Saturday, November 12, 2016

CHITIN AND YOUR HEALTH

Eating insects is important for more than getting complete proteins; it is also valuable in providing chitin, the exexskeleton of insects and lobsters. Chitin is an antioxidant that may therapeutic effects as stated below:

BenefitAdv Food Nutr Res. 2014. Antioxidant effects of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives. Chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives are considered to promote diverse activities, including antioxidant, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antitumor and anticancer, antimicrobial, hypocholesterolemic, and antidiabetic effects, one of the most crucial of which is the antioxidant effect. By modulating and improving physiological functions, chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives may provide novel therapeutic applications for the prevention or treatment of chronic diseases. Antioxidant activity of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives can be attributed to in vitro and in vivo free radical-scavenging activities. Antioxidant effect of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives may be used as functional ingredients in food formulations to promote consumer health and to improve the shelf life of food produ

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