Fucoidan is a component of several species of brown seaweed and is prized around the world as one of nature’s most powerful supporters of our immune system.
How does it work?
Fucoidans work on several pathways within our body to support the immune system.
- One of the earliest scientific discoveries was that fucoidans strongly support our immune T- cells (killer cells).
T cells attack and consume viruses. Through this mechanism, fucoidans may support your body's natural immune response to pathogens that commonly circulate during the colder months. The same T- cell mechanism is used by the body to clean up rogue cells that may be starting to act abnormally. T- cells are a crucial line of defence for the body, ensuring we stay healthy.
- When our body comes under attack from foreign invaders, sometimes our own immune response can overreact, flooding the body with inflammatory molecules (this is what happens when a new virus evolves that our body doesn’t recognise). Fucoidans can help support a healthy immune response which makes them a very special class of molecule and a good companion for travelers to exotic locations where tropical nasties are more prevalent.
- Fucoidan has a special relationship with our microbiome and can support the beneficial bacteria within our gut which can regulate inflammation and support healing.
Which types of Fucoidans are best?
Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus are the two most valued species of seaweed from which Fucoidans are extracted and are prominent in many clinical trials.
Undaria Pinnatifida, commonly known as wakame and mekabu is associated with the Okinawan diet and partly attributed to the populations' longevity and heart health (compared to the rest of Japan where less Undaria is consumed).
We source our certified organic Undaria Fucoidans from deep in the South Pacific ocean where the waters are pristinely clean. The extraction method of Fucoidans is important also. Our extraction company uses new, water-based, organic-certified technology, without solvents. This ensures purity and bioactivity that may not be present in other Fucoidans on the market.
It is important to note that it is not ideal to source or eat seaweed products from the regions surrounding the sea of Japan where radioactivity persists.
How do I take it?
Here is a list of ways you can incorporate Fucoidans into your daily diet, from the lowest concentration to the highest/most pure concentration of the active ingredient.
1. Wakame and mekabu of Undaria seaweed (powdered)
This South Pacific, sustainably harvested organic powder, is ideal for adding to smoothies or adding to stews, soups, fish stews and Asian style stir fries (toward the end of the cooking cycle to preserve nutrient profile)
N.B - this powder contains approx. 6% Fucoidans
2. Matakana SuperFoods Supergreens powder
This nutritious green formulation is made up with approx. 20% wakame and mekabu power
3. Undaria pinnatafida Fucoidan extract (in capsule form)
This capsule is 50% pure Fucoidan extract with the balance of the ingredient being other components of the Undaria seaweed. Taken daily, it’s ideal for the support of gut & microbiome health as well as supporting the brain, joints and immune system.
The recommended dose on the bottle mimics the amount of fucoidan estimated to be consumed by Okinawan centenarians on a daily basis.
4. Fucoidan Ultra
This capsule contains both Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus in a 50/50 ratio. It’s extracted to the highest achievable purity (86-96% pure fucoidan), with the balance of the ingredient being the remaining seaweed compounds. No fillers or other tableting aids are used in any of our Fucoidan products.
Fucoidan Ultra provides you with the most premium Fucoidan available anywhere in the world today, using the two key species scientifically studied for maximum immune support. This is a product which is very handy to have on hand, should a family member start to come down with your typical winter ills & chills. Take at the first sign of discomfort and continue daily until the individual feels well again. If symptoms persist always see your doctor.
Fucoidan Ultra is the ultimate travel companion for strong immune support.
Fucoidan Ultra is also an excellent supplement for those who are immune compromised and or have a major health challenge. Always let your doctor or oncologist know what you are taking however, Fucoidan does not generally clash with other medications.