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Biol Trace Elem Res. 2016 Sep;173(1):1-6. doi: 10.1007/s12011-016-0623-5. Epub 2016 Jan 16.

Effect of Spirulina maxima Supplementation on Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, and Zinc Status in Obese Patients with Treated Hypertension.

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1
Department of Human Nutrition and Hygiene, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 31 Str., 60-624, Poznan, Poland. jsulibur@au.poznan.pl.
2
Department of Education and Obesity Treatment and Metabolic Disorders, University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland.
3
Orenburg State Medical University, Orenburg, Russia.
4
All-Russian Research Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (VILAR), Moscow, Russia.

Abstract

The effects of Spirulina maxima supplementation on calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc status were studied in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial of 50 obese subjects with treated hypertension, each randomized to receive 2 g of spirulina or a placebo daily for 3 months. At baseline and after treatment, the calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc concentration in plasma was assessed. It was found that 3 months of S. maxima supplementation resulted in a significant decrease in the iron level in the plasma of obese patients. In conclusion, this is the first clinical study on the influence of spirulina supplementation on mineral status in obese patients with hypertension. Spirulina supplementation affects the iron status of obese Caucasians with well-treated hypertension.

KEYWORDS:

Minerals; Obesity; Randomized trial; Spirulina; Treated hypertension

PMID:
26779620
PMCID:
PMC4975759
DOI:
10.1007/s12011-016-0623-5
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