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Potential Use of Marine Seaweeds as Prebiotics: A Review

Laboratorio de Higiene Inspección y Control de Alimentos, Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 27002 Lugo, Spain
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Molecules 2020, 25(4), 1004; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25041004
Received: 16 December 2019 / Revised: 28 January 2020 / Accepted: 21 February 2020 / Published: 24 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Analytical Technology in Nutrition Analysis)
Human gut microbiota plays an important role in several metabolic processes and human diseases. Various dietary factors, including complex carbohydrates, such as polysaccharides, provide abundant nutrients and substrates for microbial metabolism in the gut, affecting the members and their functionality. Nowadays, the main sources of complex carbohydrates destined for human consumption are terrestrial plants. However, fresh water is an increasingly scarce commodity and world agricultural productivity is in a persistent decline, thus demanding the exploration of other sources of complex carbohydrates. As an interesting option, marine seaweeds show rapid growth and do not require arable land, fresh water or fertilizers. The present review offers an objective perspective of the current knowledge surrounding the impacts of seaweeds and their derived polysaccharides on the human microbiome and the profound need for more in-depth investigations into this topic. Animal experiments and in vitro colonic-simulating trials investigating the effects of seaweed ingestion on human gut microbiota are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: prebiotic; polysaccharides; seaweed; Rhodophyceae; Phaeophyceae; Chlorophyceae prebiotic; polysaccharides; seaweed; Rhodophyceae; Phaeophyceae; Chlorophyceae
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Lopez-Santamarina, A.; Miranda, J.M.; Mondragon, A.d.C.; Lamas, A.; Cardelle-Cobas, A.; Franco, C.M.; Cepeda, A. Potential Use of Marine Seaweeds as Prebiotics: A Review. Molecules 2020, 25, 1004. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25041004

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Lopez-Santamarina A, Miranda JM, Mondragon AdC, Lamas A, Cardelle-Cobas A, Franco CM, Cepeda A. Potential Use of Marine Seaweeds as Prebiotics: A Review. Molecules. 2020; 25(4):1004. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25041004

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Lopez-Santamarina, Aroa, Jose Manuel Miranda, Alicia del Carmen Mondragon, Alexandre Lamas, Alejandra Cardelle-Cobas, Carlos Manuel Franco, and Alberto Cepeda. 2020. "Potential Use of Marine Seaweeds as Prebiotics: A Review" Molecules 25, no. 4: 1004. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25041004

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