The Vegetable of the Sea; Brown Seaweed AKA Mozuku
You might have seen multiple slimy alga branches roving around the shore. Well, these brown-green branches are non-other than brown seaweed. Brown seaweed is common seafood eaten in numerous Asian meals. When cooked, this alga of the cool oceans is soft in texture. Although you can eat it raw, cooked, or pickled, the brown seaweed is mostly served in Korean soups.
There are two kinds of this alga named Fucus vesiculosus and Laminaria japonica. Both of these kinds are used to treat multiple health issues. Fucoidan is a substance that is beneficial in providing various health benefits. Fucus vesiculosus and Laminaria japonica, both have fucoidan present in them. Another important substance, the antioxidant fucoxanthin is also present in both types of brown seaweeds. Fucoxanthin is associated with providing a brown color to the algae.
Although there isn’t enough evidence that supports the use of brown seaweed in providing health benefits, the research on brown seaweed extract is quite promising. Some of the major health benefits of brown seaweeds are as follow:
Brown seaweed is known to reduce the risk of cancers related to estrogen. In a study, researchers found out that Fucus vesiculosus aka bladder wrack is known to have anti-estrogenic effects, thus reducing the risk of cancers and reducing cholesterol levels.
A recent study found out that Laminaria japonica is associated with bodyweight reduction. They supplemented rats with brown seaweed for 15-16 weeks and noticed an increase in the gut bacteria that are associated with maintaining weight. In addition, consuming seaweeds enhanced their immune response which suggests that Laminaria japonica may be an effective prebiotic for reducing weight in humans.
As brown seaweed is a low-calorie and high-fiber food, it is perfect for people maintaining their blood sugar levels. Another study conducted in 2010 indicated that Laminaria japonica is used in preventing carbs from digestion. This makes it easy to balance the blood sugar levels.
Improvement in Brain Functioning:
A study was conducted on 60 individuals and half of them were given Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus combined while the other half were given a placebo. The supplement was given immediately after a high-carb meal. After the supplementation, the results were compared with their cognitive test before lunch. The result showed improved cognitive tasks than the group given a placebo.
Many types of research show that brown seaweed is shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and anti-aging functions too.
Is There Any Side Effect Of Eating Too Much Seaweed?
The only danger of eating a huge amount of seaweed is an increase in iodine levels. This may result in hyperthyroidism. The person may feel an increased heartbeat, weight loss, or nervousness. Also, there is an increased risk of accumulation of environmental pollutants like any other thing residing inside the ocean.
However, we have carefully sourced our ingredients and they are free from any unnecessary extras including no filers, blinders, or additives. Grab yourself this amazing seaweed extract from our website and approach towards a healthier lifestyle.