Seaweed kills cancer cells and HIV virus
Fiji Seaweed Yields Potential New Pharmaceuticals
Plants found on coral reef are source of new molecular structures
Atlanta (October 12, 2005) — Researchers have discovered 10 new molecular structures with pharmaceutical potential in a species of red seaweed that lives in the shallow coral reef along the coastline of Fiji in the south Pacific Ocean.
Some of these natural compounds showed the potential to kill cancer cells, bacteria and the HIV virus, according to research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, two of them exhibit anti-bacterial activity towards antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at concentrations worth pursuing, though researchers don’t know yet whether the concentrations of the compounds required to kill the bacterium would be harmful to humans.
NB: The Wachters' Blend of Sea Vegetation includes the full color spectrum of seaweeds, including the red species.
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Created: Thursday December 7, 2006 12:50pm