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What are the health benefits of fucoidan?

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The health benefits of fucoidan include easing the symptoms of hypothyroidism, fatigue, headache, coughing and asthma, according to About.com. It is also used to treat hemorrhoids, fatigue and menstrual discomforts.

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Researchers claim that fucoidan can support the health of the skin and help in weight loss, says About.com.

Some studies claim that fucoidan plays a role in lowering the risk of reproductive cancers in women, says About.com. This is because fucoidan seems to have anti-estrogenic properties. Other studies suggest that fucoidan is also an anti-inflammatory and stops breast cancer cells from being carried to distant sites by the bloodstream. It may also stop lung cancer cells from multiplying and causes other cancer cells to destroy themselves, according to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Fucoidan may also be useful as a blood thinner. However, none of these studies are conclusive.

Fucoidan seems to be an antioxidant, which means it protects cells against free radical attack, says Cancer Treatment Centers of America. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties ad supports the immune system. It's also used to treat high blood pressure.

Fucoidan is a complex carbohydrate found in certain types of brown seaweed, according to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. It is rich in phytochemicals and has been part of Asian cuisine for centuries.

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