The name given to a group of compounds found in various types of brown seaweed, fucoidan has a range of great health benefits. Ranging from immune support to anti-ageing, many experts believe the benefits of this nutrient are responsible for the exceptionally long and healthy lives enjoyed by those living in Okinawa, Japan.
Supports the immune system
We know that a healthy immune system is vital for helping to protect the body from viruses and bacteria, with regular illnesses and infections suggesting that it is not working as it should. Research shows that fucoidan has immune modulating properties that can help to enhance the immune system. These immune modulating properties help to boost the immune system when it is low, but can also suppress it when it is over-stimulated (for example, with auto-immune diseases).
Although a certain amount of inflammation is needed in the body, too much can cause various chronic health conditions such as Crohn’s disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Fucoidan has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, supporting against conditions such as arthritis-related joint inflammation, osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Recent research shows that fucoidan has a positive effect on age-related processes. The nutrient can activate a key enzyme called sirtuin 6. This enzyme along with six other sirtuin enzymes impacts a range of cellular processes in the body, such as ageing and stress resistance. It has also been demonstrated to promote heart health, improve immune response and protect brain cells.
Antioxidants are needed by the body to protect cells against free radicals and oxidative stress. Fucoidan helps to protect the body by scavenging free radicals, whilst also improving the natural production of antioxidants. It is suggested that the antioxidant benefits of fucoidan are due to the polyphenol presence within the nutrient.
It is suggested that fucoidan is partially responsible for the longevity of those living in Okinawa, Japan. Often dubbed the ‘Land of the Immortals’ by the Chinese, residents of Okinawa over the age of 65 enjoy the world’s highest life expectancy – with men expected to live to about 84, and women to live to around 90. The Okinawan diet consists of ‘longevity food’ which includes plenty of seaweed – which is rich in fucoidan.
Take 200mg a day of Time Health Organic Fucoidan Powder, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.