Brown seaweed fights off cancer cells?

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Question from BriteS: Do you have any information on brown seaweed (algae) such as a product called 'Fucoidan,' which is a potent antioxidant said to be beneficial in fighting off cancer cells? It's popular in Japan.
Answers - Gary Deng The antioxidant effect is not anything special about brown seaweed, because there are so many other things that contain more antioxidant activity. Brown seaweed extract contains mucopolysaccharides which in the laboratory tests have been shown to stimulate certain parts of the immune system. But they do not have a direct effect against cancer cells. Their safety record is pretty good as long as the product is made under good quality control process.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements featured Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2007.

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