Therapeutic Effects Of Fucoidan
You may have heard the stardom of Fucoidan in the supplement market. But do you know what exactly Fucoidan is? And what are the therapeutic effects of Fucoidan?
Fucoidan is itself a complex sulfated polysaccharide that is originally derived from Fucus Vesiculosus, aka brown seaweed. Fucoidan is loaded with rich nutrients that enrich your body with wholesome elements. It has several optimal biological properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-coagulant, anti-thrombotic, antioxidant, and anti-angiogenic.
Here, below we will show you some science-backed up Fucoidan brown seaweed extract benefits.
Anticancer & Anti-Tumor Effects of Fucoidan
Cancer is now among the world's leading causes of death. Several treatments have been introduced in recent years, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. However, these treatments are proved to be damaging for only cancer cells, in fact, normal healthy cells too.
Recent studies have demonstrated that Fucoidan benefits cancer by directly bringing into play the anticancer actions in our body. Moreover, it can also indirectly eliminate cancer cells by activating the natural killer cells.
Research[i] shows that Fucoidan is being used by several medical practitioners as a new therapeutic anticancer drug because of its high biological activity, wide source, and low side effects.
Another research[ii] shows that Fucoidan-derived anticancer products have reported more advantages of greater oral bioavailability and less side effects of toxicity.
Anti-Diabetic Effects of Fucoidan:
Diabetic patients have a hard time adjusting to any supplements that can benefit their diabetic health. Most of the medications and supplements for diabetes show side effects as low blood sugar, upset stomach, skin rash, and weight gain.
Fucoidan, on the other hand, not only improves glucose tolerance in the human body, in fact, it has the ability to reduce the effects of diabetic retinopathy. It also helps optimally balance blood sugar levels to a healthy point.
Research[iii] done in 2019 shows that Fucoidan may have anti-diabetic effects in it as it improves insulin-stimulated glucose uptake.
Anti-HIV Effects of Fucoidan:
Many years have been passed, searching for a cure for HIV. But Alas!
However, there are certain products that can contribute to aiding the effects of HIV.
Research[iv] shows that Fucoidan with a naturally high molecular weight is possibly effective as anti-HIV agents.
Limited studies have discussed the relation of Fucoidan with its potential therapy against HIV, but all were optimally observed.
Neural Protective Effects of Fucoidan:
Fucoidan has shown its assistance to prevent and slow down neurological disorders. The nutrients present in Fucoidan, such as vitamin B12, contribute to aiding brain cells and developing protective layers in the brain.
In a rat study[v] done in 2014, rats with Parkinson's disease were tested with the intake of Fucoidan. Results showed that Fucoidan delivers beneficial effects by suppressing oxidative stress and protecting neurons from toxicity.
Another study[vi] suggests that Fucoidan intake can slow down the neurodegenerative processes and show protective effects against brain injury.
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[i] Hsu, H. Y., & Hwang, P. A. (2019). Clinical applications of fucoidan in translational medicine for adjuvant cancer therapy. Clinical and translational medicine, 8(1), 1-18.
[ii] Hsu, H. Y., & Hwang, P. A. (2019). Clinical applications of fucoidan in translational medicine for adjuvant cancer therapy. Clinical and translational medicine, 8(1), 1-18.
[iii] Sim, S. Y., Shin, Y. E., & Kim, H. K. (2019). Fucoidan from Undaria pinnatifida has anti-diabetic effects by stimulation of glucose uptake and reduction of basal lipolysis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Nutrition Research, 65, 54-62.
[iv] Luthuli, S., Wu, S., Cheng, Y., Zheng, X., Wu, M., & Tong, H. (2019). Therapeutic effects of fucoidan: a review on recent studies. Marine drugs, 17(9), 487.
[v] Zhang, F. L., He, Y., Zheng, Y., Zhang, W. J., Wang, Q., Jia, Y. J., ... & Wang, X. M. (2014). Therapeutic effects of fucoidan in 6‐hydroxydopamine‐lesioned rat model of Parkinson's disease: role of NADPH oxidase‐1. CNS neuroscience & therapeutics, 20(12), 1036-1044.
[vi] Wang, Y., Wang, Q., Han, X., Ma, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhao, L., ... & Ma, S. (2021). Fucoidan: a promising agent for brain injury and neurodegenerative disease intervention. Food & Function.