by Christina Sarich
December 18th, 2013
For years scientists couldn’t really figure out why people on a small island off of Japan hardly ever suffered from cancer – until they stumbled onto a curious fetish the Okinawans had for a seaweed delicacy called Kombu. (Okinawans use various longevity secrets to live to be 100 and older). Although it would be difficult to find Kombu now that isn’t tainted with Fukushima radiation, at least in or near Japan, there is a long chain carbohydrate in the seaweed called Fucoidan that has proven to fight cancer again and again.
Found in the cell walls of brown seaweed, fucoidan, has antitumor, antiangiogenic, antiviral, and immunomodulatory effects on the human body. Fucoidan also stimulates natural killer cells by down regulating AP-I involved in cellular proliferation, or the spreading of cancer cells. What’s more, fucoidan also has anti-coagulant and antithrombic activities, while also being radioprotective.
“…More recently, fucoidan has been shown to have antitumor and anticarcinogenic effects. Fucoidan’s therapeutic properties may come from its ability to act as natural killer cells and regulate substances involved in cell growth.
Research published in the March 2011 issue of Phytotherapy Research [study source] suggests that fucoidan stopped some lung cancer cells from proliferating and triggered the programmed death of cancer cells. A study published in the October 2011 issue of International Journal of Biological Macromolecules [study source] also found that fucoidan killed lung cancer cells. Additionally, it improved the activity of white blood cells, the natural killer cells.”
Fucoidan extract has even been used to treat workers at nuclear sites that were exposed to hazardous levels of toxic radiation. There are nearly 2000 species of this brown seaweed, and fortunately, not all of them live in the Pacific Ocean, which has been greatly compromised by the incident at Fukushima. Sea urchins, sea snails, and other marine life have also been found to contain this amazing healing compound, so protecting our oceans has never been more important.