Laminaria Japonica is a type of brown seaweed rich in a vast host of nutrients, minerals and with some truly amazing health benefits. The medicinal powers of seaweed have actually been used for centuries because of their known ability to extend life and even enhance health and beauty. Decades of research has shown that it is actually Laminaria Japonica, or brown seaweed, which is the most beneficial of all seaweed. Laminaria Japonica is high in organic iodine, alginates, fucoxanthin, laminarin, and fucoidan. It also possesses over 70 different minerals which many nutritionists have said are lacking in diets throughout the Western hemisphere.
Extracts from brown seaweed have astounded researchers as have not only they been able to cause cancer tumors to die, they also detoxify the body of chemical build up and even burn body fat.
Fucoidan and Cancer
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide, also known as an ‘evaporated oligomineral’. Approximately 4% of the total dry weight of brown seaweed is composed of fucoidan which is the chemical responsible for the apoptosis (or death) of cancer cells. To date, there have been well over 600 studies that show that fucoidan is also responsible for a vast host of other positive benefits. These include: immune system improvement, intestinal disorders, allergy control, improved liver function, cholesterol regulation, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar regulation and its powerful anti-oxidant action promotes healthy hair and skin. The regular consumption of brown seaweed in many parts of Asia is often correlated with the significantly lower rates of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers amongst Asian women.
Fucoxanthin and Weight Loss
The fat burning properties of Laminaria Japonica are accredited to a compound called fucoxanthin. Alongside the iodine content of brown seaweed, when ingested, the compounds increase our body’s metabolic rate meaning you burn your more calories and you burn them faster. This prevents the accumulation of body fat. One study published in the journal ‘Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism’ involved 16 weeks of supplementation with a product containing fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil. The results saw that participants lost an average of 7.7 pounds over the period and additionally fat deposits in the liver decreased.
Alginates and Detoxification
Aliginic acid, also known as algin or alginate is an anionic polysaccharide that is found in the cell walls of brown algae. The alginate content of brown seaweed is known to detoxify the body of numerous unwanted and sometimes harmful chemicals such as strontium, uranium, mercury and lead. In day to day life, we are exposed to hundreds of toxins which over time can become embedded in our vital organs such as the heart, liver, or brain. The alginate content of Laminaria Japonica effectively eliminates these compounds from or bodies, helping us to stay disease free.
Although supplementing with brown seaweed or consuming it regularly is no doubt a great health choice to make, researchers have actually found that healthy participants who consumed 4 kelp capsules each day for a period of four weeks showed increased levels of thyroid stimulating hormones. Although we know that kelp is not the same as Laminaria Japonica – the compounds found within the two are very similar. In this way when consuming brown seaweed, remember to consume it regularly but always in moderation.