Therapeutic potential of seaweeds
Keywords:Seaweeds or vegetables, Marine natural products, Marine pharmacology, Marine therapeutics
Seaweeds in general are known to contribute to the maintenance of health through their nutritional and medicinal properties and are served in soups and salads, cooked with grains, legumes or miso-soup broth, vegetable pies, stews and even consumed dried. The medicinal properties of seaweeds or vegetables have long been known in many cultures of people particularly those living in the coastal regions who are consuming these from centuries. Traditional Chinese dietotherapy (TCD) makes good use of natural marine nutrients and food to preserve health. Koreans wrap their bodies in seaweeds to get rid of deadly body toxins and Japanese who eat large quantities of seaweeds have very low incidence of cancers. The compounds with diverse biological activities such as antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal, antineoplastic, antimicrobial etc. have been isolated from the flora in the sea. A score of these bio-medicinal compounds are in different stages of clinical trials & analysis and are the focus of this article.
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