Common Name: Fucoidan
Botanical Name: Laminaria japonica
Growing Area: Polynesia, Tonga, Japan, and China
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Fucoidan (Laminaria japonica) is a sulfated polysaccharide. It is found primarily in the cell walls of several species of brown seaweed, such as kombu, limu moui, wakame, hijiki, and bladderwrack. Lending a slippery texture to these sea plants, Fucoidan also provides protection for them, even in strong sunlight and harsh environments.
Fucoidan has also been found in varying forms among marine animals such as the sea cucumber.
Nutrients & Applications:
Fucoidan is a complex polysaccharide composed mainly of fucopyranoside and natural sulphate. Trace elements of three different types of sugar molecules are also found in Fucoidan: galactose, xylose, and glucuronic acid. Research also suggests that Fucoidan may possess significant antioxidant activity.
The astonishing amount of research on Fucoidan has revealed many potential health benefits. One exciting finding is that Fucoidan encourages normal and healthy cellular growth. It has also been found to support and enhance the all-important immune system in several ways, including stimulating the body's natural killer cells and increasing certain proteins that are produced by white blood cells. Fucoidan may also support cardiovascular and digestive health, as well as the body's response to allergic reactions.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels and normal functioning of kidneys and the liver are other ways Fucoidan may help the body. Several studies also raise the possibility of using Fucoidan as a plant-based blood-thinning agent.*