What Is Fucoidan and How Do I Incorporate More of This Amazing Nutrient Into My Diet?

What Is Fucoidan and How Do I Incorporate More of This Amazing Nutrient Into My Diet?

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.

  1. 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 protect you from viruses 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.

  2. When we get a new infection, sometimes our own immune response can overreact flooding the body with inflammatory molecules (this is what happens when a new strain of flu or virus evolves that our body doesn’t recognise). Fucoidans can help to reduce this response making it a very special molecule and a good companion for travellers to exotic locations where tropical diseases are more prevalent.

  3. Fucoidan has a special relationship with our microbiome and can protect the good bacteria within our gut. Fucoidan has been found to help people with chronic gut issues by protecting and enabling the microbiome calming inflammation and supporting 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, heart health and low cancer rates (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)

    Wakame And Mekabu Powder 100g

    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

    SuperGreens with 20% Wakame

    This nutritious green formulation is made up with approx. 20% wakame and mekabu power

                 3. Undaria pinnatafida Fucoidan extract (in capsule form)

    Fucoidan Capsules

    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 maintenance 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

    Fucoidan Ultra Capsules

    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 tabletting 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.

    Further scientific resources for health practitioners.