Fucoidan and cancer
Fucoidan may not be a cure for cancer on its own, but it has already been proven to inhibit tumor growth in-vitro. Hence, its potential as a preventative therapy is very exciting. Further research seems to support the theory that it can be a valuable supplemental therapy alongside conventional cancer protocols, including chemotherapy. It is known to be an immunomodifier, meaning it provides a boost to the immune system in a very meaningful way, accelerating the production of new healthy cells, promoting the healing of wounds and increasing antioxidant activity in the body. These actions may also be beneficial to cancer patients, whether currently in treatment or in post-treatment recovery.
What is Fucoidan?
Fucoidan is a component found in certain types of brown seaweed and algae. It is extracted from strains that include wakame, kombu, mozuku, and bladderwrack, but mozuku sourced from Okinawa is by far the most concentrated, producing more than twice the extract than its next-strongest counterpart. For this and a couple of other reasons, you will see a vast difference in the price of Fucoidan, but if you are interested in Fucoidan because you have or have had cancer, it is always best to choose the purest, highest quality and most potent Fucoidan extract available.
In Japanese culture, brown seaweed is consumed as part of their regular diet. The people of Okinawa are reputed to be not only the longest-lived in the entire country of Japan, but their incidence of cancer is negligible. The waters around the island are crystal clear, pristine and alive, and it is here that the mozuku is hand-harvested and then extracted in a solvent-free process that preserves the beneficial molecules. To give you an idea of how much can be extracted from the mozuku seaweed, Fucoidan makes up only 1% of its total weight. This means, if you were to try to simply eat the seaweed to get the benefits, you would likely have to eat 10 pounds or more a day. Purchasing an extract from a reputable source is much more practical.
Sea vegetables have long been a part of the Japanese diet, as they are densely packed with minerals, have no fat content, and are very low-calorie. On the whole, the Japanese are long-lived, and their people do not appear to suffer from the same types of heart disorders, hypertension and cancers that are so prevalent in western society. The presence of Fucoidan in their diet from a very early age likely has something to do with this.
Along with its ability to kill cancer cells, Fucoidan benefits include:
Immune boosting. Fucoidan is proven to modify and strengthen the immune system. This can provide several positives: it helps the body to grow and strengthen healthy cells, which will help to reduce the amount of time that you are sick, speed the healing of wounds, and prevent relapse. It has also been shown to reduce the adverse symptoms of chemotherapy, even in late-stage cancers.
Anti-tumor. During in-vitro tests, Fucoidan has been proven to kill cancerous cells, and to protect healthy ones. While there is no direct claim that Fucoidan can cure cancer, it would certainly suggest that it would be an excellent addition to any cancer protocol.
Anti-inflammatory. Fucoidan’s ability to reduce inflammation from within the body is highly beneficial to anybody who is undergoing cancer treatment. Studies on advanced cancer patients show that inflammatory markers and tumor necrosis were significantly reduced after two weeks of oral Fucoidan therapy.
Anti-coagulant. Fucoidan has a strong anti-coagulant factor, which, though is a helpful therapy in situations where preventing a blood clot is desirable, it should be used with extreme caution for those who already take blood thinners.
Anti-viral. There is significant evidence to suggest that Fucoidan therapy can prevent the uptake of viral infection, function as a powerful anti-bacterial, and shorten the healing process overall.
Other reported Fucoidan benefits include the regulation of blood sugar, as an aid to weight loss, a support to HIV therapy, to treat hypothyroidism, and gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, indigestion and acid reflux disease.
Fucoidan can be sourced from a range of geographical regions, and extracted from various different sea grasses by a number of methods. However, the quality of the resulting product depends largely on the type of kelp being harvested, its origin, and the extraction method used. Okinawa mozuku Fucoidan not only yields the highest concentration of Fucoidan extract, but it also comes from the purest possible source available. Okinawa is a pristine ocean source, untouched by marine pollution or the radiation caused by the Fukushima disaster of 2011. Mozuku is hand-harvested, and processed using a cold-water method in order to preserve the Fucoidan molecule. The extract is then standardized to ensure a consistent dosage so that you know exactly how much you are getting in each dose. For best results, standardization is very important, as keeping up a consistent therapeutic dose is the key to Fucoidan’s many benefits.
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