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Fucoidan - anti-cancer ingredient in seaweed

Natural compound in seaweed kills cancer cells

Fucoidan is a natural compound found in various forms of seaweed like kombu, limu, wakame and mozuku plus animals like the sea cucumber.

Research studies in 2002 and 2005 have labelled Fucoidan as an exciting new ingredient with potential for cancer treatment. Seaweeds containing fucoidan have been found to have anti-tumor activity in mice and Japanese researchers at the Biomedical Research Laboratories have found that Fucoidan caused leukaemia, lymphoma, colorectal and stomach cancer cells to self-destruct. Fucoidan has also been found to have significant immune-boosting effects, and can even reduce blood cholesterol levels and is effective in cases of meningitis!

Fucoidan is found in two forms: F-fucoidan, a complex sulphated polysaccharide containing the sulphuric ester L-fucose; and U-fucoidan containing the trace elements galactose, xylose, and about 20- per cent glucuronic acid. About 4 per cent of the dry weight of seaweed is fucoidan.

Now studies show lymphoma responds to fucoidan

Researchers from the Hashemite University in Jordan at the AACR Dead Sea International Conference on Advances in Cancer Research working on previous studies that the extract from common brown seaweed causes cancer cell death (apoptosis) and shrinks tumours, have found that fucoidan suppressed cancer cell growth and caused a significant increase in apoptosis, or cellular death, in lymphoma cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

Lymphoma is divided into two classes, Hodgkin´s and non-Hodgkin´s, which are in turn further classified into B-cell and T-cell groups.

´Some forms of B-cell lymphoma are especially resistant to standard treatment and thus new therapies are needed´, said Professor Mohammad Irhimeh adding, ´in this study, we looked at a new treatment strategy using novel active compounds derived from a natural source seaweed.´

Clinical Trials are planned.

Please be clear: At CANCERactive we do not consider the above compound to be a cure for cancer, despite what the research says or experts doing the research may claim. The above, is an article on the compound from published research and expert opinion in the public domain. At CANCERactive we do not believe that any single compound (drug, vitamin, whatever) is a cure for cancer. We believe that people can significantly increase their personal odds of survival by building an Integrated Programme of treatments. Equally, cancer prevention is best practiced through a width of measures.

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