Brown seaweed extract, also known as Modifilan, was developed by Russian scientists after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Knowing that brown seaweed was effective in flushing toxins from the body, they worked to get a sufficient concentration of alginate in a form that humans could reasonably ingest. Alginates are the elements in brown seaweed that help rid the body of toxins and heavy metals such as radiation and mercury. The Modifilan they developed and the version on the market today requires 40 pounds of seaweed for every pound of extract produced.
As well as alginate, brown seaweed extract contains Fucoidan and laminarin. Fucoidan has been found to cause cancer cells to die in leukemia, stomach and colon cancer studies. Japanese studies on laminarin have concluded that it is an important contributor to the low incidents of breast cancer in that country.
Everyone needs iodine to maintain a healthy thyroid. The thyroid is responsible for maintaining our metabolism and developing the nervous system; it can affect our weight if anything is out of kilter. In many people with malfunctioning thyroid glands the addition of iodine in their diet can solve the problem. If your thyroid is not to the point where abnormalities will show in a blood test but is slowing your metabolism down, brown seaweed extract may be helpful in restoring its balance.
Brown seaweed extract is particularly friendly to heart health. Laminarin contained in the extract can prevent blood coagulation and clotting. Blood clots are very dangerous to your heart and other organs; laminarin is 30% as effective as heparin and is completely natural. As mentioned before, it has properties that fight cancer and can inhibit cancer cell growth and help prevent its spread.
With the increasing incidence of diabetes in both adults and children, brown seaweed extract could make a real difference. It lowers blood sugar due to the chromium and iodine that it contains. Combined with a low or no-wheat diet, brown seaweed extract can help people lose weight, keep their blood sugar at a healthy level and boost their metabolic rate.
One of the longest lasting benefits of brown seaweed extract may be its detoxifying abilities. A specific cause for Alzheimer’s hasn’t yet been discovered but it is thought that absorption of aluminum might contribute to the condition as it builds up over the years. X-rays, televisions, power lines and other modern conveniences regularly dose people with low levels of radiation that brown seaweed extract can help your body purge.
Cholesterol is also a major concern in the medical world today. Too many of us have high levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of the good kind. Brown seaweed extract’s alginates help lower bad cholesterol and improve the health of the heart and circulatory system.
Brown seaweed extract has also been found to encourage healthy hair, skin and nails. You may have noticed how young and attractive Asian women look well into their 60s and 70s? This is thought to be due in large part to the presence of brown seaweed in their diets. Brown seaweed extract can give you these benefits, too!