Coral reefs as a pharmacy
Saving the coral reefs is not just about preserving the beauty and food on the planet but also about protecting the very future of the human race, scientific research and medical advancement could depend on it. The reef is a very powerful place and has a highly effective arsenal of chemical weapons at its disposal to defend itself against an attack which when isolated can form the basis of many treatments against disease.
Currently, reef organisms are used in the treatment of diseases, including leukaemia, HIV, cardiovascular disease and ulcers. Moreover, long coral skeleton is very similar to human bone and can be used as a material for bone grafts.
The future of many important medical discoveries could lie hidden at the bottom of the ocean like Black Beard’s treasure waiting for the great minds of the 21st century to crack the code. For example, the tip of the iceberg in the latest Coral Calcium Studies show that calcium from coral could help fight against forms of cancer, the effects of diabetes, arthritis, cardiac diseases, osteoporosis, eczema, Alzheimer’s disease , fibromyalgia, a high cholesterol, muscle cramps, kidney stones, gallstones, gout, indigestion, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, hiatal hernias, hypertension and headaches.