What is fucoidan?
Fucoidan as a marine material has been recently been widely used in health care in Europe, America, and Japan. Fucoidan, scientific name: sulfated polysaccharide. It is the composition of (Sulfated Fucose) of marine polysaccharides, widely present in the giant brown seaweed.
In over 1,000 plus published studies…and counting – fucoidan products are shown to work via one or more of these mechanisms:
- Improved immune response, allowing your body to mount robust responses, achieve better cell-to-cell communication, tissue maintenance, and delicate internal life-saving balances.
- Increased antioxidant activity, protecting you against cell damage so that you increase your odds to live longer healthier lives.
- Neurotoxicity protection, helping to protect you against neuronal damage or death caused by excitotoxic insults.
- Aberrant cell proliferation reduction, helping to protect you against substances involved in abnormal cell growth by improving activity of white blood cells, the natural killer cells.
(Source: http://mosteffectivefucoidan.com/ )
Advantages of Hi-Q Marine Biotech Co.’s Low Molecular Weight Fucoidan
- Technology licensing cooperation with the Fishery Research Institute (FRI), Council of Agriculture (COA)
- Research teams of industry, government and university, and publishing of international literature
- No.1 extracted low-weight molecule of 500 dalton
- No western medicine, no heavy metal, no radiation, SGS testing on a lot-by-lot basis
- Winner of SNQ (Symbol of National Quality)
- Winner of 2013 Taipei Biotechnology Award
Fucoidan is beneficial to the human body for a number of reasons. Some benefits – such as the high amount of antioxidants and immune system boosting and modulating powers – are helpful in preventing illnesses before they set in. Other Fucoidan benefits are specific to certain illnesses, and have been extensively researched by many independent studies at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If you take an extract of Fucoidan (instead of the fruit juice/energy drink source), you also gain the benefits that the seaweed itself provides. Though these benefits can vary depending on the type of seaweed extract that you choose, most seaweed benefits are very positive – though some species of seaweed and their extracts have some side effects that you should be aware of before choosing your Fucoidan product.
Fucoidan is a natural source of antioxidants, which are molecules that carry enough extra cells to stabilize the free radicals, reducing the chance of healthy cell-molecule damage.
Liver health is especially important because of all the significant bodily processes the liver is responsible for. In scientific studies, Fucoidan displayed anti-fibrosis properties on subjects afflicted with liver fibrosis, and also was able to inhibit the spread of hepatitis C (commonly responsible for fibrous tissue in the liver).
Fucoidan’s ability to manage cholesterol can help you take control over your weight. This natural substance burns away fatty acids like cholesterol and triglycerides, keeping them from clogging up your blood vessels while simultaneously providing you with energy. Fucoidan also helps inhibit the adipogenesis process responsible for the creation of fatty acids.
One of Fucoidan’s amazing benefits is that it contains antiviral properties. If taken as part of a daily regimen, Fucoidan has the ability to prevent viral infections such as the common cold and influenza. More significantly, Fucoidan has been proven in independently verified clinical trials to have suppressive and apoptotic effects on enveloped viral diseases such as oral and genital herpes, HIV, and hepatitis C & D.
Multiple types of cancer have been tested in studies with Fucoidan. For many cancers, Fucoidan has an inhibitory effect on tumor cell growth, and can also help the immune system keep cancer from infecting healthy cells. It has even been shown in some studies to induce cancer cell apoptosis (cell death). Fucoidan has also been known to stop the spread of certain cancers (such as lung cancer) from spreading throughout the body by blocking cancer cells from using biological pathways in the body.
While Fucoidan has a number of anti-cancer qualities, it also has properties that help provide relief from some of the harmful side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. One of the major downsides to these forms of cancer treatment is that they inadvertently target bone marrow cells. Since bone marrow cells are responsible for creating white blood cells, the immune system can be compromised by rigorous anti-cancer treatments. People undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments are susceptible to infections because of their weakened immune systems. Some studies have shown that Fucoidan is capable of boosting the immune system to normal levels, or even slightly above normal levels, in patients undergoing chemo and radiation.
Because Fucoidan is a natural product, it does not have the capability of producing side effects as strong as chemically-engineered drugs. With that said, there are a few documented cases of side effects for this natural health aide. It is important to take into account which type of seaweed is being used in your chosen Fucoidan extract, as there can be more side effects associated with particular forms of seaweed.
People who are allergic to soy should be aware that they may have an allergic reaction to brown algae extract. Common allergy symptoms may include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, rash, hives, and an increased heart rate. Fucoidan extracts retain some qualities of the seaweed that they were derived from. Since most seaweeds contain slight blood-thinning qualities. Often this is beneficial as it reduces the chance of heart attack and stroke, however, people already on blood thinners (such as Warfarin or Coumadin) or who already have low blood pressure should be aware that risks can include dizziness, fainting, and increased ease of bruising. Fucoidan extracted from mozuku seaweed, however, contains blood-thickening qualities, and should be taken in small dosages or not at all by people who already have high blood pressure.
Anyone looking for a Fucoidan extract should also be aware that seaweed is naturally high in iodine. Any reputable Fucoidan extract will have a recommended dosage that will be safe for most people to take without any side effects. With that said, taking too high of a dosage of a seaweed extract could have the potential to cause iodine poisoning. Because of the iodine content in seaweed extracts, people with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) should not take seaweed supplements. People with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or average levels of iodine can take Fucoidan extracts without issue, as the iodine content can help prevent goiter caused by hypothyroidism.
Considering the sheer number of scientifically tested benefits that Fucoidan has versus its rather small and uncommon side effects, Fucoidan is an incredible natural wonder. If you are looking for a natural health supplement that can change your physical health for the better, you’ve found the right substance – Fucoidan. Before you make a choice on any Fucoidan extract, be sure to read about the marketing schemes and hidden side effects of certain seaweed supplements.
(Source: http://www.fucosmart.com/ )