Many arthritis sufferers are rethinking their stance on traditional painkillers and steroids for treatment because of the many side effects of these medications. Instead, they’re choosing to relieve pain through natural methods. This is where fucoidan, a known natural anti-inflammatory, can help.
The key to understanding whether fucoidan is a worthwhile natural dietary supplement for arthritis treatment is to understand the hard facts behind its benefits. And one of its main known health benefits is supported by science. Fucoidan, in short, helps combat inflammation, which is a major component of arthritis. So while you are taking your fucoidan capsule every morning, know that this is legitimately, scientifically a good thing for you!
Symptoms and Types of Arthritis
The most debilitating symptoms experienced by arthritis patients include stiffness, pain, redness, reduced range of motion and swelling. The three arthritis primary types – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout – damage the health and quality of joints in different ways.
Across the world, scientists in collaboration with researchers and pharmaceutical companies are trying to find a miracle drug to cure this severe health condition. Meanwhile, a natural treatment has been right in front of us for some time – fucoidan.
What Does the Research Say?
(1.) Fucoidan and Osteoarthritis
Obviously here at Eco Ora we are pretty psyched about the benefits of fucoidan. We know that it is packed with antioxidants, which can combat harmful free radicals that attack your body on a daily basis. More than this, however, we know that research is booming in regards to fucoidan as an anti-inflammatory food extract. And osteoarthritis, one of the most common and disabling joint problems among aging people, has a major inflammatory component.
Globally, it is estimated that over 300 million people suffer from this form of arthritis, which commonly affects the hands, fingertips, knees, hips, or spine. The high incidence of osteoarthritis can be attributed to the increasing number of obese individuals and the elderly. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent osteoarthritis progression with proper maintenance and preventive measures.
An exciting human clinical study explored the use of fucoidan in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. In this study, 12 people were randomized to receive 100 mg or 1000 mg capsules (75 mg or 750 mg fucoidan) orally for 12 weeks. They were then tested against the comprehensive arthritis test (COAT) score which is comprised of four subscales for pain, stiffness, difficulty with physical activity and overall symptoms severity. After treatment, there was a dose-response improvement in the subjects: 18% improvement in the average COAT score for the lower dose subjects and 52% improvement in the average COAT score for the larger dose subjects. The fucoidan preparation was taken safely by all the subjects without any adverse events attributed to fucoidan. (1)
Another study, published in The Journal of Medicinal Food, found that the administration of fucoidan alleviated the symptoms of osteoarthritis and also prevented the progression of osteoarthritis in rats. (2)
Confirming these results, another recent 2018 animal study published in Nutrients has found that fucoidan showed anti-inflammatory effects on high fat diet (HFD)-induced inflammation. It was shown to positively work against fat accumulation and it also protected the joint and cartilage. The authors concluded that oral administration of fucoidan has potential to improve obesity and ligament injury-induced osteoarthritis. (3)
“I used to suffer from stiff hands and and this appears to be totally gone. I was never a morning person and I was always quite stiff/achy in the mornings and had to almost warm my body up but now I pop out of bed full of energy.”
(2.) Fucoidan and Rheumatoid Arthritis
While less common than osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is potentially much more crippling. It is an autoimmune disorder — the tissue lining the joint is the target of an over reactive immune response in which the body attacks itself.
The anti-inflammatory effects of fucoidan help in stopping or slowing down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis that can otherwise cause permanent damage to the joints over a period of time. The best thing about fucoidan is that it is completely natural.
Selectins (cell surface receptors) contribute to this condition by helping to move inflammatory cells into the joint space, making the condition worse. Studies show that Fucoidan blocks the infiltration of these harmful inflammatory cells, while also reducing inflammatory symptoms. Fucoidan can also suppress pain related to inflammatory cells. (4)
Another recent study published in Inflammation investigated the effects of fucoidan against rheumatoid arthritis by evaluating the cell invasion process of the seaweed. It appears that the arthritis-causing inflamed cells were significantly impaired by the fucoidan treatment, reducing the survival of the bad cells. Because of this, researchers believe it’s a possible treatment for rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. (5)
(3.) Fucoidan and Gout
Gout is when the body’s uric acid levels are severely elevated (known as hyperuricemia). Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood cause crystallisation, and these needle-like crystals then attach to joint areas (often the big toe). The body’s immune system misidentifies these crystals as foreign material and attacks them, causing swelling, a red glow, a burning sensation, as well as acute pain.
Consistent with previous studies, the results of a 2017 study indicated that fucoidan was able to alleviate the symptoms of high uric acid levels in a rat model. In fact, the deposition of urate crystals and inflammation was decreased by the fucoidan administration. (6)
Another 2018 study also proved that fucoidan was an efficient treatment for hyperuricemia in a rat model. The scientists concluded that fucoidan, which is traditional Chinese medicine that has been applied for more than one thousand years, could be a potential therapeutic drug for treatment of hyperuricemia and acute gout because of its dual stabilising effect on the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream, as well as its suppressant effects. (7)
“I’m 45 and I have had nothing but success with this product. I took my time looking for a natural treatment option to alleviate my gout attacks without harmful side effects. I feel stronger and younger.”
Fucoidan and Arthritis: Final Thoughts
Fucoidan is a natural bioactive compound found in brown seaweed that boasts a number of health benefits, including strong anti-inflammatory and protective actions that can help treat arthritis symptoms.
Whether you are suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, we believe there are huge potential health benefits to taking this natural anti-inflammatory supplement. Click on our testimonials page to see just how much our fucoidan has helped improve the health of our existing customers!
Our fucoidan capsules make it super easy to add a healthy dose of fucoidan to your daily diet.
Fucoidan does not generally have side effects. But you should always take it (and any supplement) under the supervision of your physician. Don’t forget that fucoidan should also be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle.