When you think of seaweed, like Fucoxanthin, you may think of sushi or you may think of those slimy strings that covered the beach on your recent vacation. Whatever your association, it’s no secret seaweed is packed with nutritional benefits, and weight loss is the latest one.
What is Fucoxanthin?
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid that is found in brown seaweed like wakame and hijiki. These seaweeds are often used in Asian foods like miso soup and sushi rolls. It is a xanthophyll, which is a molecule structurally similar to beta-carotene and vitamin A; yet fucoxanthin does not possess vitamin-like activity in the body.
Fucoxanthin, lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene are all different carotenoids offering different health benefits. Fucoxanthin offers a number of different health benefits, such as correcting abnormalities in glucose metabolism in muscle tissue which can help diabetics and might reduce cholesterol levels and triglycerides by currently unverified mechanisms. Reductions in blood pressure and reductions in both liver fat stores and liver enzyme values have been noted with fucoxanthin supplementation in humans. Of particular interest is its ability to aid in fat loss.
Fucoxanthin Helps to Eliminate Fat
The biggest factors involved in successful fat loss are diet and exercise. No matter what kind of supplement you take, calorie control is king in the pursuit of weight loss. Fucoxanthin is able to help white fat cells behave as brown fat cells. Brown fat burns energy as opposed to storing it, as white fat does. Not only may you burn more fat if you increase the amount of fucoxanthin in your diet, you may burn more visceral fat, the stubborn, very dangerous fat that resides around the organs of the abdomen.
Although only one human study has been published, it appears to be a promising non-stimulatory fat loss agent but requires time to work (5-16 weeks).
Add Fucoxanthin to Your Diet
The extract can be taken in dried or capsule form as well.
In it’s dried form, fucoxanthin can be added to other food or even blended with a shake for convenience.
If you opt for the pill form, always be sure to but a recognized, reputable product from a trusted vendor. Take one capsule daily for the best results.