Red Seaweed A Natural Aid To Prevent Cancer Growth


By Mae Chan

Red Seaweed is one of the oldest groups of eukaryotic algae. It is part of one of the largest phyla of algae, containing over 7,000 currently recognized species. A study found that red seaweed helps in slowing down the growth rate of mammary tumours, which researchers says displays the algae’s potential as a natural aid in cancer treatment.

K. alvarezii is an algae species cultivated for its nutrients and nutraceutical uses in South East Asia. It is an important source of kappa carrageenan, a hydrocolloid used as food additive — acting as a gelling, emulsifying, thickening and stabilising agent in both pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products.

As a food source, you come across seaweed as a wrapping for a sushi roll but perhaps never considered buying a bag of seaweed at the grocery store. If you do, such seaweed is filled with antioxidants, calcium and a broad range of vitamins too although seaweed’s best-known benefit is iodine — a nutrient that is missing in virtually every other food. Ensuring good levels of iodine helps maintain a healthy thyroid, that gland in your neck that assists in producing and regulating hormones.

The red seaweed has significant amounts of protein, vitamins, trace elements and a wide range of second metabolites not found in other organisms. Most importantly, it has antiproliferative properties or the ability to inhibit cell growth. (Click to Article)

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