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Mar Drugs. 2011;9(5):803-18. doi: 10.3390/md9050803. Epub 2011 May 10.

Neuroprotective effects of marine algae.

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Marine Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737, Korea.

Abstract

The marine environment is known as a rich source of chemical structures with numerous beneficial health effects. Among marine organisms, marine algae have been identified as an under-exploited plant resource, although they have long been recognized as valuable sources of structurally diverse bioactive compounds. Presently, several lines of studies have provided insight into biological activities and neuroprotective effects of marine algae including antioxidant, anti-neuroinflammatory, cholinesterase inhibitory activity and the inhibition of neuronal death. Hence, marine algae have great potential to be used for neuroprotection as part of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and functional foods. This contribution presents an overview of marine algal neuroprotective effects and their potential application in neuroprotection.

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marine algae; neuroprotection; neuroprotective

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21673890
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PMC3111183
DOI:
10.3390/md9050803
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