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Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2017 May 24;57(8):1742-1748. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1031726.

Therapeutic potential of abalone and status of bioactive molecules: A comprehensive review.

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a Centre for Kidney Disease Research, Translational Research Institute, School of Medicine, University of Queensland , Brisbane , Australia.
b CSIRO Agriculture Flagship , St. Lucia , Australia.


Marine organisms are increasingly being investigated as sources of bioactive molecules with therapeutic applications as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. In particular, nutraceuticals are gaining popularity worldwide owing to their therapeutic potential and incorporation in functional foods and dietary supplements. Abalone, a marine gastropod, contains a variety of bioactive compounds with anti-oxidant, anti-thrombotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer activities. For thousands of years different cultures have used abalone as a traditional functional food believing consumption provides health benefits. Abalone meat is one of the most precious commodities in Asian markets where it is considered a culinary delicacy. Recent research has revealed that abalone is composed of many vital moieties like polysaccharides, proteins, and fatty acids that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. A review of past and present research is presented with relevance to the therapeutic potential of bioactive molecules from abalone.


Marine foods; abalone and drug discovery; nutraceuticals

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