Oct 4, 2009

Seaweed - Fucoxanthin Extract

Fucoxanthin is a natural compound found in brown seaweed. For hundreds of years Asian cultures have consumed seaweed as a regular part of their diet. When researchers realized Asian cultures were much healthier than those in the west, Asian diets were examined. Brown seaweed was one of the food sources that interested these researchers and Fucoxanthin was found to be a benefit of this diet. Over the years researchers found many interesting results surrounding seaweed and the Fucoxanthin extracted from this seaweed.

Today Fucoxanthin extract is found in a long line of Fucoxanthin supplements available to the public. The extract has several common uses and people all over the world are consuming Fucoxanthin and Fucoxanthin extract for these reasons. Continual research continues to reveal surprising results and the extract has become quite popular as new research results are revealed.

There are several extraction processes that are utilized to extract Fucoxanthin from the brown seaweed. One process utilizes organic compounds in the extraction process while another uses a freeze dried method. Both processes result in extraction of Fucoxanthin from the brown seaweed found in supplements today.

As stated above Fucoxanthin is found in brown seaweed and this brown seaweed may be the best natural source of Fucoxanthin. But seaweed is not palatable to many people where Fucoxanthin extract in gel cap form is quite easy to ingest with no unpleasant taste. Another benefit of these supplements is the high dosages available in supplements. If a little is good then surely more must be better, that's the motto for many and these supplement manufacturers seem to subscribe to this line of thought as well. You can find Gel caps containing as little as 5 mg all the way to 1200mg available for purchase.