A research team from the University of Santo Tomas determined that seaweed has properties that serves as a treatment to cancer and inflammation.
Accordingly, Ross D. Vasquez, administrator of the University of Santo Tomas Laboratory Equipment and Supplies Office (LESO) said that “her team is conducting a research about marine polysaccharides, like carageenans and fucoidan, and we are looking for a local counterpart of the very expensive fucoidan, which is well-known for anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.”
As cited in the report of Business World, “study found out that seaweed used in pukpuklo was found to be toxic to cancer cells.”
Apart from being a treatment, study shown that the seaweed has also a property that is responsible for skin aging. Also, Sulfated polysaccharide, a property which is found in the seaweed and similar to fucoidan, is said to be antitumor, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating properties.
The research team is composed of Ms Varquez as the team leader, and with Ariane Marie G. Bayro and Mary Jho-Anne T. Corpuz.
Moreover, findings regarding seaweed as treatment to cancer, need to be validated through series of testing in animals and humans.
The research is receiving various proposals from business investors to market seaweeds as an anti-cancer product.
The seaweed,local delicacy of Cagayan Province, does not only serves as food but also contributes various health benefits.
However, “Mr. Vasquez clarified that the anticancer and anti-ageing benefits of pukpuklo can only be accessed once processed, and not when eaten as food”.