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Rom J Intern Med. 2002;40(1-4):89-94.

Chronic viral hepatitis, the treatment with spiruline for one month has no effect on the aminotransferases.

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"Colentina" Clinical Hospital, 19-21, Sos. Stefan cel Mare, 72202 Bucharest, Romania. cbaicus@fx.ro

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Spirulina platensis is extracted from an alga and theoretically has many good effects on the majority of the organs. There is not any published clinical trial on humans.

OBJECTIVE:

The evaluation of the efficacy of spiruline in chronic viral liver disease.

DESIGN:

Double blind, randomised clinical trial.

SETTING:

Secondary care university hospital.

PATIENTS:

24 patients with chronic viral liver disease, treated with spiruline or placebo for one month.

OUTCOME MEASUREMENT:

Aminotransferases diminution and the modification of a general state score self-evaluated by the patient on an analogic visual scale.

RESULTS:

A modification of the aminotransferases level in the detriment of the spiruline treated group has been found (p = 0.036 for ALAT, p = 0.017 for ASAT), and not at the level of the general state score (p = 0.30).

CONCLUSION:

Despite the little number of patients, significant results not favouring spiruline have been found.

PMID:
15526544
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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