What is Fucoxanthin?
Fucoxanthin is a popular brown pigment that is naturally found in brown seaweed chloroplasts. The brown pigment belongs to non-provitamin carotenoids, especially in a group called xanthophylls, which a distinct structure that include the unusual allenic bond and a sugar fucose. Seaweed belongs to multicellular marine organisms group that obtain its energy through photosynthesis. Although its commonly referred as marine plants, seaweed species are classified as cynobacteria or unicellular algae other than plants.
Like many other carotenoids, fucoxanthin is known to possess antioxidative properties. In addition, it is clinically proven to be a non-stimulant thermogenic. Unlike other stimulant-type metabolism enhancers, fucoxanthin does not have any effects on nervous system. It can comfortably be taken without any worries of blood pressure deregulation or cardiovascular exhaustion.
What are the benefits of taking Fucoxanthin?
• Weight loss
According to animal studies that have been done in Japan, the results indicate that fucoxanthin can promote the loss human abdominal fat. Fucoxanthin targets a certain protein popularly called UCP 1 that helps to increase the rate of burning of abdominal fat. Abdominal fat, also known as white adipose tissue, is a type of fat that normally surrounds your key organs and is closely associated with diabetes and heart diseases. Fucoxanthin also stimulates the production of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) commonly found in salmon.
• Helps to fight Diabetes
Fucoxanthin has anti-diabetes effect since it promotes the production of DHA, which is found in many fish oils. DHA increases insulin sensitivity, reduce LBL or bad cholesterol and improve triglycerides.
Recent laboratory studies have shown that fucoxanthin has anti-tumor effects. The brown seaweed has also been tested with both colon and prostate cancers.
• Ability to fights acne vulgaris
Fucoxanthin has the ability to fight acne vulgaris, which is a skin ailment that is characterized by scaly red skin, nodules, papules, scarring and pimples. The brown seaweed contains oligosaccharide-zinc complex that has capability to ameliorate the symptoms of acne and reducing the production of sebum.
• Lowers the risk of hypertension
Fucoxanthin is said lower the blood pressure significantly according to a study that was done by medical researchers. Further studies have also shown that fucoxanthin has positive effects on cerebrovascular diseases.
Fucoxanthin extract recommends a dosage of between 9mg and 32 mg per day. As a beginner you should with 20mg each day. Fucoxanthin works wonderfully in conjunction with fatty acids (fish oil) or conjugated linoleic, which helps to improve absorption.
Who should not take Fucoxanthin?
Pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid consuming fucoxanthin supplements.
Fucoxanthin side effects
People should avoid consuming large amounts of fucoxanthin or other seaweed supplements. It’s important to know that seaweed is very rich in iodine, which is harmful when taken in excess than the recommended dosage. Large amounts of iodine in your body can affect the function of your thyroid gland. Consult your doctor if you are on other medication.
What other drugs will affect Fucoxanthin?
Drugs such as warfarin and aspirin should not be taken in concurrent with fucoxanthin supplement because this could lead to blood thinning. Also if you’re consuming other slimming supplements that contain fucus vesiculosus you should taking fucoxanthin because it might compromise the expected medicinal effect. If you are also on other medication, consult your doctor before taking fucoxanthin.