For centuries people around the world have used plants and herbs to treat ailments and to improve overall health. The latest gaining popularity in North America is fucoxanthin, a carotenoid compound found mostly in brown seaweed called wakame, which is found in Asia. It’s traditionally used to flavor salads and soups, but these days the buzz is all about its potential as a natural dietary supplement.
But does fucoxanthin work to fight fat? Several studies indicate it does. In a study carried out by scientists and researchers from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, obese rats were fed a diet supplemented with the compound. The rats lost about five to 10 per cent body fat and no side effects were evident.
Apparently, this seaweed compound has thermogenic properties. It triggers the activity of a fat-burning protein known as UCP1, which increases fat oxidation (especially in the abdomen) and the conversion of heat to energy. The research study leader Dr. Kazuo Miyashita also found that fucoxanthin boosts the liver’s ability to synthesize the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which lowers bad cholesterol and prevents diabetes.
In an unpublished Russian study involving 150 obese women, the seaweed compound showed similar fat-burning results. The group taking fucoxanthin lost an average of 14.5 pounds in 16 weeks, 11.8 pounds of body fat and showed an increased metabolic rate of 18.2 per cent. In contrast the placebo group lost only three pounds and 2.8 pounds of body fat.
The fucoxanthin group also showed reductions in liver fat, blood pressure and triglycerides. While more tests on humans are needed, the success of fucoxanthin in these studies has led some health professionals to herald it as a potential drug to fight obesity and diabetes.
A Safe Fucoxanthin Product To Help You Lose Weight
It’s very difficult to get the amount of this compound you need for weight loss from eating brown seaweed. The compound binds tightly to proteins in the seaweed, making it difficult to absorb. Also, seaweed naturally contains high doses of iodine, more than our bodies need so it’s unwise to fill up on it.
Fortunately, many weight loss and bodybuilding supplements on the market now contain this fat-fighting phenom. Fuco PrimeTM is a supplement created with keen attention to the Hokkaido University research.
The product contains pure fucoxanthin, which reduces your risk of iodine poisoning. It also has no salt, artificial colorings or flavoring. The company recommends you take one 50 mg pills three times a day at meal time, never exceeding 6 pills daily.