A brown seaweed extract called “fuxoxanthin” has been stirring the weight loss world for some time now due to its fat burning potential. This extract, says Dr. Kazuo Miyashita of the Hokkaido University in Japan, reportedly increases protein production that helps metabolize fat. In a clinical test in Hokkaido University, Miyashita observed that the extract reduced 5 to 10 percent of the body weight of rats involved, and the research result was reported at the American Chemical Society.
What Fucoxanthin Does to Abdominal Fat
Fucoxanthin is a compound that stimulates the UCP1 protein triggering fat to be oxidized and quickly converted into heat energy. In short, the protein is prodded to burn fat, specifically the white adipose tissue that covers internal organs. This indicates that natural supplements made from brown seaweed may be a super remedy for belly fat.
The better news is, brown seaweed is easily available in the market. It’s the flavoring added to miso soup and is known in Asian wet markets as Wasame, Kelp, or Miso. It is popularly used in various Japanese dishes.
Would taking miso soup get rid of the belly fat then? If sumptuous amounts are taken, probably. And “sumptuous” means kilos of it to get the right amount of extract. Thus, a brown seaweed supplement processed through nano technology is needed. Remember, it’s not the brown seaweed per se that melts belly fat but the extract fucoxanthin which Miyashita feels should be made into a food supplement pill soon.
Optimal Thyroid Performance to Lose Weight
Seaweeds are rich in iodine that enhances thyroid function. And this greatly helps good metabolism and regulates fat storage in the body, says Burton Goldberg in his Alternative Medicine article. Seaweed intake, especially in supplement form, can speed up weight loss and fat burning. The only problem is iodine absorption, but taking Vitamin A takes care of that, says Goldberg.
More Seaweed in Your Diet
Put more of these “sea veggies” in your diet regularly for considerable amounts of minerals which promote ideal health and metabolic efficiency. A lot of minerals in seaweeds are not found in land vegetables, say Seibin and Teruko Arasaki in their book, “The Vegetables of the Sea.” Just don’t overdo with salt because seaweed is already rich in sodium and that should caution the hypertensive to consult with their physicians before embarking on a seaweed-rich diet.