In this day and age, we need to eat not only because it tastes good, but also because of added health benefits. Abalone fulfils both of these requirements and is actually deemed a nutraceutical. A nutraceutical is a term coined in 1989 and is a “food, or parts of a food, that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease”.
In Suleria et al’s scientific paper (referenced below) the researchers investigate abalone as a source of bioactive molecules for therapeutic application. They found that abalone specifically, has a variety of important bioactive molecules including polysaccharides, proteins and fatty acids. These molecules are believed to provide anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and anti-microbial activities! Other research published adds anti-aging, anti-arthritic and anti-hypertensive to this already impressive list of health benefits. What better way to improve your health and boost your immune system than to eat delicious abalone?
- A. R. Suleria, P. P. Masci, G. C. Gobe & S. A. Osborne (2017) Therapeutic
potential of abalone and status of bioactive molecules: A comprehensive review, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 57:8, 1742-1748, DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1031726
To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2015.1031726