9, 30-688 Kraków
  3. Katedra Chemii Nieorganicznej i analitycznej, Wydział Farmacji, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Collegium Medicum, ul. Medyczna 9, 30 688 Kraków, Polska

Algae used in OTC preparations and as functional food are available in the form of finished formulations: powders – lyophilisates, tablets, pills, capsules, and are widely used in cosmetics. In these formulations most commonly used species of algae is cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina platensis) and Arthrospira maxima (Spirulina maxima), species of red algae – red algae of the genus Porphyra: Porphyra yezoensis and Porphyra tenera and brown algae – Fucus vesiculosus and green algae for example: Chlorella vulgaris.

They are used in cosmetology, pharmacy, food industry, agriculture and environmental protection. Hence, getting to know the current state of the market and knowledge of the preparations containing algae and the promotion of knowledge about their effectiveness is expedient to influence effectively on the prevention of civilization diseases. Conducting a survey on knowledge of the preparations of algae, efficiency and preventive properties may allow to know the current state of knowledge in Poland, about the development of effective promotion in order to use of them. The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge and the possibility of using supplements and food additives containing algae and assessment of the effectiveness of activities in the first reinforcement and anti-aging preparations containing algae in the studied groups of people.

Algae due to the fact that are a source of many substances such as amino acids, proteins, minerals, vitamins, polysaccharides, lipids, and polyamides, which are necessary for the proper functioning of the human body, have been used in various industries.

Keywords: Algae, antioxidant activity, anti-aging activity, Arthrospira sp, Spirulina, Eucaryota

Oryginal language: Polish

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