Seaweed isn't just for the fish

Coffs Coast Advocate/Suzanne Plunkett

SEAWEED could soon be used to boost immune systems, after a Southern Cross University study into a seaweed extract found it has a positive effect on the immune system and reduces inflammation markers in the body.

The research, by a group led by Professor Stephen Myers, director of the Southern Cross University NatMed research centre, found that a formulation containing a blend of extracts from three different species of seaweed (brown algae) plus nutrients primed the immune system in a beneficial way.

“These are exciting preliminary findings and warrant a more extensive study to validate this activity,” Prof. Myers said.

“The seaweed extract is an exciting natural product produced by Marinova, an Australian biotech company based in Tasmania which specialises in developing medicinal products from marine algae,” Professor Myers said.

The study will be presented at the International Evidence-based Complementary Medicine Conference in Armidale from March 13 to 15.

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