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Adv Food Nutr Res. 2011;64:417-27. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-387669-0.00032-6.

Osteoporosis treatment: marine algal compounds.

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Department of Chemistry, Pukyong National University, Busan, Republic of Korea.


Osteoporosis is one of the most common bone diseases that occur due to imbalance during bone formation and bone resorption. About half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture on the hip, wrist, or vertebra. Research and treatment of osteoporosis are challenging for researchers and physicians. There are several types of treatments for osteoporosis including most famous bisphosphonates, estrogen agonists/antagonists, parathyroid hormone, estrogen therapy, hormone therapy, and recently developed RANKL inhibition. In the recent days, much attention has been paid for marine algal extracts and compounds for osteoporosis treatment. In this chapter, we extensively deal with marine algae compounds and their rich mineral constituents for osteoporosis treatment.

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