If you’ve read our blog before, you’re no stranger to the many health benefits of seaweed. Few foods have the wide array of health benefits of this marine algae. Researchers all over the globe have uncovered the different ways in which seaweed has boosted heart health, dietary health and even been used in the treatment of disease.
But are all seaweed species as potent and life-changing as the rest? In our experience, different types of seaweed display different health benefits – depending on the outcome you want. For those who want to learn more about the benefits of taking brown seaweed supplements, here are some key ways in which they can change lives for the better.
Seaweed is a rich source of dietary fiber that contributes to GI and gut microbiome health. In general, people who regularly consume seaweed or seaweed supplements have a healthier GI tract. That said, there are some nuanced differences between the digestive benefits of brown seaweed and red seaweed. For example, red seaweed has higher percentages of soluble fiber, which can contribute to better weight management and stabilized blood sugar levels. But it’s brown seaweed that elevates gut health.
Researchers have determined that brown seaweed species like Fucus vesiculosus and Laminaria digitata contain greater amounts of insoluble fiber content. Because insoluble fiber is indigestible, it absorbs other fluids and byproducts that might otherwise remain in the gastrointestinal system for longer periods of time. Better still, insoluble fiber helps with the prevention and treatment of hemorrhoids and even protects against colon cancer.
As a whole, seaweed is known as a great way to improve the brain gut connection. It helps your enteric nervous system, which boosts mood and fights depression when functioning at their peak, and it is replete with antioxidants that minimize the impact of oxidative stress on human brain cells. Along with all of those health benefits, it appears as if brown seaweed can even help people win the fight against neurological diseases.
Studies in China explored the potency of oligomannate, a polysaccharide derived from brown seaweed, as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Early results indicate that after four weeks of regular consumption, patients taking oligomannate had improved cognition compared to the control group. Now, the USDA is conducting Phase 3 trials of this seaweed-based product (known as GREEN MEMORY), which could erode the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques that prevent healthy neurological cell function.
What if brown seaweed can just help your whole body run more efficiently? A growing body of evidence suggests that the key carotenoid, or fat-soluble pigment, found in brown seaweed can do just that. Studies show that the pigment, known as fucoxanthin, can help human physiological functions in a broad range of ways.
Even when extracted, fucoxanthin is useful as an anti-obesity, anti-tumor, anti-diabetes, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement. Combined with its protective effects on the cardiovascular system, there’s little that brown seaweed can’t do for you.
Want to learn more about the full benefits of taking brown seaweed supplements? Reach out to a member of Acadian SeaPlus™ to learn the benefits for your customers.