The secret ingredient for losing weight: algae

Brown algae pigment reduces the volume of fat tissue in the stomach area

Algae are sea vegetables which is proven to help in losing weight and especially in elimination of the fat tissue in the stomach area. For that purposes it is best to consume brown algae. Fucus vesiculosus, kelp, wakame and arame, not only in meals, but also as food supplements  Algae have made  base of eastern countries’, like Japan, Korea and Chine, diet since prehistorical period.  There is 21 sorts of algae used for the preparation of different dishes in households in Japan, and it is estimated that anual consumtion of algae per household in Japan is 7 pounds. Mainly thanks to their diet , the Japanese are extremely healthy, slim and their life expectancy is very long.

The Japanese have one of the lowest rates of obesity in the world. and the contributing factor is certainly consumption of algae. Research have shown that algae help in losing weight with their nutritively helpful ingredients. There are four major group of algae: green, blue, red and brown algae, and the last ones have emerged as the potential weight losing agent. Namely, research have discovered that brown algae contain a specific pigment called fucoxanthin which, apart from giving the color to algae, helps in losing weight. Studies conducted on animals have discovered that fucoxanthin significantly reduces body mass and the amount of fat tissue in the stomach area.

The possible effect of fucoxanthin on fat tissue loss is stimulating production of the specific protein which helps attrition of fat which accumulates in the stomach area. This, so called, visceral tissue has been proven to be in direct connection with heart disease risk and diabetes. The best known brown algae are: fucus vesiculosus, kelp, wakame and arame algae. It is important  to note that the quantity of fucoxanthin needed for losing weight can not be consumed only by eating those brown algae in food, you also need to take algae – based food supplements. Fucoxanthin is tightly connected to proteins in algae and such complex is hard to absorb in organism.

Alimentary profile of algae

From nutritional point of view algae are sea vegetables which have low caloric value, high content of minerals, vitamins and alimentary fibres, and low total ratio of fats. Alimentary fibres content is very high, and it varies from 33 to 75 per cent of the total algae mass, but alimentary fibres from algae have different physical and chemical properties in comparison to fibres from continental plants and thus demonstrate different  physical properties.

So, one of the alginates’ (algae fibres) properties is reduction in absorbing  fats from the diagestive system. This discovery was made by scientists from Great Britain. When testing the effect of different types of alimetary fibres on our diagestion, they noted that alginates have the ability to reduce fat absorbtion by more than 75 per cent. When they reach the stomach alginates react with gastric acid and form a gel which helps create a feeling of satiety which leads to food consumption reduction.

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