Wednesday, June 3, 2009
There’s a little-known medicine that actually grows in the ocean and is harvested by professional divers. It contains extremely potent phytochemicals that have been clinically shown in various research projects around the world to achieve phenomenal health effects: blocking the growth of cancer tumors, regulating blood sugar, nourishing the body’s need for ocean minerals, balancing nervous system function and accelerating healing, among other benefits.
The term “seaweed” is actually a blanket word for any variety of algae formed in the sea. Algae comes in red, green, or brown and is harvested for a number of commercial uses. Besides being an additive in some products such as toothpaste, paint, or cosmetics, seaweed is also being developed as a weight-loss tool, fertilizer, as a potential biofuel, and more uses are being found.
Seaweed has been found to be a large source of iodine, an element that is necessary for the health and maintenance of the thyroid gland and when left untreated, can lead to discomfort and possibly a goiter. The strength and elasticity found in strips of this sea-faring organism is sometimes used to dress wounds and has also been documented as used in molds for dental work. Seaweed has been used in many studies hoping to find cures or lessening agents within it against diseases like tuberculosis, annoying ailments such as arthritis or tapeworms, even the common influenza has been tested with seaweed.
However, most of the studies in recent years that have been done regarding the effects of seaweed, are against cancer. Hoping to find the ability to shrink tumors with algae, many researchers have devoted years to observing the patterns and data surrounding this important compound.
A 2005 study conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology found a small strain of red algae off the coast of Fiji called Callophycus serratus, that looks promising for a new, natural cure for cancer. With ten new natural compounds from the strain to work with, researchers found that some of the compounds were born antibacterial fighters and have held up in the lab against known diseases that resist antibiotics. It was said that the natural germ-killers were made by the seaweed to ward off predators and disease. Another compound was able to kill tumor cells in the lab by being able to turn on the suicide switch in the individual cells, which scientists call a head start to a new possible line of anticancer drugs.
“We can cure cancer with a shotgun, so curing cancer is not the problem…. Curing cancer without harming patients is a whole different thing that’s very difficult to figure out. Many compounds have been found to have a negative effect on cancer cells, but almost none of them have gone to market because of adverse side effects that make them unusable.”
A new study by the National Cancer Institute has revealed that a seaweed extract called carrageenan can prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) — a sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer — from entering human cells.
Researchers found that carrageenan — derived from red algae — strongly inhibits HPV from attaching to human cells, which prevents it from entering and infecting the cells. “We were floored by how much better it worked than anything else we have tested,” said researcher John Schiller of the National Cancer Institute.
Another study indicates that women whose diets are rich in seaweed are much less likely to develop breast cancer, and that’s probably one reason why Asian women have a lower overall cancer rate than women in the West.
Brown seaweed extract has 72 trace minerals, anti-cancer properties and much more! It can be used as part of a powerful detoxification program to help cleanse the liver, kidneys and intestinal tract.
Here’s some great benefits of brown seaweed: it helps to get rid of excess body fat; helps to eliminate radiation poisoning from the body; enhances longevity of the Japanese people, who probably eat more seaweed than any other culture in the world.