The ocean’s greatest treasure has nothing to do with pirates… Or sunken ships. It’s not even made of gold…
It’s a compound found in brown seaweed.
You’ve heard of seaweed. You might even eat it: seaweed salad, sushi rolls. But most people aren’t aware of its power.
The research comes from Mohammad Irhimeh. He’s an assistant professor of hematoncology and stem cells at Hashemite University in Jordan. He’s also a research fellow at Sydney Hospital in Australia. And he’s dedicated his work to the health benefits of seaweed.
“New therapies are desperately needed because some forms of B-cell lymphoma are especially resistant to standard treatment,” says Irhimeh.
For this study, he partnered with colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley and Royal Hobart Hospital in Australia. They found that a seaweed extract inhibited the growth of lymphoma cells. Because this approach was so innovative, Irhimeh was invited to present the results at the AACR Dead Sea International Conference on Advances in Cancer Research.
Seaweed’s Hidden Treasure
Lymphomas are blood cancers in the lymph glands. It happens when white blood cells act abnormally. B-cell lymphomas include both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin.
B-cell lymphoma originates in the immune system. It’s responsible for most non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
“In this study,” says Irhimeh, “we looked at a new treatment strategy using novel active compounds derived from a natural source – seaweed.”
The results were remarkable. The cancer cells’ growth was inhibited. And healthy cells were left intact.
Dr. Gloria Gilbère is from the Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation. She’s published more than 1,400 articles on natural health. And she’s authored 11 books. She calls the research “scientific new hope” to cure lymphoma.
The compound in seaweed getting all this attention is fucoidan. It’s a sulfated polysaccharide. And it kills cancer cells by causing apoptosis. That means it causes the cells to commit suicide. It also prevents the growth of new blood vessels to cancer cells.
Dr. Daisuke Tachikawa is the author of The Amazing Power of Fucoidan. His book states that fucoidan “self-destructs cancer cells and cuts off the nutrient supply to the tumor.”
Researchers at the Biomedical Research Laboratories and Research Institutes for Glycotechnology Advancement agree. They’ve also found it caused cancer cells to self-destruct.
Look Out Lymphoma!
“Seaweed extracts hold promise of a new treatment approach for the tens of thousands of people who have or who will be diagnosed with lymphoma,” say researchers.
It’s a great alternative to chemotherapy, which destroys both cancerous and healthy cells.
And fucoidan isn’t only an antitumor agent. It helps stimulate immune response. That’s crucial when the body is being attacked by cancer.
It’s not surprising that the people of Okinawa enjoy the highest life expectancies in Japan. And have the lowest cancer rate in the country. They consume more brown seaweed than anyone else.
Let the Fucoidan Invasion Begin
You can add fucoidan to your diet with kombu. It’s a type of seaweed used in Japanese dishes. It’s also called konbu or kubu. You can find it in Asian markets and natural foods stores. It’s most often sold dried, but may be available fresh and frozen.
You can also take fucoidan supplements. You can find them in capsule, drink, and powder forms. A good rule of thumb is that the darker the product is, the more fucoidan it contains.
It’s not cheap… but life is priceless.
NPO Fucoidan Research Lab of Japan recommends 1 to 3 grams to boost the immune system; 3 to 6 grams to fight cancer. It’s most effective when taken four times a day.
Dr. Irhimeh’s study is powerful evidence of what fucoidan is capable of. Doctors around the world agree.
Thanks to this treasure from the sea, thousands of patients with lymphoma can have new hope.
To your best health,
Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”