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Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide (MW: average 20,000) found mainly in various species of brown algae and brown seaweed such as mozuku, kombu, bladderwrack, wakame, and hijiki (variant forms of fucoidan have also been found in animal species, including the sea cucumber).[1]


Fucoidins have been investigated in preclinical studies for anti-oxidant, cognitive protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-hyperglycemic activity.[2]

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  1. ^ Atashrazm F, Lowenthal RM, Woods GM, Holloway AF, Dickinson JL (2015). "Fucoidan and Cancer: A Multifunctional Molecule with Anti-Tumor Potential". Mar Drugs. 13 (4): 2327–2346. doi:10.3390/md13042327. PMC 4413214. PMID 25874926.
  2. ^ Collins KG, Fitzgerald GF, Stanton C, Ross RP (18 March 2016). "Looking beyond the terrestrial: the potential of seaweed derived bioactives to treat non-communicable diseases". Mar Drugs. 14 (3): E60. doi:10.3390/md14030060. PMC 4820313. PMID 26999166.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)