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Title: Seaweeds’ nutraceutical and biomedical potential in cancer therapy: a concise review
Authors: Cotas, João 
Pacheco, Diana
Gonçalves, Ana M. M. 
Silva, Paulo
Carvalho, Loïc G.
Pereira, Leonel 
Keywords: Seaweed compounds; nutraceutical; bioactive molecules; cancer prevention; cancer treatment
Issue Date: 2021
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
Volume: 7
Abstract: Seaweeds have been a food source since ancient times (600 BC) and are still widely used in Asia, mainly in traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese folk medicine. Nowadays, seaweed compounds and extracts have been gaining interest from the biomedical and pharmaceutical market sectors. Seaweeds have been referenced as feasible solutions in finding new potential compounds and therapies in prevention, control, and reduction of cancer development due to the multirole of some bioactive components (e.g, phenolic compounds and sulphated polysaccharides). Moreover, seaweeds are rich in important health-promoting molecules [such as poly and highly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs and HUFAs), essential amino acids, vitamins, and dietary fibers] and minerals (calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and fluoride). In this review, the potential therapeutic effects of seaweed in the prevention and treatment of cancer are approached, as well as nutraceutical properties of seaweed to promote cell homeostasis.
ISSN: 2454-2857
DOI: 10.20517/2394-4722.2020.134
Rights: openAccess
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