Seaweed in Health and Disease Prevention presents the potential usage of seaweed, macroalgae, and their extracts for enhancing health and disease. The book explores the possibilities in a comprehensive way, including outlining how seaweed can be used as a source of macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as nutraceuticals. The commercial value of seaweed for human consumption is increasing year-over-year, and some countries harvest several million tons annually. This text lays out the properties and effects of seaweeds and their use in the food industry, offering a holistic view of the ability of seaweed to impact or effect angiogenesis, tumors, diabetes and glucose control, oxidative stress, fungal infections, inflammation and infection, the gut, and the liver.
- Combines foundational information and nutritional context, offering a holistic approach to the relationship between sea vegetables, diet, nutrition, and health
- Provides comprehensive coverage of health benefits, including sea vegetables as sources of nutraceuticals and their specific applications in disease prevention, such as angiogenesis, diabetes, fungal infections, and others
- Includes Dictionary of Terms, Key Facts, and Summary points in each chapter to enhance comprehension
- Includes information on toxic varieties and safe consumption guidelines to supplement basic coverage of health benefits
Chapter 1. Algae: A Way of Life and Health
Chapter 2. Society and Seaweed: Understanding the Past and Present
Chapter 3. Biology of Seaweeds
Chapter 4. Macroalgae Systematics
Chapter 5. Seaweeds as Food
Chapter 6. Seaweed and Alcohol: Biofuel or Booze?
Chapter 7. Lipids, Fatty Acids, Glycolipids, and Phospholipids
Chapter 8. Carbohydrates From Seaweeds
Chapter 9. Proteins and Pigments
Chapter 10. Seaweeds in Human Health
Chapter 11. Medicinal Properties: Antibiotic, Tonic, and Antiparasitic Properties
Chapter 12. Antiallergic Properties
Chapter 13. Toxic and Harmful Seaweeds
Chapter 14. Seaweed Application in Cosmetics
Dr. Joël Fleurence, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marine Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Nantes. He is one of the two Directors of the Research Laboratory "Sea, Molecules, Health. He is a member of the University National Council since 2007 and was elected President of the section "Biology of organisms since 2017. He is a senior scientist and an international expert on the seaweed valorization (120 international publications including patents). In 1985, he began his research career in the pharmaceutical industry in the French Company Roussel Uclaf. In 1990, he was recruited by the Institute of Valorization of Seaweeds (CEVA, Brittany, France) to lead researches about the chemical composition and nutritional properties of macroalgae. Professor Fleurence has participated in the establishment of the French regulation on marine algae used as sea vegetables. In 1994, he arrives as a head of laboratory "Proteins and Quality at IFREMER (Research French Organism for the Sea Exploitation) and develops research on the nutritional properties of seaweed protein for use in human or animal food. Since 2002, he is a Professor at the University of Nantes and leads research on the development of seaweed uses as protein or pigment sources for the industry.
Dr. Ira A. Levine, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor of natural and applied sciences at the University of Southern Maine, President and Board Chair of the Algae Foundation, Executive Director of Professors Beyond Borders, and the CEO of Algal Aquaculture Professionals, LLC. Dr. Levine was: selected as the Trustee Professor of University of Southern Maine for 2017-18. He was awarded the U.S. State Department's distinguished Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2009-10 and Chair Fulbright in 2016-17. He was a visiting Professor of biology at Duke University in 2007-08. Dr. Levine combines 33 years of basic and applied research in physiological ecology and cultivation of algae, algal farm management, and aquaculture engineering. His farming experience includes open-ocean and pond cultivation in Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and USA (Hawaii, Florida, and Maine). Current efforts include algal cultivar enhancement for biofeeds, human nutraceuticals, and cosmeceuticals, fine chemicals, and algal-based biofuels.