Health Benefits of Brown Seaweed And Fucoxanthin

Brown seaweed has long been part of Japanese cuisine, and is available in many Asian grocery stores throughout the United States. Americans are now more likely than ever to include in their diets for the health benefits it has to offer.

Brown seaweed contains an ingredient known as fucoxanthin, that is showing a great deal of promise in research studies. Since fucoxanthin increases the body’s natural DHA production, it may be beneficial in protecting against heart disease. Fucoxanthin is an antioxidant, which helps to protect the body from various forms of cancer by destroying free radicals and reducing the amount of damage they cause.

Animal studies have shown it helps to burn fat and boost the metabolism by tricking white fat (the bad fats typically stored around the organs) into acting like brown fat (the good, healthy fat we need) in the body. Test tube studies have shown fucoxanthin may have anti-tumor effects. This has been tested with both prostate and colon cancers.

Brown seaweed is available most commonly in noodle form, and in supplement form. For most people, the supplement form is more practical, simply because not only is it more widely available, but also it is more palatable.

Supplementation is recommended for those who are looking to get the scientific benefits of brown seaweed, because it is naturally high in iodine. Too much natural seaweed, or the amount required to see health benefits, may lead to iodine poisoning. Supplement manufacturers have removed the iodine from their products, making them the safer route to take.

For the curious, fucoxanthin can also be found in red and green seaweeds, though it most concentrated in brown.

Would you ever eat seaweed? Do you eat it? How do you feel about it? Share your thoughts with us!


About Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson is a 26-year-old freelance writer with a passion for healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Read her blog for healthy living tips. When she’s not writing, Cindy loves to hike in the mountains of North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, son, and a small assortment of dogs. Facebook | Twitter


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  2. Ruth Martin says:

    I must admit, the first thought that comes to my mind when I think of seaweed is – eewww! I would likely try it in supplement form though :) I am funny about eating anything that tastes strange. I have not heard of people using seaweed for themselves much, but I did now that it was considered good for a plant fertilizer.

  3. I have a real ugly family medical history and I’m always afraid that one day I might develop cancer or heart disease, because so many of my relatives died from one disorder or another. My uncle died in his late 40’s due to a massive heart attack and my dad suffered the same fate in his early 50’s. Cancer is on my mother’s side of the family and I can never relax. This is why I always look for natural foods that can help me prevent the illnesses that run in my family and brown seaweed will most definitely be part of my diet from here on.

  4. I learn so many things from this blog and it’s become one of my favorite on the web. Anyways I love all the health benefits of brown seaweed and I’ll definitely be adding this to my diet along with resveratrol supplement. The great thing is I can take both brown seaweed and resveratrol in convenient supplement forms and that’ll give me all daily intake needed to reap the benefit from them.

  5. Soumya, my friend across the street is an amazing chef. She makes great dishes and sometimes adds brown see weed .. she would be delighted to hear about the health benefits now ..

    gonna share the post with her right-away

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  7. matt neymeyer says:

    I have eaten seaweed before and must say, I didn’t care for it so i will definitely be looking for this in supplement form.

  8. I’ll definitely go with the supplement form since I want to get most benefit out of each serving. Noodle is fine too since I enjoy trying out new and different cuisines, but when it comes to brown seaweed it looks like you can’t go wrong with the supplements.

  9. Definitely give brown seaweed a try! I’ve been using it for 6 months now and I’m amazed with the results. This is a great article if you’ve never tried it before!

  10. I think that some of the best recipes out there for brown seaweed are for soups. It supposedly helps to dilute the taste. Is there a brown seaweed pill format?

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