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Brown Seaweed

December 13, 2011 by staff 

Brown Seaweed, Previous scientific research in animal studies have shown that an antioxidant component of brown seaweed called “Fucoxanthin” has potent fat burning abilities, but also noted that an individual could not eat enough seaweed to achieve beneficial results. Today, concentrated fucoxanthin is available in a pill and is recommended by Dr. Oz as a natural, belly fat-blasting brown seaweed supplement that when eaten with black licorice can raise your metabolism and result in significant weight loss.
A few years ago, researchers reported at the American Chemical Society’s 232nd National Meeting in San Francisco, their findings that the antioxidant fucoxanthin can cause rodents to lose significant amounts of weight in a short time. Fucoxanthin is found in the brown seaweed known commonly as “wakame” in Asian dishes. The researchers determined that fucoxanthin appears to increase the synthesis of a key protein involved in fat metabolism, resulting in a melting away of fat in obese rodents.

At the meeting, the lead researcher of the study pointed out that eating enough brown seaweed to achieve the same weight loss results would be impossible due to that the levels of fucoxanthin are relatively low in the brown seaweed. However, if fucoxanthin were available in a concentrated pill form, then it has potential as a weight loss supplement.

On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz show, Dr. Oz tells his viewers that fucoxanthin from brown seaweed is now available in a concentrated pill form and is recommended as a potent belly blasting fat fighter against obesity. “Brown seaweed has potent powers for burning belly fat,” says Dr. Oz, “but only if you eat it—in a pill form.”

Dr. Oz recommends that the pill form of brown seaweed supplement should be taken in doses of 500 mg (milligrams) per day. He talks briefly about how that brown seaweed contains the active antioxidant fucoxanthin and what clinical research has shown in its ability to fight fat in humans.

“In a 16-week study, people who took this supplement burned more calories—when they were inactive—than what was expected. And you know what? Not only did they lose body fat, but they also lost liver fat and fixed some of the fats in their bloodstream too. So, they got their cholesterol headed in the right direction,” says Dr. Oz. He explains that fucoxanthin works by increasing cellular metabolism, which in turn burns fat.

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