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A Review of the Biological Activities of Microalgal Carotenoids and Their Potential Use in Healthcare and Cosmetic Industries

Department of Biotechnology, Sangmyung University, Seoul 03016, Korea
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Mar. Drugs 2018, 16(1), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/md16010026
Received: 17 November 2017 / Revised: 8 January 2018 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Marine Carotenoids)
Carotenoids are natural pigments that play pivotal roles in many physiological functions. The characteristics of carotenoids, their effects on health, and the cosmetic benefits of their usage have been under investigation for a long time; however, most reviews on this subject focus on carotenoids obtained from several microalgae, vegetables, fruits, and higher plants. Recently, microalgae have received much attention due to their abilities in producing novel bioactive metabolites, including a wide range of different carotenoids that can provide for health and cosmetic benefits. The main objectives of this review are to provide an updated view of recent work on the health and cosmetic benefits associated with carotenoid use, as well as to provide a list of microalgae that produce different types of carotenoids. This review could provide new insights to researchers on the potential role of carotenoids in improving human health. View Full-Text
Keywords: carotenoids; microalgae; anti-angiogenic; cardioprotective activity; anti-cancer; anti-diabetic; anti-inflammatory; anti-obesity; anti-oxidant; beauty carotenoids; microalgae; anti-angiogenic; cardioprotective activity; anti-cancer; anti-diabetic; anti-inflammatory; anti-obesity; anti-oxidant; beauty
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Sathasivam, R.; Ki, J.-S. A Review of the Biological Activities of Microalgal Carotenoids and Their Potential Use in Healthcare and Cosmetic Industries. Mar. Drugs 2018, 16, 26.

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