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What the F is Fucoidan?

What on earth is Fucoidan? It sounds totally out of this world, but it actually comes from the humble Seaweed! Said to be "the secret to a long life", Fucoidan can help promote vitality and support health and wellbeing. Want to know more? I've put together this guide to Fucoidan supplements and skin care.

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What the F is Fucoidan? Known as the 'secret to longevity' in Japan, Fucoidan actually comes from Seaweed! We all know that Seaweed is a great natural source of nutrients and makes an amazing ingredient in natural supplements, but unless you eat sushi rolls all day every day, chances are your diet might not actually contain much Seaweed. Fucoidan is fast becoming one of the most popular superfoods on the planet, making it an amazing addition to our daily lives. Organic Fucoidan extract is a bioactive wholefood to promote vitality, support health and promote wellbeing.

What is Fucoidan?

Known as the Japanese people's "secret" to a long and healthy life, Fucoidan is actually an active component of certain types of Brown Seaweed. The function of Fucoidan is actually to protect Seaweed from bacteria, infections and viruses.

Benefits of Fucoidan

Seaweed rich in Fucoidan has traditionally been consumed in the daily diets of the people of the Japanese island Okinawa, south of mainland Japan, and funnily enough this island actually has the highest concentration of people over 100 years old in the world! Their long life expectancy is said to be directly related to their Seaweed consumption, consuming on average 100mg of Fucoidan per day. Seaweed is already incredibly rich in essential nutrients such as dietary fibre, minerals including iodine and magnesium, vitamins and antioxidants, and Fucoidan has been studied for its potent and powerful health properties.

Natural Fucoidan supplement

Shoalhaven Health Co. Fucoidan Daily
In a convenient capsule form, the Shoalhaven Health Co. Fucoidan Daily makes an ideal daily Fucoidan supplement, containing organic Fucoidan Extract from Seaweed harvested from Patagonian waters. The Fucoidan is extracted from Wakame (Undaria Pinnatifida), the main type of seaweed consumed in Okinawa, using delicate water-based techniques to help ensure it remains potent and of a high quality. This wild harvested wholefood supplement targets "Immunity, Longevity & Vitality"*. These powerful capsules can be taken twice daily to deliver 115mg of pure Fucoidan. Pregnant women should always seek medical advice before taking any nutritional supplement.

Power Super Foods Wakame Flakes
Perfect for incorporating into salads, stir-fries and soups, the Power Super Foods Wakame Flakes are made from certified organic raw Wakame Seaweed, rich in fibre, vitamins and other nutrients known to help nourish and alkalise the body. Naturally rich in Fucoidan, Wakame Seaweed is a great source of nutrients for vegetarians and vegans! These flakes are sustainably grown, harvested and sun-dried in Canada and make an ideal alternative to processed Wakame Seaweed.

Natural Fucoidan skin care

Zkin Natural Hydrating Mist
With active Fucoidan rich Brown Seaweed, the Zkin Natural Hydrating Mist is incredible for dry, dehydrated and mature skin types, working to deliver a boost of natural hydration and brightening power to target pigmentation and age spots. Clinically tested to help reduce redness after UV exposure by 50%**, this vegan and certified organic facial mist also contains soothing Aloe Vera, Lavender, Vanilla and Ylang Ylang to refresh and replenish skin with calming moisture.

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Zkin Brightening & Hydrating Masque
An ideal weekly treatment for all skin types, the Zkin Brightening & Hydrating Masque contains brightening and collagen-boosting Fucoidan to help smooth wrinkles and improve elasticity by up to 67%**, in a base of chocolatey Cocoa, soothing Aloe Vera and purifying White Clay. Smoothing and brightening, this creamy formula can be applied to the face and neck for 10 minutes to leave it feeling fresh, clean and radiant. It's also vegan and certified organic, with dozens of five-star reviews!

Zkin Rejuvenating Moisturiser
Another Brown-Seaweed rich skin care essential, the Zkin Rejuvenating Moisturiser makes an ideal daily facial moisturiser for normal and mature skin types. With anti-ageing actives and nourishing plant extracts, this potent formula works to replenish moisture levels, and may encourage skin cell turnover, help strengthen skin and firm up fine lines. Rich and velvety smooth, this Australian made, certified organic and vegan face cream can be applied to both the face and neck morning and night.

Sources: Shoalhaven Health Co, ABC News.*As published on the bottle, **Z'kin brand claim

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