The new products from brown seaweeds: Fucoxanthin and phlorotannins

Xiaojun Yan*, Jinrong Zhang, Shan He, Wei Cui, Fengzheng Gao

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The brown seaweed industry has been established to produce three major traditional products including alginate, mannitol and iodine, however, is facing challenges to expand more product profiles. The innovation of the brown seaweed industry has been extended to minor bioactive compounds, such as fucoxanthin and phlorotannins, by using integrated processing. In recent years, a new process to stepwisely isolate fucoxanthin and phlorotannins from crude alcohol extracts of brown seaweeds has been successfully established at commercial scale. In addition, fucoxanthin has been reported as a promising dietary supplement in preventing Alzheimer disease, while phlorotannins can be used as plant biostimulant. This chapter introduces the green processing technology for fucoxanthin and phlorotannins production from brown seaweeds and supports the planning of future R&D strategies and industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Global Resources of Seaweeds Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationFood, Pharmaceutical and Health Applications
EditorsAmbati Ranga Rao, Gokare A. Ravishankar
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783030921743
ISBN (Print)9783030921736
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2022


  • Bioactive compounds
  • Brown seaweed industry
  • Fucoxanthin
  • Green processing technology
  • Phlorotannins


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