Q. How Does Fucoxanthin Aid in Weight Loss?
A. Scientists are still researching as to how Fucoxanthin exactly works to promote weight loss in the body, but current findings seem to attribute this characteristic to the way it reacts with the protein UCP1 which is responsible for burning the body’s abdominal fat. It also promotes the production of DHA, bringing benefits to the individual’s nervous and cardiovascular health.
Other health benefits of fucoxanthin intake include blood sugar and cholesterol regulation as well as liver detoxification, although additional research on this aspect is still ongoing.
Q.Is Fucoxanthin Proven Effective?
A. A study conducted last 2010 showed that fucoxanthin supplementation of obese mice significantly improved their lipid metabolism as well as significantly reduced their body weight as compared to the control group. An earlier study conducted in 2007 on yet another group of obese mice also showed that the dietary combination of both fucoxanthin and fish oil promotes weight loss and regulates glucose levels.
Several human studies for fucoxanthin have also been conducted. One such study consisted of testing the effects of fucoxanthin supplementation for weight loss on volunteers for a span of 16 weeks. At the end of the time frame the researchers found out that those who took supplementation lost on an average, 15 pounds off their bodies, as compared to the control group who only lost on an average, 3 pounds. Further studies showed that this is because fucoxanthin can make white adipose fat behave in a manner similar to brown fat, burning fats to produce energy in the process.
Experts are also considering fucoxanthin’s anti-cancerous effects. An experiment conducted to test the effects of supplementation on prostate cancer showed that fucoxanthin is able to significantly reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells. Additional studies also added to the evidence for fucoxanthin’s capability for reducing viability of human colon cancer cells. Further studies on this aspect of fucoxanthin is still ongoing.
Q. Will Fucoxanthin Cause Any Side Effects?
A. Supplements derived from brown seaweed contain more iodine than the usual amount that humans need so it is most likely to affect thyroid function. However, since this supplement does not contain more than 25% extract of brown seaweed, it is still relatively safe for consumption and to date there have been no reports of adverse effects. But before taking this supplement, it would be best to consult your doctor first.
For pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, however, caution is necessary. Please do not take this supplement or any other supplement for that matter, without the consent and/or recommendation of your primary healthcare provider.
Q. What is the suggested dosage for taking Fucoxanthin?
A. The recommended dosage for pure Fucoxanthin extracts is 2.4-2.8 mg a day. However, with regard to this supplement, one capsule a day after meals will already do.
Q. How Long Will It Take For Me To See Results?
A. Results would be noticeable after 4-6 weeks of regular use along with exercise and proper diet.