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    What do you think about Fucoxanthin? Wait for human studies before wasting your money.


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    Monday, March 17, 2008 9:18 am Email this article
    I received an email today asking,"What do you think about the weight loss supplement Fucoxanthin?" One study found that it reduced weight gain in mice, however, this is a long way from proving that it will cause weight loss in humans. The study in mice used a dose of 0.2 percent of the diet, which would be roughly 200 mg in humans. They also tested a dose of 0.1 percent of diet combined with fish oil, which would be 100 mg in humans. My advice is to wait for studies showing that it is safe and effective in humans before wasting your money. REFERENCE

    Maeda H, Hosokawa M, Sashima T, Miyashita K. Dietary combination of fucoxanthin and fish oil attenuates the weight gain of white adipose tissue and decreases blood glucose in obese/diabetic kk-ay mice. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Sep 19, 55(19):7701-06.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Faculty of Fisheries Sciences
    Hokkaido University
    3-1-1 Minato
    Hakodate, Hokkaido 041-8611, Japan

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