Fucoidan extract is a complex sulphated polysaccharide found in several species of brown seaweed. Brown seaweeds are often large and range from giant kelp, which is 20 meters long, to thick seaweeds that are 2-4 m long, and some small species that are 30–60 cm long. The phytochemical is non-toxic, biodegradable, and approved by FDA as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) ingredient.
Fucose in turn is a sugar found fucoidan in smaller amounts, although it makes us 20% of this supplement. It is a rare sugar and one of only eight known bioactive sugars essential for cell to cell communication.
Fucoidan extract has various beneficial biological and pharmacological activities, such as being immune-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-tumorigenic / cancer growth inhibitor, anticoagulant, and neuroprotective.
Different studies suggest this polysaccharide can boost the immune defense mechanisms, such as by increasing antibody production after vaccination. Likewise, other studies show it has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help prevent infections due to inherent antiviral properties.
Several studies indicate the substance has antitumor properties, but more research is still needed. A study in overweight and obese adults suggests that it can decrease diastolic blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels when used over a sustained period. Finally, laboratory studies suggest that fucoidan extract has anticoagulant and antithrombotic properties.
In humans, fucose is found in the skin, brain cells, retina of the eyes, and kidneys. It is also excreted in breast milk and may be important for the transfer of immunity to the newborns. Overall, fucose plays an active role in the strengthening the immune system and in the function of red blood cells.
The suggested daily amount varies, but it is generally between 100 mg to 4000 mg once or twice daily. Please note that the substance may interfere with blood-thinning medications, as it has a similar effect.
Fucoidan extract consisting of 98% polysaccharide, out of which 20% is fucose. Sourced from Undaria Pinnatifida.
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