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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 6520475, 18 pages
Review Article

Potential Health Benefits of Deep Sea Water: A Review

1Malaysian-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2UTM Ocean Thermal Energy Centre (OTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3Tissue Culture Engineering Research Laboratory, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
4Institute of Marine Biotechnology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 23000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
5Perdana School of Science, Technology, Innovation and Policy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received 8 June 2016; Accepted 27 October 2016

Academic Editor: Norman Temple

Copyright © 2016 Samihah Zura Mohd Nani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Deep sea water (DSW) commonly refers to a body of seawater that is pumped up from a depth of over 200 m. It is usually associated with the following characteristics: low temperature, high purity, and being rich with nutrients, namely, beneficial elements, which include magnesium, calcium, potassium, chromium, selenium, zinc, and vanadium. Less photosynthesis of plant planktons, consumption of nutrients, and organic decomposition have caused lots of nutrients to remain there. Due to this, DSW has potential to become a good source for health. Research has proven that DSW can help overcome health problems especially related to lifestyle-associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and skin problems. This paper reviews the potential health benefits of DSW by referring to the findings from previous researches.