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.