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Special Issue "Marine Health Compounds: From Extraction to Food and Pharmaceutical Application"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Ay. Dr./Ass. Prof. Francisco J. Barba

Preventive Medicine and Public Health Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Avda. Vicent Andrés Estellés, s/n, 46100 Burjassot (Valencia)
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Interests: bioactive compounds; food additives; nutrients; innovative green extraction processes (electrotechnologies, high pressure, enzymes, SC-CO2, microwaves, ultrasound); product development; sensorial analysis; antioxidant
Guest Editor
Prof. Jose Manuel Lorenzo

Centro Tecnologico de la Carne de Galicia, Ourense, Spain
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Interests: bioactive compounds; nutritional value; new products; sensorial analysis; antioxidants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Legislative issues and the growing awareness of consumers in preservatives of natural origin has increased food and pharmaceutical industry interest in marine high-added value compounds (e.g., macro and micronutrients, bioactive compounds, etc.). Conventional extraction techniques have been traditionally used to obtain oils and high-added value compounds from marine products. However, there are some inherent drawbacks, such as low extraction yields, use of toxic solvents, long extraction times, which should be avoided. Therefore, new innovative green extraction processes (ultrasound, microwaves, electrotechnologies, high pressure, SC-CO2, etc.) are required. Moreover, oil and extracts obtained from algae have an excellent nutritional and bioactive composition, thus being a useful strategy to be incorporated into different food matrices as they can have a favorable effect on both technological and functional properties of food products.

In this Special Issue, the Guest Editors would like to revisit the current researches done on bioactive compounds, fatty acids, vitamins, mineral, fiber, etc. obtained from marine natural products. We would also like to invite colleagues to submit articles on their current research on the incorporation of high-added value compounds obtained from marine natural products into food and pharmaceutical products.

Prof. Ay. Dr. Francisco J. Barba
Prof. Jose Manuel Lorenzo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Bioactive compounds
  • High-added value compounds
  • Antioxidant compounds
  • Fatty acids
  • New products
  • Green extraction

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Open AccessArticle Proximate Composition and Nutritional Value of Three Macroalgae: Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus and Bifurcaria bifurcata
Mar. Drugs 2017, 15(11), 360; doi:10.3390/md15110360
Received: 8 August 2017 / Revised: 7 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 November 2017 / Published: 15 November 2017
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Proximate composition (moisture, protein, lipid and ash content) and nutritional value (fatty acid, amino acid and mineral profile) of three macroalgae (Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus and Bifurcaria bifurcate) were studied. Chemical composition was significantly (p < 0.001) different among
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Proximate composition (moisture, protein, lipid and ash content) and nutritional value (fatty acid, amino acid and mineral profile) of three macroalgae (Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus and Bifurcaria bifurcate) were studied. Chemical composition was significantly (p < 0.001) different among the three seaweeds. In this regard, the B. bifurcata presented the highest fat content (6.54% of dry matter); whereas, F. vesiculosus showed the highest protein level (12.99% dry matter). Regarding fatty acid content, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) were the most abundant followed by saturated fatty acids (SFAs) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). On the other hand, the three seaweeds are a rich source of K (from 3781.35 to 9316.28 mg/100 g), Mn (from 8.28 to 1.96 mg/100 g), Na (from 1836.82 to 4575.71 mg/100 g) and Ca (from 984.73 to 1160.27 mg/100 g). Finally, the most abundant amino acid was glutamic acid (1874.47–1504.53 mg/100 dry matter), followed by aspartic acid (1677.01–800.84 mg/100 g dry matter) and alanine (985.40–655.73 mg/100 g dry matter). Full article

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