New Research Points to Seaweed for Weight Loss

Seaweed can help to tackle obesity, research suggests.

Online PR News – 29-March-2010 – – New research has shown that seaweed can help to tackle obesity. Researchers from Newcastle University found that an extract found in many types of common seaweed can help to reduce the body's fat absorption by up to 75%. Dr Iain Brownlee, who co-headed the research, suggested that this extract, if eaten daily, could prevent the body from absorbing most of the fat that we eat - potentially a breakthrough in weight loss treatment.

The team's research consisted of extracting alginate from the seaweed. Alginate is a fibrous substance that forms a gel when mixed with water, and is commonly used as a thickening agent. The team then constructed a recreation of the body's intestines where they tested alginate alongside 60 similar fibrous materials. They found that alginate was particularly effective in preventing the absorption of fat by the gut.

This clearly points to a potential weight loss treatment. The team suggest that alginate can be added to everyday products such as bread, in order to make a "weight loss bread": in fact, the team suggest that bread made with alginate is thicker and tastier than normal bread. However, the team warn against this being a miracle cure, and advise that adding alginatesto food is only part of the solution.

Because these alginates are extracted from seaweed, it's possible to get the benefits directly by adding seaweed to your daily cooking. The two types of seaweed known to havehigh levels of alginate are known as Wakame Seaweed and Kombu Seaweed. They are suitable for adding to soups and stir-fries, and have a taste and consistently similar to other vegetables.

Both wakame seaweed and kombu seaweed are available from