Fucoidan Sea Weed – The Future of Cancer Treatment?
Could fucoidan sea weed be a future of treatment for cancers? Sea weed used as a treatment or prevention of disease goes back at least as far as ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians used sea weed to treat breast cancer. Interestingly today’s postmenopausal Japanese women have only one-ninth the amount of breast cancer as do women in the United States.
There are many studies that have been and still being carried out using fucoidan. At the pub med site alone there are well over 900 studies on health benefits of fucoidan and about 90 studies specific to fucoidan as a future cancer treatment.
Fucoidan is a complex polysaccharide composed in large part of fucopyranoside and natural sulfate that is found in certain brown seaweeds. Some of the seaweeds that fucoidan is found in are kombu, wakame, mozuku, hijiki, limu, plus animals like the sea cucumber. It has anti-tumor properties and studies have shown in petrie dishes that this substance causes certain types of rapidly growing cancer cells to self-destruct.
What are cancer cells and why are they so dangerous?
Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells. Cells are always dying and being born. Cells that form a cancer will display uncontrolled growth, be invasive intruding upon and destroying adjacent tissues, and can spread through the lymphatic and blood systems to other parts of the body. Cancer cells are so deadly because they do not die off. They live and multiply forever.
Cancer cells when in the presence of certain substances, such as fucoidan, and placed in an unusual environmental condition may self destruct and disappear altogether. This phenomenon of self destruction is called apoptosis. Apoptosis is a normal process, old cells naturally die off and new ones are born. The body will activate a natural program that is in the makeup of cells that renders the blueprint, the DNA, useless. By doing this the body manages to eliminate harmful cells from their systems. Our bodies are beautiful creations as all this can happen without any harm to the normal, healthy cells.
There has to be some truth to the thought that fucoidan can be the future of cancer treatment. Sea weed, also know as sea vegetables, have been a mainstay of the Japanese diet from the ancient times. Okinawa, Japan residents have one of the highest per capita consumption rate of the sea vegetable kombu and they have the privilege of having some of the highest life expectancies in Japan.
Fucoidan is the exciting future to cancer treatment. In studies fucoidan has been found to cause self destruction of cells in leukemia, breast, lymphoma, colorectal,and stomach cancers. Along with this this substance is also known for its significant immune boosting effects, helps reduce blood cholesterol and is effective in the treatment of meningitis cases.