Chlorella and its Health Benefits

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Associate Professor and Head, Mechanical Engineering, MEA Engineering College Perinthalmanna, Malappuram,  Kerala, India

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress
BISAC: HEA048000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/XXUW5187


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Our editor, Dr. Mubarak Marutholi, was interviewed by C. K. Zubair, the Administration manager at MEA Engineering College. Dr. Marutholi discusses the book and its contents, and Chlorella’s many health benefits.  To see the full interview, click here.


The concept of producing different products from chlorella for the benefits of health demands efficient utilization of all the components. The high-value antioxidants such as carotenoids, xanthophylls and unsaturated fatty acids from chlorella have beneficial effects for humans and animals. Even chlorella vulgaris can be used as a fish feed for balanced and increased amount of fish production. The availability of vitamin B12 also increases the importance of chlorella as a food supplement for vegans. The biologically active vitamin B12 present in chlorella products is suitable as a natural B12 source for humans. Chlorella contains pigments like chlorophyll, carotenoids, lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, violaxanthin and antheraxanthin which even play a vital role for producing medicines for cancer treatment. This is to note that this book gives an overview about the different health benefits of chlorella starting from its morphological studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Structure of Chlorella and Its Importance
Gayathri Vaidyanathan
Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, India

Chapter 2. Chlorella as a Source of Antioxidant Compounds
Rosa Olivia Cañizares Villanueva¹, Erika Rojo Gómez¹, Beatriz Irene Arroyo Sánchez¹ and Alfredo de Jesús Martínez Roldán²,³
¹Departamento de Biotecnología y Bioingeniería, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Ciudad de México, México
²CONACyT-Tecnológico Nacional de México, Tecnológico Nacional de México/IT de Durango, Maestría en Sistemas Ambientales, Durango, Dgo, México
³Tecnológico Nacional de México/IT de Durango, Maestría en Sistemas Ambientales, Durango, Dgo, México

Chapter 3. Chlorella vulgaris – Opportunities to Replace Fish Meal in Fish-Feed towards Nutrition
Anand Parashar¹, Yogendra Shastri¹, Narottam Prasad Sahu² and Narendra Shah³
¹Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India
²Fish Nutrition Biochemistry & Physiology Division, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India
³Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Chapter 4. Chlorella as a Source of Vitamin B12
Tomohiro Bito¹,², Kyohei Koseki¹, Hiroyasu Harada², Eri Okumura³, Masaki Fujishima³ and Fumio Watanabe¹,²
¹Division of Applied Bioresource Chemistry, United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan
²Department of Agricultural Science, Graduate School of Sustainability Science, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan
³Sun Chlorella Corporation, Kyoto, Japan

Chapter 5. Chlor-ox: A Lesser Explored Potential Antioxidant Reserve
Sneha Sawant Desai and Varsha Kelkar Mane
Department of Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Chapter 6. Nutraceutical Components of Chlorella and Its Biological Properties
Anitha Rajasekaran
Department of Botany, Bharathi Women’s College, Prakasam Salai, Broadway, Chennai, India

List of Contributors

Index