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Bioactive compounds of sea cucumber can be used for therapeutic purposes

Species of animals are potential sources of healthy food and can assist in the development of new drugs

 
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Sea cucumbers are potential sources of healthy food and later may be used for therapeutic purposes. So say researchers at the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR), in Portugal, which recently conducted studies on five species of the animal.

Many years ago, the sea cucumbers are used as food in the Indo-Pacific and in folk medicine in Asia and the Middle East. These animals are increasingly sought after as food and source of bioactive compounds, not only in Asia but also in America, Australia and Europe.

Thus, a group of researchers CCMAR, conducted a study to assess the nutritional status of the species Holothuria arguinensis, H. mammata, H. polii, H. tubulosa and Eostichopus regalis and the antioxidant potential of the species H. arguinensis.

The composition of these species confirms the high nutritional value that the sea cucumbers are due to the high protein present in relation to low levels of lipid and, moreover, the fatty acid profile which has stands where the omega-3 PUFAs .

The bioactive detected also highlight the potential of sea cucumbers to contain valuable compounds for drug development that could serve as a source of functional foods, nutritional and pharmaceutical products.

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   Palavras-chave:   Animal    Sea cucumbers    Food    Healthy food    Bioactive compounds    Therapeutic purposes    Drugs    Medicines      
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