Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Brown seaweed

Brown seaweed found remarkably effective at breaking down fat cells, treating diabetes

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 by: NaturalNews
Tags: brown seaweed, ocean vegetables, medicinal herbs

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
(NaturalNews) At the 232nd American Chemical Society National Meeting held in San Francisco today, Dr. Kazuo Miyashita from Hokkaido University reported on animal studies that suggest wakame -- a brown seaweed often used to flavor Asian soups and salads -- can promote weight loss and fight diabetes.

Miyashita and colleagues theorize the compound fucoxanthin is primarily responsible for the food's beneficial effects. When laboratory rats and mice were fed wakame, it induced expression of the fat-burning protein known as UCP1. The protein builds up in fatty tissue around internal organs, and the study results suggested that when UCP1 expression is induced by fucoxanthin, it helps with the oxidation of fatty acids and production of heat energy in fat tissue mitochondria. Mitochondria are found in every cell and create energy from sugar and fatty acids, and regulate metabolism.

Wakame's anti-diabetes effect, the researchers hypothesize, is probably due to fucoxanthin's promotion of the synthesis of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- a fatty acid that can be found in fish oil -- in the liver. When the animals were fed fucoxanthin and soybean oil, their DHA levels reached a level comparable to that achieved by fish oil supplementation, according to the researchers.

These results, combined with previous studies by Miyashita and colleagues that found fucoxanthin can kill prostate cancer cells in culture, lead the team to propose the compound could be a great preventative agent for many diseases.

Health advocate Mike Adams is a proponent of wakame for its health benefits, and recommends Modifilan.com as a source for brown seaweed, although he receives no money or kickbacks of any kind for promoting the company or its products. "The natural medicinal effects of this ocean plant are simply astounding," Adams said. "In addition to promoting weight loss and preventing prostate cancer, this plant can treat radiation sickness, improve body mineralization, support healthy thyroid function and even block the growth of breast cancer tumors."


STAY INFORMED! Free subscription to the Health Ranger's email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.