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Microalgae as a healthy ingredient for functional food: A review


Microalgae are a very interesting and valuable natural source of highly valuable bioactive compounds, such as vitamins, essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, carotenoids, enzymes and fiberfibre. Due to its potential, microalgae have become one of the most promising and innovative sources for new food and functional products., that Moreover, microalgae can be used as functional ingredients in order to enhance the nutritional value of foods and, thus hence, to favourably affecting favourably human health by improving the well-being and quality of life, but also decreasing curtailing diseases and illness risks. This review provides an overview of the current knowledge of the health benefits associated to microalgae consumption, bioactive compounds, functional ingredients, and foods.

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The article was received on 15 Mar 2017, accepted on 09 May 2017 and first published on 10 May 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7FO00409E
Citation: Food Funct., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Microalgae as a healthy ingredient for functional food: A review

    J. Matos, C. Cardoso, N. M. Bandarra and C. Afonso, Food Funct., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7FO00409E

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