Seaweed benefits health with potential anti-biotic uses.
Our immune system operates as a very complex mechanism. Therefore, scientists spend years on researching and understanding how it works. A recent study shows that there is a massive overuse of antibiotics during the last century, which can be detrimental to our immune.
According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, our immune system is meant to fight various bacterial infections while antibiotics are also designed to kill them. This leads to some of them becoming more resilient and our natural ability to resist them can become weaker.
Therefore, researchers from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health are now working on a new generation of powerful antibiotics and recent results are quite promising.
A leader of the research, Dr Michiel Vos believes that combining ecology and evolutionary biology is the fastest way to confirm another of seaweed’s benefits: antimicrobial characteristics.
Why seaweed could be the new cure?
It was found out that algae has antimicrobial properties. What is more, according to one of the experiments conducted by the University of Exeter, seaweed antibiotics are said to be able to fight MRSA infection (or ‘superbug’). It is quite dangerous as it is resistant to a wide range of antibiotics.
In order to discover more and make official claims, a special research project will be developed in the near future. The new study will seek to discover what kind of sea vegetables are the most effective when it comes to medical benefits. What is more, as the natural environment becomes increasing known as a rich source of ingredients for pharmaceutical industry, the University of Exeter study will also attempt to find a new cost-effective way of testing natural products.
Studying seaweed ingredients for clinical effects is not new. Almost ten years ago an algae extract was said to improve immune system response to the flu vaccine.
It goes without saying that the 2015 research may have incredible global implications!