Based on our own and current literature data, we analyzed the prebiotic properties of polysaccharides and extracts of seaweeds. The role of prebiotics, particularly polysaccharides, in the normalization of intestinal microflora is discussed; consideration is also given to the possibility of seaweed polysaccharide fermentation by colonic microflora and selective stimulation of the growth of colonic bifidobacteria. This review also analyzes other useful properties of seaweed polysaccharides and discusses the prospects for inclusion of seaweed polysaccharides in the composition of functional nutrition products for the purposes of correcting intestinal bacterial disorders and inflammatory processes and normalizing the immune and metabolic status.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 5, 2014
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