Fucoxanthin benefits include weight loss, potential help for diabetics, and potential help in cancer research.
Animal studies indicate using fucoxanthin may reduce blood sugar levels and insulin. The effect appears to come from the fact that it promotes the production of DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. DHA is known for its ability to improve insulin sensitivity, and promote healthy cholesterol by reducing the levels of triglycerides and LDL or the “bad” cholesterol in the blood stream.
Increased levels of DHA in the body may also help to fight against depression, by helping to enhance the mood and improving the communication between neurotransmitters.
Though it is far too early in the research process to indicate whether or not this could be a viable treatment option for cancer patients, test tube studies indicate that fucoxanthin has anti-tumor affects, suggesting that it may one day be able to treat and prevent various forms and types of cancer. The current fucoxanthin testing uses both prostate and colon cancer as a basis. The results look promising, but it will take years of testing and human clinical trials to determine how well, if it all, the body will respond to it as a treatment.
Fucoxanthin is a source of antioxidants, which may help protect the body from free radical damage caused by a number of things in our diet and environment. It is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.
We are not doctors. The information provided throughout this website is provided for informational purposes only. Please see a medical professional before using fucoxanthin to treat any medical condition.