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Fucoidan Extracted from Undaria pinnatifida: Source for Nutraceuticals/Functional Foods

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Life and Environment Science College, Shanghai Normal University, 100 Guilin Road, Shanghai 200234, China
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School of Science, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, China
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School of Interprofessional Health Studies, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Institute for Biomedical Technology, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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College of Life and Marine Sciences, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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College of Food Engineering and Nutrition Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, China
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Mar. Drugs 2018, 16(9), 321; https://doi.org/10.3390/md16090321
Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 4 September 2018 / Accepted: 8 September 2018 / Published: 9 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pre-Clinical Marine Drug Discovery)
The importance of fucoidan as a functional ingredient in food, health products, and pharmaceutics is well-recognized due to its beneficial biological effects. Fucoidan is usually extracted from brown seaweeds, including Undaria pinnatifida. Fucoidan exhibits beneficial bio-activity and has antioxidant, anticancer, and anticoagulant properties. This review focuses on the biological activity of U. pinnatifida-derived fucoidan and investigates its structure–activity or fraction–activity relationship. It also describes several fucoidan extracts, along with their claimed anticancer effects. It aims to provide information and thoughts for future research such as the development of fucoidan into functional foods or nutraceuticals. View Full-Text
Keywords: fucoidan; chemical composition; molecular weight; locations; fucose; sulphate; nutraceutical fucoidan; chemical composition; molecular weight; locations; fucose; sulphate; nutraceutical
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Zhao, Y.; Zheng, Y.; Wang, J.; Ma, S.; Yu, Y.; White, W.L.; Yang, S.; Yang, F.; Lu, J. Fucoidan Extracted from Undaria pinnatifida: Source for Nutraceuticals/Functional Foods. Mar. Drugs 2018, 16, 321.

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