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Seaweed contains anti-cancer compounds
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Seaweed contains anti-cancer compounds

Numerous international studies have showed that some kinds of seaweed extracts are able to influence cancerous diseases.

One of the best known studies is from Brazil Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and scientists from this university discovered polysaccharides in seaweed Sargassum vulgare, which inhibited the process of some tumor angiogenesis, especially tumor development caused by them new blood vessels growth.

It was discovered that these ingredients also inhibit the HeLa cell line. HeLa cells are a species discovered in Henrietta Lacks body in 1951.

Malaysian University Putra researchers also confirmed these results. This study presented that the red seaweed Eucheuma cottonii and extracts of grass Morks terminated the breast cancer spread even better than the tamoxifen. The study was performed on mice. The study also presented that there are no adverse or negative effects on the kidneys and liver whatsoever.

Anti-carcinogenic influence of seaweed proved to be successful in human studies as well. In February, Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi researchers claimed that zeaxanthin along with other carotenoids from seaweed extremely lowers the risk of cancer with Japanese adults.

 Researchers at Japan’s Kyushu Universit also proved the fact that when human breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 are treated with fucoids extracted from brown seaweed – the cancer cell growth was stopped.

Another fucoids effect was also discovered and that would be the ability of this compound to change the mitochondria and membrane of cancer cells, as well as to change the ion flow through the membrane.

This goes on the account og the release of cytochrome C BD-2 towards the eradication of cancer cells.

South Korea’s College of Veterinary Medicine researchers have found that fucoids inhibit A549 metastasis of colon cancer. A549 cells are one of the most aggressive kinds of colon cancer cells. The process seen in this study is that fucoid reduces MMP-2 cancer cell activity.

The researchers discovered that fucoids represent a potential therapeutic product against the metastasis of human colon cancer.

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