What’s the Deal With Ugly Brown Seaweed?

What’s the Deal With Ugly Brown Seaweed

Brown Seaweed

Doesn’t sound that appetizing does it? But this is one amazing natural product that has been hitting the headlines for the past few years. I wasn’t convinced to begin with, but I have to admit that it’s well worth finding out more about it. You’ve probably heard of Dr Oz. Well even this guy has plenty to say about how cool and how beneficial brown seaweed could be. If that hasn’t got you interested, keep reading because you’re about to find out how it may have the power to change your life.

Let’s start at the beginning. What on earth is brown seaweed?

Well to state the obvious, brown seaweed is just what it sounds like. It’s seaweed from the sea and it’s brown. In fact this isn’t some rare and exotic type of seaweed; you’ve probably seen it with your own two eyes if you’ve ever gone to the beach. You’ve probably heard of bladderwrack before – this is one of the best known types of brown seaweed around. Its posh name is Fucus vesiculosus is also one of the types of brown seaweed that is used in various medicines and treatments. Another common type is Laminaria japonica.

It has been discovered that brown seaweed contains something called fucoxanthin. This has been noted in studies to be able to boost weight loss in overweight people. Now that sounds impressive but unfortunately brown seaweed doesn’t naturally contain enough of the stuff to make a difference. It certainly doesn’t make it worth sitting down and eating as much brown seaweed as you can get your hands on so you get the required amount of fucoxanthin.

But the story doesn’t end there. This seaweed is already used in a number of natural products to lead to potential health benefits in other ways, not just for weight loss. I’ll share some more information with you about that in just a moment. But in addition to this the Japanese in particular use a lot of brown seaweed in their food. It’s great for flavoring so if you love Japanese food and you want to cook some at home it certainly wouldn’t do you any harm to start introducing brown seaweed into your diet.

What has Dr Oz got to say about it?

The Dr Oz Show is incredibly popular and shares a lot of good and startling information about various natural products among other things. He had a lot of good things to say about brown seaweed when he talked about it on a recent program during the latter part of 2011.

His show focused on the potential ability the brown seaweed has to help people lose weight. Now he was careful to note that the ideal way to do this was not to eat the seaweed itself. As I mentioned above, while brown seaweed does have fucoxanthin in it, you won’t get enough of it from eating the seaweed in its natural form.

Luckily you don’t have to. This is because you can buy a natural supplement that has taken this part of the brown seaweed and concentrated it into a pill form. This means all you have to do is to take the supplement every day as directed, and it could help you lose weight. Dr Oz reckoned that 500mg a day would be right for most people.

The best news of all is that this magic ingredient seems to have the power to burn belly fat. Now this is an area of fat that a lot of people have trouble losing. But Dr Oz has the following to say about it: “Brown seaweed has potent powers for burning belly fat, but only if you eat it in a pill form.”

Remember that as you keep on reading.

The health benefits don’t stop with belly fat…

Okay so we know that this particular ingredient of brown seaweed is super cool when it comes to helping you get rid of any excess body fat, but does it have any other great qualities? Can it help you get a healthier body in other ways as well?

It looks as if this might be the case. When brown seaweed and extracts from it are used in natural medicine, they are used to tackle such conditions as stomach problems, cellulite and other skin conditions. Some also believe it can help reduce fatigue and even help with protecting the body against harmful cells. Seaweed is believed to contain antioxidants, which can help the body fight off oxidant molecules. These can be extremely harmful over time, so it makes sense that if you can increase the amount of antioxidant foods you are ingesting, you’ll have a much better shot of staying healthy.

This is another reason why some people think it’s a great idea to use brown seaweed as an ingredient in certain dishes. It will help increase your level of antioxidants even before you think about taking your fucoxanthin supplements.

What’s the best approach to adding brown seaweed to your diet?

For my money I think it’s best to focus on eating more healthily as well as taking the supplement containing the active part of brown seaweed. You don’t want to keep on eating the same diet if you are looking to try and lose your belly fat. With a sensible diet to help you lose weight, this supplement may help you reduce your belly fat even faster than you would be able to normally.

Of course it could be that you have other health conditions you want to try and help by taking the supplement too. Hopefully more research will be done into the effects of brown seaweed and its component parts so we’ll learn more about how it affects the body. So far the research has been limited and there is no definitive proof to back up the various benefits that brown seaweed could have. Many believe it is worth taking the supplement every day in the hope that their belly fat will disappear and their bodies remain healthy and immune to certain conditions and afflictions.

So, is brown seaweed the magic panacea for fat loss and health that everyone has been looking for? It seems it certainly may have some pretty awesome properties and with high profile health gurus like Dr. Oz touting the benefits, it may well be worth grabbing a bottle in pill form. Start with a healthy diet, and add some brown seaweed in addition, and you just may reap the fat loss effects and health benefits you have been looking for.



  1. Dear Concern,
    Please let me know if there is any connection between Liver Spots and Brown Seaweed as I came to know that BS is a major effective medicine for Liver Spots.
    Also please suggest where can we get these tablets in India.

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  3. Ice been taking brown seaweed the supplement, from my health food store. It’s been about 2 weeks (15 days exact) and I’ve lost 3.5 inches off my waist!! It’s worth a try, and it’s fairly inexpensive >$30

  4. Surely doesn’t sound appetising ..sometimes can’t help ..need to loose weight .. can I add brown seeweed to salad? Directly consumable?

  5. Asians and I think especially the Koreans and the Japanese eat a lot of seaweed and in general those people are healthier than us Westerners. I’m not saying that the seaweed is the sole reason they’re healthier than us, but there is a lot to learn from the traditional Asian diet. From what I know heart diseases and cancer became a lot more common among Asians as soon as they adopted the Western diet, so that’s another reason why people might want to learn a thing or two from the Asians.

  6. I love what brown seaweed has done for my weight loss. I used to cringe at the sight of it, so it was tough to swallow at first, but I take it every day now!

  7. There are some supplement companies out there that sell seaweed pills, but they’re usually mixed in with other ingredients. I say the more pure you can get this stuff, the better. Great article!

  8. Hmm, I’ve never actually tried seaweed for weight loss before. I’m glad you posted all of this since I usually don’t watch Dr. Oz. Might have to give this a try! Thanks!

  9. Where can I buy brown seaweed?

  10. Can you take brown seaweed with african mango pills for weight loss?

  11. Where can I purchase brown seaweed?

  12. Rajon Collins says:

    Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, thankyou .

  13. Kathe Kassabian says:

    Superb post. I am presently struggling with some of these challenges too.

  14. What is the big deal about seaweed, of any color? I am not a vegetable person so getting me to eat seaweed is going to be next to impossible already. I understand that it is supposed to be really good for you but do they have recipes that you can put it in or is it in a vitamin form? If I could take it in a vitamin form that would be preferable.

  15. I never knew there were so many benefits to eating seaweed. I have tried to get my family to try it and have had no success. Do you happen to know of any recipes that would hide it better than just trying to make it like spinach? It sounds like it has more vitamins and benefits than spinach does so I would like to eat it more. Please help.

  16. From what I understand this brown seaweed is very good for you and it really doesn’t taste that bad because it is disguised by the food around it. From what I gather the green seaweed is the bad stuff and Japanese people eat it all the time in soup which I guess is really, really salty. Thank you for posting this, I wasn’t able to watch the video but that is ok.

  17. I don’t see what the big deal is. If Dr. Oz says it is god for you than I reckon it is good for you. Not to mention if you find a recipe that uses it then you won’t be looking at the ugliness of it and you won’t taste how bad it tastes either. This was a very interesting article and I appreciate the information, is there a pill form you can get this in to take it easier?

  18. I did notice that Doctor OZ has been proclaiming the benefits of brown sea weed and its main ingredient, fucoxanthin. You need only do a Google search to see that it’s becoming a catch phrase. I also fount that concentrated fucoxanthin is available in a pill as a natural, belly fat-blasting brown seaweed supplement that when eaten with 2milliliters of a black licorice extract can raise your metabolism and result in significant weight loss.

  19. I don’t care how ugly this seaweed actually is I am going to give it a try if it is supposed to be that good for you and help with that many ailments. You have done a great job getting this information out there and I can’t wait to try it. I do plan to look up some recipes, if I find some that are good I would be more than happy to post them.

  20. So now that I have been enlightened about the benefits of this common oceanic grass, I would like to know where I can get it in a more concentrated supplement form. What I wonder though is whether there would be enough nutrients even in a concentrated supplement form. I am trying to lose about five pounds of belly fat. And once I accomplish burning that excess fat, I will be ripped and with washboard abdominals.

  21. This was very interesting. I’m going to write an email to the Doctors show and see what they have to say about it. You have a very good article here and the more I can find out about how you can use it and the benefits the better off I’ll be. Thank you so much for turning me on to this I’m a bit of a health nut so this is great news.

  22. This was a really great article I had no idea that brown seaweed was any different then green seaweed really, I just thought it had been out in the sun longer or something. Are the nutritional values the same for both or is one better than the other? I haven’t had seaweed in food before, do they make it in a pill form like a vitamin?

  23. This brown seaweed does not sound like something I would want to eat in my sushi. And since there are only trace elements of fucoxanthin (whatever that is), then I guess I don’t have to worry about making it an acquired taste. It is as easy to consume in the form of a supplement vitamin. I’d say that is good news. Burning belly fat is my primary reason for wanting to try this supplement product.

  24. I know that this ugly brown seaweed is really gross looking but I also understand that it is very healthy for you as well. Have you ever had seaweed soup? I have and it is very salty but I think it was made with green seaweed as well so I don’t know how the brown tastes. I am really glad that it was endorsed by Dr. Oz that means it has to be good right?

  25. I believe that I actually saw the Oprah show that Dr. Oz talked about the benefits of seaweed. If I remember correctly he had some recipes and things to use it in. I will have to do some research and see if I can find those or not. Thank you for posting this information I had no idea that it helped with belly fat as well.

  26. Seaweed is usually thought of as an extremely healthy food; it is rich in vitamin B-12, calcium, iodine, iron, folic acid and other vitamins and minerals. Scientific studies of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have shown that eating seaweed has proved beneficial in decreasing stress, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and preventing cancer. So, does this mean that we are re-discovering yet another ancient piece of knowledge? After all, the Ark of the Covenant is believed to have been an algae producing mechanism.

  27. I wonder if this type of “beach seaweed is ever used in any kinds of sushi. And since we need it in concentrated form, I guess there is a plug or link somewhere on this page or blog so we can buy a supplement that contains enough amounts of this nutrient. Now that I know what I know, maybe I won’t shun that slimy brown weed next time it floats near me at the beach.

  28. I have had seaweed soup before when we had a student from Japan stay with us and it is very salty but it wasn’t brown seaweed it was green. Is brown seaweed as salty as green? Can you purchase this anywhere or do you have to order it? How much does brown seaweed actually cost? Thank you for posting this information I am looking forward to trying it.

  29. Well you had a great article here and you have really done your research into brown seaweed. I have heard of this before and I have heard of the krill oil as well but I haven’t tried them yet. I have been trying to get rid of my belly fat for years and if this will help me do that I will certainly give it a try. Can you get this anywhere ?

    • Lukas Meier says:

      All seaweed use in japanese cooking is brown seaweed, containing the fat burning substance.

      Krill oil is praised because of a carotinoid and omega3, but not for fatburning.

      In reality no matter if Krill, salmon or seal oil…all the benefical stuff is not produced by animals but is only in there because the prey of those animals ate phytoplancton, the only source of essential fatty acids, carotines or fucoxanthin.

      Wakame is a brown seaweed and commonly used in misosoup.

      But also phytoplankton like spirulina does contain fucoxanthin..and you can get spirulina as powder or tablets.

      I guess a steady supply of spirulina/brown algaes in your diet every day, will have an effect even when the fucoxanthin is bound to protein, just like lycopin from raw tomatoes is less good absorbed than from cooked, but a steady supply in the diet will have good results instead of just eating lycopine rich foods only some times a week.

  30. I knew I had heard of this ugly brown seaweed somewhere before. Sure enough, it was on the Dr. Oz talk show. He is on the forefront of all the cutting edge nutritional research. Dr. Oz also was one of the first to announce that Grill oil (which is the plankton from the bottom of the food chain) assimilates faster and more efficiently than Omega 3 fish oil Both these supplements don’t seem tasty, but they sure are healthy.

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