Seaweed contains a very important molecule called fucoidan.
Fucoidan is a long chain molecule that has long been studied for its miracle anti-aging properties that is prevalent in Japanese culture. Japanese culture emphasizes the importance of nutrition and the belief that “food is medicine”, much unlike the Western Diet that places pharmaceuticals on top, and nutrition hidden somewhere beneath. Specifically, Okinawa inhabitants have a diet rich in Wakame seaweed, which contains the highest concentrations of Fucoidan. Okinawa is also known for its high concentration of centenarians (people who are at least a century old), which researchers believe is linked to their fucoidan-rich diet. The anti-aging effects are associated with Fucoidan’s remarkable ability to facilitate tissue regeneration, immune function as well as improving cell-to- cell communication. Not only is fucoidan known for its anti-aging effects, it is also believed to combat cancer, metabolic syndrome and other degenerative disorders.
Fucoidan can protect healthy tissues in the body, while also having the ability to facilitate healing and tissue regeneration.Researchers have also found it contains properties such as inducing apoptosis in cancer cells, as well as containing antiviral properties that can fight off viral infections. U. pinnatifida fucoidan provides strong immune system support by destroying invading pathogens due to its ability to increase growth of T cells, a white blood cell that plays a central role in the innate immune system. Fucoidan also enhances the excretion of these invaders by its ability to bind to foreign toxins, completely removing these toxins from the body.