fucoxanthinblank 14 FucoxanthinSushi lovers might love this review. Depending on the type of sushi, you may be helping your body burn fat cells that can accumulate in the abdominal area. That’s because a supplement called fucoxanthin is believed to target the fat cells in that area of the body and turn them into usable energy for the body to burn.

What is Fucoxanthin?

Fucoxanthin is found in brown seaweed called wakame, which is often used in a ton of Asian foods.  While brown seaweed is not typically found in sushi rolls, red seaweed is and it also contains elements of fucoxanthin—although in smaller amounts.

Nonetheless, according the manufactures of fucoxanthin, they say their research has proven that their supplement will help dieters burn fat, especially around the abdomen.  Because that area of the body is hard to target, this has made fucoxanthin a popular weight loss supplement.

How does Fucoxanthin work?

We don’t really see it in such a cut and dry way; however, I think there are certain claims about fucoxanthin that make sense. As far as I can deduct, this compound called fucoxanthin helps the body produce a specific protein called UCP1, this protein then causes the body to increase the energy burning these fat cells. Now, UCP1 is commonly found in adipose tissue, which is found in the fat that surrounds body organs–like the abdominal. Because it can stimulate a specific protein found in adipose tissue, manufactures of weight-loss products look to include it into their pills.

Does clinical research back up Fucoxanthin?

Most of the cited research comes from a study performed at Hokkaido University in Japan. They performed a basic two-group study. Both rat groups were given the same exercise and nutrition program, the only difference being that one of the groups were given fucoxanthin.  At the conclusion of the study, it was discovered that the group of rats taking the fucoxanthin supplements lost up to 10% more body fat then the others and most of the weight loss came in the abdominal area.

Final thoughts on Fucoxanthin

How effective this supplement is on humans is still a work in progress. I would recommend considering it if it’s flanked alongside other solid supplements as well. I think working in conjunction with other ingredients improves fucoxanthin’s effectiveness.  There are no reported side effects at this time.