Why seaweed might prevent bowel disease: A compound in high quantities has vital role

[UK] Could seaweed pills help keep your gut healthy? That’s the thinking behind a new UK study.

It’s known that populations around the world who eat large amounts of seaweed have lower incidences of bowel disorders. It’s thought that a compound found in high quantities in seaweed, known as alginate, has a vital role.

Birmingham University researchers will give 16 healthy people a daily alginate capsule for a month and monitor changes in gut health.

It is believed alginate’s protective effect is a result of it binding to iron in the gut – unabsorbed iron causes inflammation and changes in gut bacteria, which increase the risk of bowel disease.

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