Fucoxanthin is a substance with serious health potential, but also with a lot of unknown sides. It is one of the most common marine carotenoids, as astaxanthin is more widespread.
It is an orange-brown pigment that occurs mainly in brown algae as Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) and Hijiki (Hijikia fusiformis) but can be found in smaller quantities in other marine sources.
Although it is from the group of carotenoids like astaxanthin, it is not essential; it does not get converted into vitamin A in the body and does not affect the levels of the vitamin in the blood.
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid found in brown seaweed. It is being investigated for its fat burning abilities. It claimed that reduces fat mass. There was a study has involved 151 overweight women before menopause.
The comparison was between women with normal levels of liver fat and others, diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver. The tested product contained 300 mg of brown seaweed extract, with a total concentration of 2.4 mg of Fucoxanthin.
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