Some researchers from the University
of Stirling suggest that the fatty acids obtained from algae can be used to
oceans covering the earth still remain a mystery as to what exactly remains
covered within the deep waters. One of the areas of interest has been to find
if the flora and fauna from the oceans have any medicinal properties. Several
positive findings have been made in this regard.
Among the marine plants, algae have been used for
their nutritive as well as their medicinal properties. Algae
are rich in
protein, vitamins and minerals. Besides, they are also used as a gelling agent
in different foods. They also have a number of potential uses in medicine,
which are being researched.
Algae have recently been suggested to have a
possible use in the treatment of acne
by scientists from the University of Stirling. Acne
a common problem in youth, is caused by a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes
Algae contain certain fatty acids, some of which have been found to be useful
Some fatty acids have been
found to kill the Propionibacterium
bacteria, and also possibly prevent its growth.
These include fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid
eicosapentanoic acid and dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid. Algae produce some of
these fatty acids. Thus, an ointment that could contain such fatty acids could help
to deal with the problem of acne.
The treatment of acne may not be as simple as applying a seaweed
to your face.
The fatty acids
need to be extracted and then packaged into an ointment. Thus, it could take
some time before such a preparation is available. But it could be an
alternative to some of the very toxic medications of acne.