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.

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