Sargassum has suffered from a bad reputation for a few years due to it frequently washing ashore in large volumes on the coasts of the West Indies causing pollution and health risks when it decomposes.
However, a variety originating from Japan and Korea, Sargassum horneri, seems to have beneficial effects for health, in particular acting on the lipidic metabolism. An isolated molecule of a Sargassum horneri extract may, among other things, reduce intracellular lipidic accumulation. This extract could be used as a hyoplipidaemic agent for patients suffering from obesity.
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