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Title: An Overview to the Health Benefits of Seaweeds Consumption
Authors: Lomartire, Silvia 
Marques, João Carlos 
Gonçalves, Ana M. M. 
Keywords: seaweeds; bioactive compounds; human health; pharmaceutical application; nutraceutical application
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2021
Publisher: MDPI AG
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 
University of Coimbra - contract IT057-18-7253 
Serial title, monograph or event: Marine Drugs
Volume: 19
Issue: 6
Abstract: Currently, seaweeds are gaining major attention due to the benefits they give to our health. Recent studies demonstrate the high nutritional value of seaweeds and the powerful properties that seaweeds' bioactive compounds provide. Species of class Phaeophyceae, phylum Rhodophyta and Chlorophyta possess unique compounds with several properties that are potential allies of our health, which make them valuable compounds to be involved in biotechnological applications. In this review, the health benefits given by consumption of seaweeds as whole food or by assumption of bioactive compounds trough natural drugs are highlighted. The use of seaweeds in agriculture is also highlighted, as they assure soils and crops free from chemicals; thus, it is advantageous for our health. The addition of seaweed extracts in food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and industrial companies will enhance the production and consumption/usage of seaweed-based products. Therefore, there is the need to implement the research on seaweeds, with the aim to identify more bioactive compounds, which may assure benefits to human and animal health.
ISSN: 1660-3397
DOI: 10.3390/md19060341
Rights: openAccess
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