As a nutritionist and herbalist, I have sold dozens of diet products to consumers who were desperate to lose weight in any way possible. At times, I would find myself cringing when clients would–often against my recommendations– purchase powerful stimulant supplements containing caffeine, in hopes that these “metabolism-boosters” would help them to shed the extra pounds. One of the only safe and totally natural weight-loss supplements that I recommend to my clients is fucoxanthin in the form of brown seaweed extract. It lacks acts as a natural thermogenic, burning fat without increasing heart rate, blood pressure, or urine production like stimulant supplements.
I have been selling fucoxanthin and brown seaweed supplements for over a year now, and feel more confident than ever in fucoxanthin’s ability to burn fat safely and effectively. Dozens of my clients tell me week after week that fucoxanthin caused them to lose weight when all other products failed. While its effect is somewhat slower than other diet supplements, it is not because the fucoxanthin fails to work: it is because it does work, without the crash-diet, immediate-effect ploys used by the manufacturers of some other supplements.
Some diet supplements that contain green tea, guarana, yerba mate, and caffeine will indeed help the body to lose weight quickly, but it is in a manner that is quite unsafe. Caffeine-containing supplements act as powerful stimulants, causing an elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, and anxiety, not unlike illicit drugs like cocaine and amphetemines. The effect can be a nightmare for people already suffering from these disorders, which are often comorbid with obesity. Caffeine supplements also act with a vengeance on the kidneys, causing powerful diuretic effects and weight loss resulting from dehydration. Still, because they do cause temporary weight loss, these supplements are successful on the market– even though the weight loss is a side-effect of an unhealthy stimulant.
Fucoxanthin carries none of these risks because it is a non-stimulant. It does not impair the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, nor does it result in dehydration from unwanted diuretic effects. Instead of increasing the metabolism of the digestive and urinary systems, fucoxanthin actually increases the amount of energy burned within every cell in the body. Young people have the highest metabolism on a cellular level, and it degrades as we get older or become less healthy. Fucoxanthin corrects this problem in adult metabolism and helps cells to burn energy with youthful vigor.
One double-blind study, published repeatedly in literature distributed by Garden of Life, a manufacturer of a fucoxanthin product, found that people taking fucoxanthin supplements lost significantly more weight over a trial period than people who took a placebo. Even though all participants in the study were getting the same diet and the same level of exercise, the group that took fucoxanthin lost an average of fourteen pounds, with the placebo group losing just three. Additionally, the fucoxanthin supplements appeared to cause significant loss of abdominal fat– a problem area for many Americans. No negative side effects were reported.
Additionally, fucoxanthin’s safety and efficacy has been backed by an unbiased Japanese study of obese mice and rats, carried out in 2005. The rodents who eat brown algae showed significant weight loss, and the scientists concluded that fucoxanthin was acting to increase the amount of fat being burned on a cellular level. This finding was revolutionary for the diet supplement industry, because it concluded that a common supplement, which was little-known at the time, had the ability to safely and effectively displace the use of stimulants on the supplement market.
More studies still need to be done regarding fucoxanthin’s safety and effectiveness as a dietary weight loss supplement, but it thus far has shown incredible promise for enabling weight loss. After seeing so many satisfied clients return for yet another bottle of fucoxanthin capsules, it is one product that I stand by firmly. With enough awareness and education, overweight Americans can turn away from harmful stimulants and instead resort to the healthy, natural powers of brown seaweed extract.
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