When you think of seaweed, you may think of sushi or you may think of those slimy strings that covered the beach on your recent vacation. Whatever your association, it's no secret seaweed is packed with nutritional benefits, and weight loss is the latest one.
Researchers have found fucoxanthin from seaweed is a natural way to boost your metabolism to promote weight loss. This exciting news means a safer way to shed unwanted pounds without starving or taking supplements full of mystery ingredients.
Where It Comes From
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid derived from a type of brown seaweed. Carotenoids give plants their color. A extract from this particular seaweed, which is found in Japan, researchers have found prevents fat absorption
and helps burn stored fat
. In this 16-week study, participants who took fucoxanthin supplements lost 15 pounds or more, compared to the average of three pounds lost by the placebo group, as reported by Julius Goepp, MD.
The fucoxanthin is combined with pomegranate
seed oil to create a proprietary blend called Xanthigen. This is the key word to look for when shopping for a fucoxanthin supplement, so you know you are getting both the seaweed and the pomegranate seed oil. Pomegranates are rich in vitamins C
and B as well as minerals like potassium
. Their antioxidant
properties are known to help with inflammation, garnering them praise as a superfood. Punicic acid is the key ingredient in this oil, which keeps the fat cells from growing by restricting their blood supply.
Why does it work?
Fucoxanthin has become a favorite among individuals looking to lose weight because it goes after the hardest fats to burn off, specifically, belly fat. This product raises your body's metabolic rate
-- the speed at which you burn calories -- through a thermogenic effect. Essentially, it's generating heat within the body, which causes the body to burn off fat already stored in various areas as a source of energy.
The important thing to note about this product is that it's not a stimulant. Popular stimulants are caffeine or guarana and sugar that affect the central nervous system. These ingredients can make you feel a sudden burst of energy -- even jittery or anxious -- and then a crash later on where you feel depleted. Raising your heart rate in this way is not always safe, which makes an all natural, stimulant-free supplement a smart choice.
How To Take It
Fucoxanthin is available in supplement form, typically as a softgel. On the April 30 episode of "Dr. Oz," Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended you take 200 mg per day to see results. You can take up to 600 mg per day, depending on the product. Be sure to take the softgel with a meal and a full glass of water. As always, drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush your body.
Next time you're at the beach -- maybe running a little faster now that you're trim and slim -- take another look at that slimy seaweed that gets stuck on your foot. These incredible saltwater plants do a lot more than you may think.