Marine Nutraceuticals: Prospects and Perspectives

Se-Kwon Kim

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March 25, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 464 Pages - 79 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466513518 - CAT# K14958
Series: Nutraceuticals

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Features

  • Discusses the marine habitat as a source for novel nutraceutical substances
  • Examines the current status and future potential of natural marine compounds
  • Describes health-promoting effects of marine-derived bioactive agents
  • Explores marine-based nutraceuticals for obesity and diabetes
  • Addresses various marine-derived nutraceuticals, including phenolics, astaxanthin, fucosterol, proteins, and more
  • Written by leading experts from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, and Canada

Summary

There is a great deal of consumer interest in natural bioactive substances due to their health benefits. Offering the potential to provide valuable nutraceuticals and functional food ingredients, marine-derived compounds are an abundant source of nutritionally and pharmacologically active agents, with both chemical diversity and complexity. Functional ingredients derived from marine algae, invertebrates, vertebrates, and microorganisms can help fill the need for novel bioactives to treat chronic conditions such as cancer, microbial infections, and inflammatory processes.

With contributions from an international group of experts, Marine Nutraceuticals: Prospects and Perspectives provides a comprehensive account of marine-derived nutraceuticals and their potential health benefits. These include antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, anticoagulant, antidiabetic, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antibacterial, and radioprotective properties. The book focuses on various types of marine-derived compounds—such as secondary metabolites like phlorotannins and fucoxanthin, carotenoid pigments, chito-oligosaccharide derivatives from chitin and chitosan, bioactive peptides, and polysaccharides—presenting an overview of their nutraceutical activities.

Chapters address neuroprotecive properties of seaweeds, bioactive compounds in abalone, marine products and autoimmune disease, chitosan for weight management, anticancer actions of omega-3 fatty acids, chitosan in dentistry, and much more. The book discusses the sources, isolation and purification, chemistry, functional interactions, applications, and industrial perspectives of marine-derived nutraceuticals. The inaugural book in the new CRC Press series, Nutraceuticals: Basic Research/Clinical Applications, it provides a state-of-the-art reference for all readers interested in this growing field—a rich source for new compounds with promising uses in the nutraceutical, medicinal, and functional food industries.