Marine Nutraceuticals

Marine Nutraceuticals are gaining much attention as a gold mine of biologically active materials with healing power. Most of these metabolites have shown unique structural and functional features compared to their terrestrial counterparts. With the understanding of the requirement and the benefits of nutraceutical supplementation to prevent increasing incidences of life-style-related diseases, marine nutraceuticals has gained high demands worldwide. Among large number of marine nutraceuticals, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, chitin oligosaccharides, glucosamine, collagen, and fucoidan are popularly consumed. This chapter presents a brief review of the beneficial effects of these marine nutraceuticals and their market positioning. Moreover, the need for research and development in this area to overcome the market challenges is also discussed.


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