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Title: An Overview of Potential Seaweed-Derived Bioactive Compounds for Pharmaceutical Applications
Authors: Lomartire, Silvia 
Gonçalves, Ana M. M. 
Keywords: seaweed; bioactive compounds; pharmaceutical application; sustainability; health benefits
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2022
Project: UIDB/04292/2020 
project MENU—Marine Macroalgae: Alternative recipes for a daily nutritional diet (FA_05_2017_011), funded by the Blue Fund under Public Notice No. 5-Blue Biotechnology 
FCT - doctoral grant 2021.05005.BD 
University of Coimbra - contract IT057-18-7253 
Serial title, monograph or event: Marine Drugs
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
Abstract: Nowadays, seaweeds are widely involved in biotechnological applications. Due to the variety of bioactive compounds in their composition, species of phylum Ochrophyta, class Phaeophyceae, phylum Rhodophyta and Chlorophyta are valuable for the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Seaweeds have been consumed as whole food since ancient times and used to treat several diseases, even though the mechanisms of action were unknown. During the last decades, research has demonstrated that those unique compounds express beneficial properties for human health. Each compound has peculiar properties (e.g., antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral activities, etc.) that can be exploited to enhance human health. Seaweed's extracted polysaccharides are already involved in the pharmaceutical industry, with the aim of replacing synthetic compounds with components of natural origin. This review aims at a better understanding of the recent uses of algae in drug development, with the scope of replacing synthetic compounds and the multiple biotechnological applications that make up seaweed's potential in industrial companies. Further research is needed to better understand the mechanisms of action of seaweed's compounds and to embrace the use of seaweeds in pharmaceutical companies and other applications, with the final scope being to produce sustainable and healthier products.
ISSN: 1660-3397
DOI: 10.3390/md20020141
Rights: openAccess
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