Seaweed extract fucoidan could treat inflammation of the gut, research finds
Tasmanian research has found a seaweed extract could be the key to combating inflammatory bowel disorders. Bowel disorders such as ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and lead to a significantly decreased quality of life.
The breakthrough findings showed seaweed extract, taken orally, significantly reduced the symptoms of the disorders in animal testing. The extract is called fucoidan, a polysaccharide extracted from the Fucus vesiculosus species of seaweed.
In the study conducted on mice suffering colitis – a disease in which the inner lining of the colon is inflamed – the undesirable side-effect of weight loss was reduced by more than 50 per cent.