There is no shortage of diet and weight loss supplements on the market. All you need to do is turn on the television or flip through a health magazine and you you’ll be flooded with all kinds of advertising for so called miracle weight loss pills. The problem lies in the lack of effectiveness of the majority of these products, not to mention the safety factor and health risks that can occur with the use of certain supplements.
While I don’t believe in quick fixes, after extensive research, fucoxanthin looks to great results when it comes to aiding in fat loss.
What is Fucoxanthin?
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid that is found in brown seaweed like wakame and hijiki. These seaweeds are often used in Asian foods like miso soup and sushi rolls.
Carotenoids are the pigment found in brightly coloured foods and are crucial to maintaining good health. Fucoxanthin, lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene are all different carotenoids offering different health benefits. Fucoxanthin offers a number of different health benefits, including helping to prevent cancer, stroke and heart disease along with helping to reduce and control blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Of particular interest is its ability to aid in fat loss.
How Fucoxanthin Helps to Eliminate Fat
Of course the biggest factors involved in successful fat loss are diet and exercise. No matter what kind of supplement you take, calorie control is king in the pursuit of weight loss. Once a consistent, balanced nutrition plan and workout program has been put into place, it’s certainly within your best interests to do whatever it takes to help the process along just a little faster.
It appears that this particular carotenoid is able to help white fat cells behave as brown fat cells. Brown fat burns energy as opposed to storing it, as white fat does.Not only may you burn more fat if you increase the amount of fucoxanthin in your diet, you may burn more visceral fat, the stubborn, very dangerous fat that resides around the organs of the abdomen. Along with posing a very real health concern, abdominal fat is also a real trouble spot for most people. Any help in this area is a huge advantage.
How to Add Fucoxanthin to Your Diet
Fucoxanthin is found naturally in brown seaweed, specifically wakame and hijiki. This seaweed is used in many Japanese dishes to improve the flavor of certain dishes and to wrap rolled sushi. If these particular dishes don’t please your palate, the extract can be taken in dried or capsule form as well.
In it’s dried form, fucoxanthin can be added to other food or even blended with a shake for convenience.
If you opt for the pill form, always be sure to but a recognized, reputable product from a trusted vendor. Fucoxanthin is derived from brown seaweed, which is also high in levels of iodine. It won’t make you nervous or jittery like some other weight loss supplements, and it’s whole food based, which I always look for in quality supplements. Take one capsule daily for the best results.
Remember that the best way to lose weight and keep it off is through a balanced, nutrient dense diet and consistent exercise, but getting a little boost from fucoxanthin may be just what you need.
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