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Brown Algae, also simply called Fucus, is mainly used as a source of iodine and other trace elements.

Fucus algae could be just the thing for your health.

Fucus belongs to the Phaeophyta family and it is a seaweed, characterized by a brown pigment (fucoxanthin), particularly rich in a viscous substance from which the main beneficial substances are extracted.

These include vitamins B1, C, E, mucopolysaccharides, polyphenols, and several minerals, such as iodine, potassium and magnesium.

Seaweed is remarkably useful because thanks to the components listed above, it is able to stimulate the metabolism and promote body weight loss.

Allo stesso tempo agevola anche il corretto transito intestinale. Non a caso viene spesso utilizzata per la perdita di peso.

In some cases it is used in treatments to combat various imperfections such as cellulite, caused by water retention and adipose accumulations.

Fucus vesiculosus, also known as Sea Oak, is a brown alga of the Fucacee family particularly rich in iodine. It is found in large quantities especially in the Atlantic and Mediterranean coldest seas and coasts.

Fucus is an algae best known for its iodine-rich value.

Iodine is a mineral used by our bodies that helps regulate the production of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine.

Iodine is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid and is fundamental for the correct balance of body metabolism.

In fact, those who suffer from hypothyroidism will be able to benefit greatly from the intake of this seaweed.

The ability of Fucus to accelerate body metabolism is exploited to solve problems related to obesity, to treat cellulite, to reduce water retention, and to promote weight loss especially during the climacteric.

Those who have already had the opportunity to try treatments based on Brown Alga, have considered the remedy very effective to regain their ideal weight, but the first results will be visible only after a few weeks from the beginning of the integration. Then it will be regular and constant.

It is clear, however, that seaweed alone cannot work miracles, but must always be associated with a healthy and balanced diet as well as regular physical activity.

Since seaweed is able to stimulate thyroid activity and accelerate the basic metabolism, it is clear that a dietary supplement based on products formulated with this plant will promote weight loss and the progressive reduction of fat mass.

Heart and cardiovascular system will also benefit because the substances contained in it will regulate the synthesis of lipids and the presence of sugars in the blood, in order to keep blood sugar levels under control.

Fucus is a stimulator of metabolism and this property is exploited to fight the problem of obesity, cellulite and water retention, reduce weight gain in women after menopause.

Fucus is also currently used as an adjuvant against skin infections and tumors.

Source: Geomar Helmholtz Oceanographic Research Center in Kiel, Germany.

Thanks also to advanced research and the use of automated tools, bio-active compounds present in this alga have been isolated in record time.

The brown seaweed Fucus vesiculosus has been found to inhibit the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (Mrsa) bacteria responsible for several infections.

A fungus (Pyrenochaetopsis) has also been isolated in the seaweed that can effectively kill skin cancer cells, especially in melanoma with low cytotoxicity.

Although there are not enough studies that provide useful data, we do not recommend taking it for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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Let's find out some pharmacological activities
of this wonderful brown algae:

In brown seaweed are present alginates (30% / 45%) that form a thick viscous gel that covers and protects the mucosa of the stomach.

Thanks to this action it is able to reduce acid secretion (1) and is also effective against gastro-esophageal reflux.

Not everyone knows that brown seaweed significantly reduces the glycemic index and triglyceride levels (in vivo studies).(2).

Alginates activate a glycoprotein present on the surface of fibroblasts and involved in collagen synthesis (3).  Moreover, according to a recent study, a 1% aqueous extract of Fucus applied locally would have demonstrated anti-aging activity that could be exploited in numerous cosmetic formulations (4). 

If we consider that man is made of billions of cells. Fucus is therefore an excellent natural element that helps to slow down the aging process. 

It is no coincidence that our products fall under the acronym ABAMAV (Anti bacterial anti fungal anti viral).

Fucus is effective in fighting infections by Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, . The antimicrobial action is due to some marine bacteria isolated on the surface of Fucus, and are capable of synthesizing antibiotics. Something completely innovative as a chemical structure. (5).

Fucus contains a considerable amount of fucoidan which has an important anticoagulant activity. (6). Il fucoidano svolge inoltre un’azione antinfiammatoria anche in fase acuta.

The antiviral action is linked in particular to a series of polysaccharides and polyphenols present in Brown Algae.

Some polysaccharides present (in vitro) an antioxidant action that could be exploited in the food industry (7).

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Fucus: contraindications

Fucus alga can be consumed without any problem, however it is always advisable to pay attention to some important precautions.

Despite its many benefits, especially for those who suffer from hypothyroidism, fucus is contraindicated for those who suffer from hyperthyroidism. Therefore be careful not to confuse one with the other.

Hypothyroidism = YES (stimulate the thyroid gland and its hormone production)

Hyperthyroidism = NO (because it has a high amount of iodine)

It is not recommended in pregnancy or during lactation or if you suffer from any pathology and in this case it is better to consult your doctor in order to better understand the correct quantity to be taken.

If consumed in excess, it can give side effects such as nausea and diarrhea, because of the presence of alginates and mannitol.