In a new study, scientists have shown that a certain type of algae has positive effects on gastrointestinal problems associated with irritable bowel syndrome, such as diarrhea, flatulence, pain and bloating.
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is the most studied algae in the world. For decades, it has been used as a model for the development of biofuels or for studying the evolution of plants. While other algae are used in food supplements to provide vitamins, proteins and fiber, the health benefits of consuming Chlamydomonas reinhardtii have not yet been researched.
This is good for you
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego have shown in a new study that these algae can improve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome such as diarrhea, bloating and gas. The results of their work were published in the Journal of Functional Foods. “People have been observing this seaweed for decades, but this is the first study to show what many suspected: It’s good for you,” says Stephen Mayfield, lead author of the study.