Microalgae: a valuable source of natural carotenoids with potential health benefits

Ahmed, Faruq, Fanning, Kent, Schuhmann, Holger, Netzel, Michael and Schenk, Peer M. (2013). Microalgae: a valuable source of natural carotenoids with potential health benefits. In Masayoshi Yamaguchi (Ed.), Carotenoids: Food Sources, Production and Health Benefits (pp. 143-164) Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

Author Ahmed, Faruq
Fanning, Kent
Schuhmann, Holger
Netzel, Michael
Schenk, Peer M.
Title of chapter Microalgae: a valuable source of natural carotenoids with potential health benefits
Title of book Carotenoids: Food Sources, Production and Health Benefits
Place of Publication Hauppauge, NY, USA
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Chapter in reference work, encyclopaedia, manual or handbook
Open Access Status
Series Nutrition and Diet Research Progress Series
ISBN 9781628086225
9781628086256
Editor Masayoshi Yamaguchi
Chapter number 7
Start page 143
End page 164
Total pages 22
Total chapters 16
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Carotenoids are receiving increased attention in recent years due to their ability to act as antioxidants and their potential role in preventing the development of different degenerative diseases and health conditions in humans, including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy and cardiovascular problems. Microalgae can produce large amounts of a wide variety of carotenoids, including β-carotene, astaxanthin, lutein, canthaxanthin, violaxanthin and neoxanthin. Moreover, microalgae have the added benefit that they can be grown on nonarable land, avoiding competition with food production and precious biodiverse landscapes. Several microalgae strains are currently being used commercially for production of astaxanthin and β-carotene and research is ongoing to optimise production of other commercially important carotenoids. This book chapter will review the recent advances in the production of carotenoids from microalgae, the potential health benefits discovered by the use of carotenoids from microalgae, and the current status of biotechnological application of these compounds. The chapter will also discuss future direction of research to enhance our understanding of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathways in microalgae and the potential use of microalgae as nutraceuticals and food supplements.
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