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Fucoxanthin powder, a microalgal new treasure-5 major effects

Feb 11, 2022

Fucoxanthin powder, also known as fucoxanthin, is a natural pigment in carotenoids with a light yellow to brown color, which is mainly found in macrofucoidans and microalgae such as Synechocystis and diatoms. Has biological activities such as weight loss, antioxidant, neuroprotective, antitumor, and anti-inflammatory.


Effect 1- weight loss

Feeding mice with obesity due to the intake of high-fat foods at 0.05% and 0.2% fucoxanthin, the experiment showed that just 0.05% of the feeding amount had a weight loss effect.

Studies have shown that fucoxanthin is able to activate a protein known as UCP1, which promotes lipolysis; In addition, it can also stimulate the liver to produce DHA that lowers cholesterol levels. it is to achieve weight loss by eliminating fat accumulation through the two ways mentioned above.

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Effect 2 - antioxidant

Fucoxanthin powder has well-established antioxidant effects, mainly by modulating the activities of Na + - K + - ATPase, catalase, as well as glutathione. Its antioxidant effect was even better than that of dimensional E and dimensional C. Fucoxanthin also has a protective effect against UV-B-induced damage to human fibrocytes.


Effect 3 - neuroprotection

Fucotoxin can repair the damage caused by β 25-35 injured cerebral cortical neurons. Cortical neurons were pretreated with fucoxanthin (0.39 or 0.78 μ g / ml) for 16 h before adding a β 25-35(5 μ M) At 24 h, significant changes in the activities of T-AOC, MDA, and SOD could be detected.

Effect 4 - antitumor

Fucoxanthin has an inhibitory effect on the growth of human hepatoma HepG2 cells and can arrest cancer cells at G0 / G1 phase. HepG2 human HCC cell lines were cultured as follows: when the concentration of fucoxanthin reached 50 μ G / ml, the inhibition rate reached 28.44%.

Fucoxanthin powder

Effect 5 - anti-inflammatory

The results of studies of fucoxanthin on the inflammatory response induced by lipopolysaccharide in murine macrophages showed that fucoxanthin, on the one hand, decreased the levels of no and prostaglandin PGE2, and on the other hand, decreased tumor necrosis factor- α、 Interleukin-1 β And interleukin-6 levels. This suggests that fucoxanthin has anti-inflammatory effects.

Currently, fucoxanthin powder has been put on file in the United States and Japan for application in functional foods and health products.

Fucoxanthin has reached a global market size of US $600 million and the market demand is expected to reach 15-20 tons of pure by 2022, with market size of US $6-10 billion.

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