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High-Value Components and Bioactives from Sea Cucumbers for Functional Foods—A Review
Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor 43400, Malaysia
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan
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Received: 3 August 2011; in revised form: 30 August 2011 / Accepted: 8 September 2011 / Published: 10 October 2011
Abstract: Sea cucumbers, belonging to the class Holothuroidea, are marine invertebrates, habitually found in the benthic areas and deep seas across the world. They have high commercial value coupled with increasing global production and trade. Sea cucumbers, informally named as bêche-de-mer, or gamat, have long been used for food and folk medicine in the communities of Asia and Middle East. Nutritionally, sea cucumbers have an impressive profile of valuable nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), and minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. A number of unique biological and pharmacological activities including anti-angiogenic, anticancer, anticoagulant, anti-hypertension, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antithrombotic, antitumor and wound healing have been ascribed to various species of sea cucumbers. Therapeutic properties and medicinal benefits of sea cucumbers can be linked to the presence of a wide array of bioactives especially triterpene glycosides (saponins), chondroitin sulfates, glycosaminoglycan (GAGs), sulfated polysaccharides, sterols (glycosides and sulfates), phenolics, cerberosides, lectins, peptides, glycoprotein, glycosphingolipids and essential fatty acids. This review is mainly designed to cover the high-value components and bioactives as well as the multiple biological and therapeutic properties of sea cucumbers with regard to exploring their potential uses for functional foods and nutraceuticals.
Keywords: sea cucumber bioactives; antioxidant nutrients; triterpene glycosides; glycosaminoglycan; functional peptides; biological activities; medicinal health functions
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Bordbar, S.; Anwar, F.; Saari, N. High-Value Components and Bioactives from Sea Cucumbers for Functional Foods—A Review. Mar. Drugs 2011, 9, 1761-1805.
Bordbar S, Anwar F, Saari N. High-Value Components and Bioactives from Sea Cucumbers for Functional Foods—A Review. Marine Drugs. 2011; 9(10):1761-1805.
Bordbar, Sara; Anwar, Farooq; Saari, Nazamid. 2011. "High-Value Components and Bioactives from Sea Cucumbers for Functional Foods—A Review." Mar. Drugs 9, no. 10: 1761-1805.