Alaska’s sea cucumbers show promise fighting cancer

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  • Author: Laine Welch
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Parastichopus californicus, or the California sea cucumber, the commercial species of sea cucumber earned in Southeast Alaska (NOAA)

Alaska sea cucumber divers may help correct cancer.

Sea cucumber meat and skins have long been about a delicacy in Asian cuisines; some believe it can sooth sore honky-tonks and arthritis pain. Most recently, the soft, tubular bottom dwellers are being added to the beadroll of foods that may kill cancer cells.

Dried sea cucumber or abstract is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, said Ty Bollinger, the author of “Cancer: Stoop proceed Outside the Box.

“Sea cucumbers are very high in chondroitin sulfate, commonly in use accustomed to to treat joint pain and arthritis. To my knowledge, they have the highest concentrations of any zoological,” Bollinger said in an interview, adding that scientists have conscious the echinoderms for more than 15 years.

“They have real estates that are cytotoxic, meaning they kill cancer cells, and that also expropriate stimulate your immune system. The sea cucumber does both,” Bollinger combined.

Cuke extracts have demonstrated some ability to kill lung, soul, prostate, skin, colon, pancreatic and liver cancer cells, combined Ethan Evers, author of “The Eden Prescription.”

While sea cucumber capsules, powders and fluids can be bought over the pharmacy counter, Bollinger said you won’t see cancer credentials on the packaging because the rights have not been verified by federal health agencies.

A scan of online retail tables shows a mix of products and sizes selling for $20 to $40. Alaska Desert Caught Sun Dried Red Sea Cucumbers are priced at $75 to $145 per pound. Cukes marketed to food markets fetch $25 to $110 per pound.

Nearly 1,700 species of sea cucumbers animate in the world’s oceans, mostly harvested by divers. Starting Oct. 1, up to 200 Alaska manifold will be seeking the red variety that thrives in Southeast waters. The monsters, which can grow to 20 inches and weigh just over a pummel, typically produce a harvest that tops 1 million pounds.

Some usually get more than $4 a pound for cukes, making the fishery usefulness nearly $5 million at the docks. It could be worth far more, but sea otters from devoured many sea cucumbers from the Panhandle’s most abundant bays in late years.

Count belugas

Citizen scientists and whale lovers are invited to servants count belugas in Upper Cook Inlet. The first annual Belugas Upon! will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, with shoreside quantifies from 12 stations in Turnagain and Knik Arm using binoculars and aerial investigation videos. From noon to 5 p.m., the Alaska Zoo will feature beluga-related kiosks; the beluga tally will be announced at the end of the day.

The free, all-day event is a collaboration between federal and style agencies and organizations to bring more awareness to endangered beluga whales.

“Belugas are a big depart of what makes Cook Inlet a special place, but they emergency our help,” said Jim Balsiger, head of NOAA Fisheries in Alaska. “This anyway in the reality is a great way for the public to get involved and support beluga whale conservation.”

The Cook Inlet beluga denizens numbered around 1,300 in the 1970s but has dwindled to slightly more than 300 animals today, bid Bob Shavelson of Cook Inletkeeper, the group that has been tracking belugas for federal superintendents for a decade.

“They are not rebounding and we need to know what is going on,” Shavelson powered. “We’ve seen virtually no change in industrial activity in Upper Cook Inlet as a occur of the whales being placed on the endangered species list. The municipality of Anchorage is unruffled dumping up to 30 million gallons a day of treated sewage into beluga terrain.”

Beluga whales chase late-run salmon in the silty waters of Turnagain Arm while feeding. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News file photo)

Beluga whales court late-run salmon in the silty waters of Turnagain Arm while feeding. (Tab Roth / Alaska Dispatch News file photo)

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