Anti-Cancer Mechanism and Possibility of Nano-Suspension Formulation for a Marine Algae Product Fucoxanthin

  • Muthuirulappan, Srinivasan (Medicinal Chemistry and Nanoscience Research Laboratory, Centre for Research and Development, PRIST University) ;
  • Francis, Steffi Pulikodan (Medicinal Chemistry and Nanoscience Research Laboratory, Centre for Research and Development, PRIST University)
  • Published : 2013.04.30


Recently, use of natural products available from marine sources, and especially algae products, are receiving more attention. Scientific evidence for claimed nutraceutical and therapeutical effects of one such marine algae product, fucoxanthin, is discussed in this paper with a summary of the currently available literature regarding its antioxidant, anti-obesity and anticancer activities. It is safe for use in humans, but as it has poor solubility a nano-suspension mode of delivery may be adopted to improve efficacy of supplments. We conclude from ourliterature review that the marine algae product fucoxanthin has significant antioxidant, anti-obesity and anticancer activity with established mechanisms of action.


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