Medical Use of Squalene as a Natural Antioxidant

Author(s): Fatma EG


The aim of the present review is to emphasize the importance of squalene, a nutrient, in preventive and therapeutic medicine. Squalene is a triterpene that carries oxygen independent of the hemoglobin and it can carry oxygen directly to cell membranes throughout the body and reach the regions having low oxygen supply. Squalene has been reported to have an inhibitory effect on cancer promotion and a high anti-tumor activity; thus, it is primarily used as a supportive therapy in a variety of cancers. Epidemiological and experimental animal researches regarding squalene’s anti-cancer properties are interesting and promising. However, these properties of squalene should be supported by further extensive trials in humans.

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