Fucoidan nutrients contribute to strengthening immunity, supporting the body to prevent viruses and disease.
Fucoidan is a polysaccharide mainly made up of L-fucose and sulfate groups. The classical biological activities associated with fucoidan include supporting antioxidant effects, contributing to the prevention of tumor formation, blood clotting, thrombosis, supporting immunoregulatory, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major threat to human health. HBV infects millions of people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of liver disease and liver cancer. According to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, scientists performed an in vivo and in vitro study with the aim of investigating Fucus fucoidan for HBV vaccination.
The results showed that Fucus fucoidan acts as an adjuvant by stimulating the formation of antibodies to the surface of HBV. Fucus fucoidan helps to reduce serum HBV, HBsAg and HBeAg levels. Another investigation showed that fucus fucoidan may assist in inhibiting HBV replication both in laboratory and clinical trials by contributing to the activation of the EKR signaling pathway and by supporting increased interferon production. type I through the activation of the immune system.
Apoptosis is a physiological process known as programmed cell death and is necessary for embryonic development and homeostasis in organisms. However, they can also be involved in pathological processes, for example cancer. The American Library of Medicine published studies related to apoptosis, they found that fucoidan isolated from Fucus vesiculosus, exhibits apoptosis-inducing activities through aiding activation of caspase-8 and -9 in MCF-7 cells.
Fucoidan is considered as a potential solution to prevent the formation of melanoma. Healthcare benefits depend on several factors including the overall health of the patient, the stage of the cancer or metastasis, and the location of the malignancy. Fucoidan contributes to the inhibition of cancer cells through the activation of apoptosis.