Healthy efficacy of Nostoc commune Vaucher

Zhuoyu Li _ and Min Guo

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:14669-14679. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23620

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Zhuoyu Li1,2,3 and Min Guo1,2,3

1College of Life Science, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China

2Institute of Biotechnology, The Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Molecular Engineering of Ministry of Education, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China

3Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China

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Zhuoyu Li, email: [email protected]

Keywords: Nostoc commune Vaucher; composition; functional food; human health

Received: August 10, 2017     Accepted: October 28, 2017     Epub: December 22, 2017     Published: March 06, 2018


Nostoc commune Vaucher, a macroscopic cyanobacterium, has long been appreciated as a healthy food and traditional medicine worldwide. Accumulated evidence has demonstrated that it possesses a wide range of remarkably protective physiological and pharmacological activities, largely based on animal and in vitro studies. In this review, we summarise and update evidence regarding the chemical composition and nutritional characteristics of Nostoc commune Vaucher, and comprehensively discuss the recent studies on the antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and immune regulation properties of Nostoc commune Vaucher and Nostoc commune Vaucher-derived extracts. The available results demonstrate the potential of it to act as a functional food for the amelioration of human associated diseases. More details from human clinical trials should be a matter of further investigation.

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