Fucoidan found in brown seaweed proves beneficial in increasing healthy cells

AUSTIN, TX – A recent study administered by the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, determined that among the healthy benefits of brown seaweed, fucoidan extract (FE) drastically improves the therapeutic efficacy and safety of disease treatments. While the study began to investigate the anti-tumor properties of FE in human cancer cells and further examine its functionality, the results were overwhelmingly optimistic that fucoidan has a positive effect on the human body.

The Seaweed Bath Co.™ has long recognized the health benefits of brown seaweed through thalassotherapy and “seaweed soaks” for overall therapeutic effects on the skin and metabolic system. Its line of seaweed-based personal-care products rely on oceanic remedies–extracts and derivatives of sustainably-harvested bladderwrack seaweed, a type of brown seaweed that contains fucoidan and iodine to detoxify, stimulate the thyroid and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Bladderwrack seaweed is also rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and nutrients, which hydrates the skin and soothes irritation often associated with various sensitive skin conditions.

While the effects of bladderwrack are not considered a medically substantiated cure for illnesses, it is commonly used to actively alleviate symptoms. Chock full of beta-carotene, iodine, bromine, potassium and many other minerals, the main use of bladderwrack in herbal medicine is its powerful treatment for hypothyroidism and goiter. While it has also been known to alleviate menopausal symptoms, brown seaweeds (including fucoidan, fucoxanthin, alginic acid and laminarin) now have been shown to inhibit cancer cell proliferation[1].

The Seaweed Bath Co.™ is continuing to harness medical and holistic education and expand its product line in order to bring unique, never-before-seen products for people concerned with sensitive skin, illness and wanting overall improved health. Current research and development is focused on new delivery methods in order for the powerful nutrients and healing properties of bladderwrack seaweed to be applied at its most effective.

For further information on the study, “Fucoidan Extract Induces Apoptosis in MCF-7 Cells via a Mechanism Involving the ROS-Dependent JNK Activation and Mitochondria-Mediated Pathways” by Zhongyuan Zhang (Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan), Kilchiro Teruya (Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan), Hiroshi Eto (Daiichi Sangyo Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan) and Sanetaka Shirahata (Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan), visit http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0027441.

About The Seaweed Bath Co.

The Seaweed Bath Co. LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin with nutrient-rich bladderwrack seaweed combined with high-quality, all-natural ingredients from around the world. The company is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created the seaweed-based personal care products to take control of his skin condition without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Grossman launched the Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products, free of dyes, parabens and sulfates, with the world. Discover the line at select spas, Whole Foods locations and online at www.seaweedbathco.com.

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