Vol. 8, Issue 8 (2019)
Seaweed: Nutritional and health benefits
Alisha, Ritu Prakash Dubey and Aisha Haider
Seaweeds are autotrophic plants and grow in the intertidal and sub-tidal regions of the sea. Seaweeds are the only source for the manufacture of colloids like agar; algin and carrageenan. seaweeds are generally used as food and also play a vital role in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Edible seaweeds are rich in bioactive compounds such as soluble dietary fibers, protein like (glycine alanin, argine and glutamic acid), vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Seaweeds are also the types of novel food have been shown to have therapeutic properties for health and disease management, such as anticancer, antiobesity, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial antidiabetic, antihy- pertensive, immuno- modulatory antihyperlipidemic, antioxidant, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, antiestrogenic, thyroid stimulating, neuroprotective, and tissue healing properties. Seaweed contains Carotenoids which Nutraceuticals are effectively able to reduce the atherosclerosis process and coronary heart disease progression. The consumption of seaweed is useful in expectant mothers, adolescents and elderly who are exposed to risk of calcium deficiency.
How to cite this article:
Alisha, Ritu Prakash Dubey and Aisha Haider. Seaweed: Nutritional and health benefits. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2019; 8(8): 80-83.