Limu Moui has been a vital source of food and commerce for many coastal peoples. Not surprisingly, some of these people credit the plant for their long lives. Many Tongans, for instance, stay robust, full of life and vigor, without suffering the effects of disease normally associated with aging. If you were to ask for their secret, chances are the Tongan people would direct you to Limu Moui as the reason for their good health.
In Japan, sea plant dishes like kombu and wakame are well known, but a lesser known dish call mozuku shares a common characteristic with Limu Moui. The people in the regions of Japan where mozuku is used enjoy longer lives and lower incidences of cancer when compared to counterparts in other parts of Japan.
Recent studies actually verify these phenomenona. Japanese scientists have isolated a substance in Limu Moui that promotes healthy living, seems to slow down the aging process, and fights a myriad of diseases. This substance is called fucoidan. A large number of recent scientific studies have shown fucoidan fights against cancer formation, development, and growth. Other research also indicates that fucoidan can be used for many other ailments common in today's world.
Fucoidan is a complex polysaccharide composed largely of fucopyranoside and natural sulphate. Fucoidan also has trace elements of galactose, xylose, and glucuronic acid-three different types of sugar molecules.
But what does that mean? Simply put, fucoidan is a member of the carbohydrate family. Gucoidan is a polysaccharide. That means it is made up of several different polymers that can be broken down by hydrolysis. Fucoidan molecules also demonstrate a tendency to bond with sulphate groups. Research indicates that the higher the sulphate group-count in a plant, the higher its therapeutic potential.
Found in the cell walls of Limu Moui, fucoidan gives the sea plant its slippery texture. This moisture barrier protects the algae, even when it is exposed to strong sunlight. This barrier allows the brown sea plant to survive in it's harsh environment.
It just so happens that the body uses the different parts of fucoidan regularly. One of its components, galactose, for example is a sugar. Other of its components, such as xylose and glucuronic acid, are found in the make-up of cell walls. In fact, the components of fucoidan are so good for the body that Dr. Kyosuke Owa, a Japanese research scientist, compares it to mother's milk for its healing anti-bodies.
For the infant, a mother's breast milk provides an inexperienced immune system with the more experienced defense cells borrowed from the mother's immune system. This exposure to the experienced defense cells helps newborn babies to develop a strong immune system to fight off the diseases.
According to Dr. Owa, fucoidan contains the same types of antibodies found in human mother's milk. This makeup provides essential nutrients to boost the immune system. Dr. Owa's research explains that fucoidan stimulates the production of immune cells, providing the body with a stronger defense against invading bodies like bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and even cancer.
The traditional use of Limu Moui for its curative powers attests to fucoidan's abilities. Island and coastal inhabitants have used this sea plant as a topical ointment and as an ingested treatment for illness. Fucoidan has been shown to help with the following functions:
Relieve stomach disorders
Improve and support liver function
Inhibit blood clotting
Fight against free radicals
Lower cholesterol levels
Promote healthy skin
Decrease high blood pressure
Stabilize blood sugar levels
Reaching a definitive consensus concerning the precise nature of fucoidan has proved difficult. Fucoidan's complex nature, and the difficulty of obtaining pure samples, have contributed to the prevention of reaching such a consensus. However, the Biomedical Research Laboratories of Takara Shuzo and the Research Institute for Glycotechnology Advancement have overcome the obstacle of obtaining pure strains of fucoidan, thus enabling studies of its healing properties. About 4 percent of the total dry weight of Limu Moui is fucoidan. Once it has been extracted, fucoidan looks like an off-white to yellow powder.
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