MAIN ACTIVE ELEMENTS AND THEIR PROPERTIES (Unit of measurement: mg/100g)
A number of studies have shown that fucano has pharmacological properties. In particular the sulphur-containing glycans present in algae are thought to be anti-coagulant, like heparin and have antibiotic properties.
This glycan is a polymer made up of two different units (D-mannuronic and L-galuronic acids). In terms of its structure it is very similar to pectin. In contact with water it forms a gel whose viscosity depends on the concentration of ficocolloids, the pH and the presence of electrolytes. In an acid environment, like the stomach, the sodium alginate forms a dense colloidal gel which acts to form a gastric coating. Besides this, its calorific value is practically zero. Since the digestive enzymes are not able to break it up, alginic acid is considered, to all intents and purposes, a fibre which favours intestinal transit.
Undaria pinnatifida, besides being considered the most useful alga in the improvement of the condition of the SKIN, NAILS AND HAIR, is also an excellent remedy for those who suffer from GASTRITIS OR ULCERS.