Fucoidan And Its Connection To Cancer

Fucoidan (sulfated alpha-L-fucan), considered one of the ocean’ greatest treasures is a sulfated polysaccharide and found primarily in the cell walls of algae and seaweed, such as kombu, limu moui, wakame, hijiki, and bladderwrack. Within the molecular structure of Fucoidan is the presence of fucose which is a healing sugar however not to be confused with fructose. Fucose is also found abundantly in human breast milk, boosting the babies immune system and fighting off any virus or disease.

Seaweed, also known as sea vegetables, is considered a natural source of healthy food and nutrition, have been part of the coastal societies diet for centuries. In our western world seaweed is not a component in many diets probably because of its texture and bad taste.

What has been found in the studies is that fucoidan exhibits a wide range of properties beneficial to maintaining optimal health such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti- inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties. It appears to stop the production of new blood vessels in cancerous tumors blockading the food for them to grow and also stimulates the death of certain cancer cells. Unfortunately, even though there is lots of evidence from the scientific community that fucoidan can have a dramatic effect on cancer, it can not be promoted as such.

This is just the start of us hearing about this amazing substance. It not only shows the benefits on cancers, it is also being tested in the treatment of HIV.

There are several health and wellness products on the market that contain this substance, making it much easier to include it in your diets.

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Fucoidan- a Diet Supplement

Fucoidan is one of the polysaccharides; it is known as a sulfated polysaccharide and is found in many varieties of brown seaweed. It is also found in the sea cucumber. There are 2 types of Fucoidan being researched at this time; F-fucoidan- which has sufated esters of fucose. The second type is U-fucoidan- which is made up of 20% glucuronic acid. They can now be found as diet supplements. The seaweed is found in several places, including Japan, Hawaii, Norway, and Tonga.

Many Japanese eat this seaweed with beneficial results. In order to combat diseases like cancer, there has been a lot of research done to see how the body can be made stronger.
Research has been going on with Fucoidan since 1970. There have been many exciting discoveries.

Especial emphasis has been laid on the immune system. It is this system that allows the body to fight against disease, even terminating cells that have mutated. The body also eliminates toxins and poisons in the system. Toxins enter our systems through the air we breathe and the food and water we ingest. Due to environmental pollution, we are more at risk now than ever before.

Fucoidan has been shown to help the body with cellular communication. This enables the body to function better and will enable the immune system to be more efficient. It has also been found to help with cell regeneration by helping to increase stem cells. It has been proven to help with many functions of the body. It enables the body to be stronger and resist diseases. It even helps our bodies fight cancer.

As such it has been available as a diet supplement in Japan since 1997. The pharmaceutical industry has now developed gelceuticals. These are diet supplements that are gel based. They are made from whole foods, such as Fucoidan. They are easy to digest and are more efficient in this form.

Fucoidan, found in brown seaweed, has received endorsement from the Hallal and Kosher associations. This has increased its demand among ethnic and even non-ethenic groups of people.

Fucoidan is extracted from brown seaweed. This is grown on special seaweed farms in Japan and also grows naturally in cool temperate waters. It is also found in deep, cold ocean water. In fact, the species Ascophyllum nodosum can be found in the artic. Freshly cut floating plants are harvested as these have the least amount of pollution.

With the growing amount of research being done on Fucoidan, more beneficial properties are being found, and we will find even more uses for this essential sugar.

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Fucoidan the Miracle Nutrient

Fucoidan the “miracle nutrient”? is a sulfated polysaccharide found mainly in various species of brown seaweed such as kombu, limu moui, bladderwrack, wakame, mozuku, and hijiki (variant forms of fucoidan have also been found in animal species, including the sea cucumber)

Beginning around 1970 researchers began studying fucoidan, and since that time fucoidan has been cited in over 700 studies published in the National Library of Medicine’s data base. www.pubmed.com The overall findings of this body of research, coupled with evidence provided by a long history of use of the fucoidan-bearing seaweed in areas such as Tonga, Hawaii and Japan indicates that fucoidan might be used as a safe, nutritional answer to a wide variety of health complaints.

Historical medicinal uses of seaweed are vast and ranged from topical burn and goiter therapy to the softening of tumors. These ancient civilizations may not have known that it was the fucoidan contained in these plants that gave them their beneficial properties, but they did know the plants offered powerful healing benefits.

The renowned longevity and good health of the Tongan people, especially statistically lower incidences of cancers and other diseases that plague the Western world, has piqued the interest of the medical and scientific communities who are keen to unlock the secret of this gift from the sea.

By absorbing trace minerals and vitamins from the nourishing waters, limu moui contains no less than 77 nutrients, including C, E and multiple B vitamins, selenium, beta-carotene, protein, iodine, calcium and iron. But the key ingredient of limu that is attracting the most attention is an essential sugar compound?a polysaccharide or glyconutrient?called fucoidan.

Medical treatments today focus on drugs and surgery, but there is a growing awareness in the health community of the tremendous potential of natural alternatives, especially researched super nutrients like the fucoidan found in limu moui. Fucoidan contains all of the eight simple sugars. These simple sugars are necessary for cell-to-cell communication and a healthy immune system. Although these nutrients are essential, there lacking in most of our diets.

There are two studies out of Canada that show fucoidan may be a potential therapy for Alzheimer?s disease. One study showed that fucoidan inhibited the advancement of several chronic degenerative diseases, including hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attack (myocardial infarction) and Alzheimer?s disease.

Fucoidan has potent anticoagulant and antithrombin activities that prevent harmful blood clots from forming in blood vessels. This is important because right now the drugs used to treat and prevent clot formation are difficult to use and can be downright dangerous if not monitored closely. This is one of the most studied areas for fucoidan with at least 50 studies on the subject as evidenced by a National Library of Medicine Pub Med search.

The use of fucoidan as a possible new cancer therapy is a key area of interest in the scientific and medical communities. There are more than 50 studies related to fucoidan and cancer. Glyconutrients are credited with combating breast, gastric and lung cancers, as well as leukemia. Most of the studies are still taking place in animal model, but the exploration is yielding some interesting and potentially therapeutic findings.

Fucoidan?s activity appears to be antiangiogenic. Antiangiogenesis is a hot topic in anti cancer therapy. To put it simply, fucoidan appears to stop the production of new blood vessels in cancerous tumors. We do not want cancerous tumor to make new blood vessels because that supplies them with the food to grow. With that in mind, consider what researchers at Fukuoka University in Japan found after they investigated whether fucoidan could counter cancerous tumors through antiangiogenesis. They found that both natural fucoidan and over-sulfated fucoidan both appear to block blood vessel formation “known as angiogenesis” which usually accompanies the growth of malignant tissue in cancerous tumors.

Cutting off a tumor?s blood supply is just one way of fighting cancer. Another way is to get the cancer cells to die through a process called apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Apoptosis occurs naturally in the live cycle of a cell, when cancer begins taking over cells and making them grow wildly out of control, or proliferate, rather than dying at their prescribed time. Fucoidan has been found in several studies to promote apoptosis in cancer cells.

Inflammation plays a role in many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers’s disease, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and many others. Swedish scientists from Lund University in Malmo found that fucoidan inhibits the adhesion molecules known as P and E selectins, appeared to improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in mice, and points to the crucial role that this type of selectin-inhibition, may play in the treatment of the disease in humans.

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What are Stem Cells and Why Do You Need Them?

We all have a natural supply of adult stem cells.  However, this natural supply diminishes over time. So what are adult stem cells?

  • Adult stem cells are pluripotency cells in our bodies, which means they can self-renew and differentiate into specialized cells of various tissues. What’s so amazing and important is that they can become cells of any part of your body which needs healing.
  • Our adult stem cells flow through the bloodstream looking for acute injuries or chronic degeneration. When they arrive at the site of the damaged tissue they multiply and then transform into healthy cells of that tissue type.
  • The key to optimum healing is the number of circulating stem cells; the more stem cells that are circulating in your blood the more which are available to migrate to heal and repair injured tissue.

Natural, self-healing is the new paradigm of health and wellness.  Increasing the number of adult stem cells in your body supports this change in thinking. Increasing the number of available adult stem cells works wonders for an aging or ailing body. Think of adult stem cells as super-powered “master cells” that can duplicate and regenerate a wide range of injured tissues.

How Adult stem cells work

So how can you encourage your body to release more stem cells?  Fortunately there is a natural nutrient called fucoidan which has the remarkable ability to enhance your stem cell production. Fucoidan gives your body the nourishment required to boost the natural production of adult stem cells in your bone marrow which dramatically increases your number of adult stem cells.

Fucoidan is extracted from seaweed, the fucoidan product I recommend is called Maritch Fucoidan produced by Marinova Pty Ltd, Australia. Their fucoidan is certified organic, hand-harvested from wild grown seaweed from pristine ocean waters.

Not only is their fucoidan is best quality, certified organic, their extraction process, called Triple E (electrolyte enhanced extraction), is an advanced solvent-free cold water process which ensured maximum potency, integrity and bio-availability.   Other fuciodan products may have been harvested by mechanical means, from non-pristine sources, not certified organic and extracted using solvent based processes which degrades and diminishes the potency.

Maritech Fucoidan is the world’s only certified organic fucoidan – simply the very best.



Fucoidan and the Japanese Diet

What is significantly different about the Japanese diet, compared to most other cultures?  The quantity of seaweed they consume.

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Seaweed has been a staple of the Japanese diet for centuries.  A constituent of seaweed is called fucoidan. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide found mainly in various species of brown seaweed such as kombu, limu moui, bladderwrack, wakame, mozuku, and hijiki.

Japanese researchers have discovered the fucoidan polysaccharide, causes various forms of cancer cells to self-destruct. This process is called apoptosis. It is the natural process where living organisms eliminate harmful cells. Sulfated polysaccharides such as Fucoidan have been shown to help in inducing apoptosis.

Surely this can be one explanation for the people of Okinawa, Japan to have some of the longest life expectancies in Japan. They happen to have one of the highest per capita rates of consumption of Kombu – one gram per person per day.  Also, Japan has the lowest cancer death rate.

Since 1970, Fucoidan has been cited in over 800 independent, unsolicited third party scientific studies. Please have a look at pubmed.gov – the US National Library of Medicine website.

Fucoidan is a wonderful immune booster with no harmful side effects with wonderful health benefits.

Some conditions that can be positively impacted by a consistent consumption of Fucoidan are:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal function
  • And more.

Please do your own research and begin to enjoy the benefits of Fucoidan today.

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