A pilot study: Effects of kombu intake on lifestyle-related diseases -possibility that kombu intake is effective in individuals with abnormally high serum triglyceride levels

Shin Nishiumi, Yoshihiro Izumi, Takashi Kobayashi, Masaru Yoshida

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Abstract

In Japan, kombu (Laminaria japonica), a type of seaweed, has been consumed for centuries. It contains a variety of active compounds such as minerals, vitamins, and dietary fiber. The aim of this human pilot study is to investigate the effects of kombu on lifestyle-related diseases. The study had a randomized crossover design, and the subjects (N=48) freely took 6 g of roasted kombu a day for 4 weeks. The subjects' responses to the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale questionnaire suggested that the frequent intake of kombu may lead to the relief of constipation, diarrhea, and hard stools. In addition, blood tests indicated the possibility that the frequent intake of kombu can decrease the serum triglyceride levels of subjects with abnormally high serum triglyceride levels. Kombu intake might lead to relief from intestinal ailments and improvements in hypertriglyceridemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-834
Number of pages8
JournalFood Science and Technology Research
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing

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