Fucoidan, which is used mostly as a component of health supplements, is known to be show different efficacy, depending on types of brown seaweeds, as they have different molecular structure.
Mozuku fucoidan extracted from Okinawa in Japan is the most popular type of fucoidan. Okinawa is well known for its clear, beautiful pristine sea waters, and life longevity. Mozuku fucoidan which is widely used, cannot be easily extracted. One kilogram of Mozuku is required in order to obtain one gram of fucoidan. Compared to other fucoidan extracts, Mozuku fucoidan has shown to have a higher apoptosis inducing effect on cancer cells.
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Mekabu is the ruffled, flowering sprout located at the base of the sea vegetable Wakame Undaria pinnatifida just above the root. In Wakame, most of the fucoidan is found in mekabu. One of the uniqueness of mekabu fucoidan is that it contains more than 34% of sulfated groups. Areas like Tasmania in Australia and Patagonia in Argentina are well-known for very clean oceans. They have plenty of unpolluted natural wakame, which makes the area possible to be one of the most collected mekabu fucoidan in the world. According to some studies from Japan, Mekabu has been shown to be more effective in suppressing cancer Angiogenesis than other Fucoidan extracts.
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Fucus fucoidan has a long history. The fucoidan is extracted from Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) which is a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Fucus, the primary monosaccharide which is a part of polysaccharide of fucoidan, named after Fucus vesiculosus contained in Bladderwrack. Since discovering fucoidan, there have been many researches with fucus-extract fucoidan. Many studies present anti-cancer effect, anti-inflammation effect, immune-boosting effect, and alleviating joint pain effect. It’s also known as a great supporter for intestinal health and a powerful antioxidant.
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