The health benefits of fucoidan have been known for quite some time now. Benefits include normalizing blood pressure, regulating blood sugar by slowing carbohydrate digestion, reducing inflammation and perception of joint pain as well as gastrointestinal benefits. Recently, researchers have been looking at benefits as it relates to cancer. Here’s a review of how researchers look to fucoidan in the fight against cancer.
A quick overview: what is fucoidan?
Fucoidan is a molecule which has been shown to facilitate tissue regeneration, immune function, and cell-to-cell communication. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide found in certain species of sea vegetables such as wakame, bladderwrack and brown kelp. High quality seaweed supplements such as Sea Veg® contain fucoidan for its many health benefits. Fucoidan is a natural food compound and is composed of various sugars, sugar acids and sulfur-containing groups.
Is fucoidan new to public awareness?
No. While seaweed has been a staple food in Asian countries for thousands of years, brown seaweed has only been the focus of research for the past decade. Fucoidan, in particular, has received the most attention. Due to its anti-aging potential, in several analyses of the Japanese diet, particularly among inhabitants of the island of Okinawa, long known for its high concentration of people at least a century old (centenarians).
A possible weapon in fighting cancer
Laboratory studies suggest that it can prevent the growth of cancer cells and has antiviral, neuroprotective, and immune-modulating effects. One study suggests fucoidan may help to enable longer courses of chemotherapy. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, fucoidan, has anti-cancer activity against various cancer types by targeting key apoptotic molecules. It also has beneficial effects as it can protect against toxicity associated with chemotherapeutic agents and radiation.
More about the research to date
Research published in the March 2011 issue of Phytotherapy Research suggests that fucoidan stopped some lung cancer cells from proliferating and triggered the programmed death of cancer cells. Another study, this one published in the October 2011 issue of International Journal of Biological Macromolecules also found that fucoidan killed lung cancer cells. It also improved the activity of white blood cells, the natural killer cells. a 2015 study also stated that fucoidan showed promise for anti-tumor potential. There are actually quite a few studies about fucoidan and cancer. You’ll quickly see why researchers look to fucoidan in the fight against cancer.
How to get fucoidan in your diet
There are actually several foods that are high in fucoidan, including:
- Edible seaweeds such as wakame, kelp, and bladderwrack
- Marine invertebrates such as sea anemones, sea cucumbers, sea snails and slugs, segmented marine worms, coonstripe shrimp, hermit crabs, snow crabs, whelks and a wide array of mollusks
How else can you get more fucoidan in your diet?
Fucoidan can be found in seaweed supplements such as Sea Veg®. The fucoidan in the Sea Veg® supplement is not synthesized or added. Because Sea Veg® is whole food supplement, fucoidan is a natural constituent of the countless healthy nutrients contained in every bottle. If you’re ready to get more fucoidan in your diet, whether it’s to enjoy the many healthy benefits of fucoidan or for its possible effectiveness in fighting cancer, try Sea Veg® as an ideal option to get more fucoidan in your diet.