TAIPEI, Taiwan — A substance derived from brown algae has been found to be an anti-tumor agent capable of reducing inflammation and controlling the proliferation of cancerous cells, a researcher with the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) said yesterday.
Huang Pei-an, who works at the institute under the Council of Agriculture, said fucoidan derived from brown algae — ordinary seaweed common in waters around Taiwan that is traditionally collected for processing into animal feeds — has high economic potential if processed into drugs or health and dietary supplements.
In addition to its anti-tumor and anti-inflammation properties, the fucoidan extracted from brown algae has been found in tests to be an active component that can promote collagen synthesis in 24 hours, making it a great candidate for use in collagen masks or wound dressings, Huang said.
The Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries Program Office (BPIPO) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs is scheduled to make a formal announcement Friday to unveil the findings of the research conducted by the FRI as well as by the Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substance Research Institute (TACTSRI) under the Council of Agriculture.
TACTSRI researchers have also discovered in previous lab work that fucoidan is effective in controlling liver cancer and lung cancer, the BPIPO said.
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