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Hawaiian seaweed could combat arthritis

Researchers investigating underwater ‘nuisance’ seaweed that is attacking and even bleaching Hawaiian coral reefs have found chemicals in the plant that could, when refined, beat arthritis.

The marine plant was found to contain ‘cyanobacteria’, a chemical that could counteract inflammation the Scrips Institution of Oceanography in California told the Daily Express.

Leptolyngbya - the name given to the Hawaiian native plant - was found to generate natural components known as honaucins which possess anti-inflammatory properties and bacteria controlling elements.

William Gerwick, a professor involved in the research said: “In different arenas these compounds could be helpful, such as treating chronic inflammatory conditions for which we currently don’t have really good medicines.”

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