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Polyphenol-Rich Seaweeds Have Anti-Diabetic Effects

Extracts from edible seaweed, rich in polyphenols, may have anti-diabetic effects as a result of their ability to inhibit certain digestive enzymes.

Edible seaweeds contain a range of components with potential health benefits. They are good sources of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, plus the powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.

According to NutraIngredients:

“[Researchers] reported that recent ... information suggests that polyphenol rich extracts from edible seaweeds have potential anti-diabetic effects through the modulation of glucose-induced oxidative stress, and inhibition of starch-digestive enzymes such as alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase.”

The seaweeds also were shown to inhibit proliferation of cultured colon cancer cells.

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