What is fucoidan?

Bioactive
seaweed
compounds

Fucoidans occur naturally in the cell walls of brown seaweeds. They function to protect the plant from water-borne pathogens and other environmental challenges. Fucoidans are long chain polysaccharides characterised by a complex molecular structure and varying degrees of sulfation and acetylation.

How are fucoidans different?

Not all fucoidans are the same. They are a class of natural compounds that have been widely researched and shown to exert beneficial bioactivities in a range of human health settings. Research conducted by Marinova has confirmed that fucoidan bioactivity is dependent upon two key factors:

  • The method of extraction; and
  • The seaweed species from which it has been derived.

These two factors are the ultimate determinants of efficacy. Traditional methods of extraction compromise the integrity and functionality of the resulting fucoidan. In contrast, our solvent-free Maritech® process yields nature-identical extracts of superior quality with enhanced bioactivity.