British researchers are studying the possible disease fighting effects of seaweed
Researchers participating in a four-year, nearly $9 million research program are looking into the disease fighting elements of seaweed. Scientists from Cardiff and Swansea Universities in the United Kingdom have already found that alginates – chemical components in seaweed – can help combat multi-drug resistant infections. But they have not yet been used to fight infectious diseases, which this new study aims to determine.
Alginates such as laverbread have been used as gelling agents in food and in the healthcare industry for years, but researchers will now be looking for more real world applications. Scientists from these two UK universities are among a network of researchers involved in this multi-year project which is being funded primarily by AlgiPharma AS, a Norwegian biopharmaceutical company. The company has received grant funding from different sources, such as the European Union, the Norwegian Research Council and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of the U.S.
The leader of the project, Professor David Thomas from Cardiff University's school of dentistry, said this area of research is particularly exciting. In a statement, he talked about how this line of work will help prove how humans are able to derive materials from the natural world, use them to modify bacterial behavior and alter the structure of mucus in collections of bacteria in patients who suffer from lung diseases.
Using the new information on how alginates work, the scientists are working on a new inhalation therapy that will be tested on those who suffer from cystic fibrosis, with the aim of helping them breathe easier. This study is paving the way for more natural elements such as seaweed to be used in the treatment of hard-to-cure diseases.
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