Brown Seaweed Can Fight Fat!
Scientists have reported that brown seaweed, such as the kind used in traditional oriental miso soups, can help fight obesity!
“Chemists in Japan have found that brown seaweed, a flavor component used in many Asian soups and salads, contains a compound that appears in animal studies to promote weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Called fucoxanthin, the compound achieved a 5 percent to 10 percent weight reduction in test animals and could be developed into a natural extract or drug to help fight obesity, the researchers say. The compound targets abdominal fat, in particular, and may help reduce oversized guts, the scientists say. Their study was presented today at the 232nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Fucoxanthin is a brownish pigment that gives brown seaweed its characteristic color and also conducts photosynthesis (the conversion of light to energy). It is found at high levels in several different types of brown seaweed, including a type of kelp that is used in traditional Japanese miso soup. But fucoxanthin is not found in abundance in green and red seaweed, which also are used in many Asian foods, the researchers say.” (Emphasis mine.)
Note that “the compound targets abdominal fat, in particular, and may help reduce oversized guts…” Wow! I am for that! (Perhaps I am revealing a bit too much of a personal nature!) Anyway, another factor from a natural health perspective in regard to large “guts” is the liver. Sluggish liver function can lead to a larger mid-section. Liver cleansing, detoxifying, nourishing and reinforcing herbs for the liver are: Red Beet root, Dandelion root, Parsely herb, Horsetail herb, Yellow Dock root, Black Cohosh root, Birch leaves, Blessed Thistle herb, Angelica root, Chamomile flowers, Gentian root and Goldenrod herb.