Algae and their extracts in medical treatment
PBN-AR
Instytucja
Wydział Chemii (Uniwersytet Opolski)
Książka
Tytuł książki
Algae biomass: characteristics and applications. Towards algae-based products
Data publikacji
2018
ISBN
9783319747026
Wydawca
Springer International Publishing
Publikacja
Główny język publikacji
en
Tytuł rozdziału
Algae and their extracts in medical treatment
Rok publikacji
2018
Strony (od-do)
73-87
Numer rozdziału
Identyfikator DOI
Liczba arkuszy
0.7
Hasło encyklopedyczne
Słowa kluczowe
en
algae in medicine
seaweed polysaccharides
bioactive compounds
antioxidant activity
phlorotannins
fatty acids
Streszczenia
Język
en
Treść
Scientific efforts undertaken in recent decades have undoubtedly proven that algae are an inestimable and, what is more, important renewable source of hundreds of chemical compounds characterized by a wide spectrum of biological activity. Polysaccharides, phenolic compounds and their derivatives, pigments, proteins, lipids, and fatty acids are the substances that can be isolated from seaweeds, possessing antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antilipidemic, antitumor, antidiabetic, anticoagulant, antioxidant, and antiallergic properties, which can be successfully utilized for human needs. The majority of attention has been focused on marine polysaccharides and their application in medicine and pharmacology. Biodegradability into environmentally harmless products, excellent biocompatibility, the lack of toxicity, and physiological indifference make them bioactive compounds of huge therapeutic potential in the pharmaceutical and biomedicinal fields. Many of them are key components for the production of medical devices and pharmaceuticals and play an important role in biomedical applications, such as wound healing/dressing, drug delivery, and controlled release. A relatively high content of phlorotannins and fatty acids, especially omega-3 acids, makes algae a natural and functional food or diet supplement, rich in vitamins that support the nervous system and lower the glucose level in blood. Although several of these properties have been proven by significant amounts of research or in many clinical trials, there are still many possibilities for using biologically active compounds from seaweeds in ways that improve human health and wellness.
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