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Nagase, Others Find that Seaweed Polyphenol Detoxifies Intestines.

Tokyo, Japan, Mar 15, 2006 - (JCN) - Nagase recently announced its discovery of a unique property of phlorotannin, a kind of polyphenol derived from seaweed, in joint research with Kyoto University, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, and Meiji Pharmaceutical University.

In experiments on mice, the four partners confirmed that phlorotannin suppresses the activity of beta glucronidase, an enzyme that inhibits the detoxifying function of the body. Furthermore, phlorotannin helps increase the level of bifidobacteria in the intestines. Accordingly, researchers have concluded that the intake of phlorotannin may play a role in preventing colon cancer.

Details of the research will be announced at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, to be held March 28-30 in Sendai.

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