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Hawaii seaweed is new hope for arthritis

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A pill made from seaweed that grows on the coral reefs in Hawaii could help treat the pain of arthritis, according to new research.

A chemical released from the seaweed that cause coral to go white, also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, according to new research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, published in the May edition of the journal Chemistry & Biology.

The coral seaweed produces a natural chemical called honaucins, which has both potent anti-inflammation and bacteria-controlling properties.

Further research is being carried out on this compound as a possible use for controlling painful joint inflammation caused by arthritis.

 

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