||Extensive research has been ongoing for the benefits
of seaweed. In particular, the Takara Shuzo's Biomedical Research Laboratories and the Research Institute for Glycotechnology
Advancement worked together to find more about this unique substance U-fucoidan. In order to study its chemical
structure, they also used a specific technique called pyridlamination.
Even though fucoidan has been characterized with the ability to reduce cholesterol levels, and to act as both an
anti-contraceptive and an anti-tumor agent, not enough research has been conducted to have a definitive consensus.
One thing for certain is that these two groups have confirmed that fucoidan does cause certain types of growing
cancer cells to self-destruct, a phenomenon called apoptosis. This is different from necrosis, where cells are
destroyed because of external stimuli such as physical damage or toxic substances. Programmed into the natural
makeup of cells, is this apoptosis mechanism. For cells to self-destruct, this mechanism is triggered and the cell's
DNA is rendered useless through the activation of the deoxyribonuclease found within the cell itself.
This phenomenon has been observed in human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL-60 cell line), human stomach
cancer cells (AGS cell line), human colon cancer cells (HCT-116 cell line), and cancer cells of the descending
colon (SW-480 cell line/WiDr cell line). Interestingly, these cancer cells were destroyed without affecting normal
cells. More research is still underway on this unique phenomenon.
have shown that FUCOIDAN can:
levels resulting from the way that enzymes
breakdown fatty acids in the liver
by slowing down the release of glucose into the blood
from increasing the production of immune cells or
natural killer cells (NK cells)
by increasing the production of integrin, a protein that
helps in skin repair and firmness
because of the increase of NK cells
by promoting the production of fibronetin which plays an
important part in keeping joints flexible
because of fucoidan's antiviral properties
of cancer cells through a process called apoptosis
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