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Fucoxanthin and Experiential Test

Updated on July 7, 2013

An Experiential Test

I've been hearing about Fucoxanthin lately. Some say it's the weight loss solution we've been waiting for and others say it doesn't work. It is primarily touted as a way to lose belly fat, that dangerous layer of fat that surrounds the organs. I do not have much belly fat; my fat prefers to hang out around my hips and thighs. I decided to experiment to see if this magical brown seaweed would have any effect on my lower-half fat. This will be an experiential test, because I am not going to weigh or measure myself. I am not going to be obsessive about the details. If fact, I am just going to live my life as I have been with the addition of taking 1 capsule with four ounces of water, twice a day, 20 minutes before eating.


The product I am using is called Fucoselean. I purchased Focoselean from Farmacopia, a natural pharmacy that I trust, and the price was reasonable. If you want to try it's their phone number: 800-896-1484. At this point I want to clearly say I do not benefit financially from using this product at all! In fact, I don't even know if Fucoselean will work for me. This is merely a test, only a test...but I do hope it works!

What is in Fucoselean? Here are the ingredients as listed on the bottle: A proprietary blend: 900 mg Brown Seaweed (Undaria pinnatfida) (Added concentrate fucoxanthin, 10mg/100mg,10%) Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus),Sargassi Seaweed (Sargassum muticum), Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), Green Tea (50% extract), Raspberry, containing ellagic acid, Chromium (polynicotinate) 240mcg.

Brown Seaweed and What ?

Let's take a deeper look at the ingredients to discover why they were chosen.

  • Fucoxanthin is the caratenoid, or pigment, that turns brown seaweed brown. Eaten for centuries by Asians as Wakame, it's best recognized in Miso soup and is said to have a thermogenic effect.
  • Bladderwrack is a brown algae, and according to David L. Hoffmann B.Sc. (Hons), M.N.I.M.H., where obesity is associated with thyroid trouble, this herb may be very helpful in reducing the excess weight.
  • Sargassi Seaweed is potentially used for lowering cholesterol.
  • Irish Moss, although it has many medicinal uses, this seaweed has been used as a food in maintenance diets for diabetes patients.
  • Green Tea has been found to play an important role in supporting fat-burning and healthy weight management.
  • Raspberry offers many documented health benefits, and is currently being used in Japan as a weight loss supplement.
  • Chrominium Polynicotinate Chromium polynicotinate has been shown to possess greater biological activity than other chromium picolinate weight loss supplements.

These ingredients all make sense! I can see why this may work.

The Experiment Begins

I took my first capsule yesterday, 20 minutes before lunch. Lunch was at 2:00 and although I didn't end up eating dinner until 9:30, due to an appointment. I had a light snack in the late afternoon. I didn't take another pill before my late dinner, because I wanted to be sure to be able to sleep. I had plenty of energy yesterday, and my interest in eating was definitely lessened. When I say plenty of energy, I don't mean hyper, teeth grinding, heart palpitating energy. I mean balanced, feel good, sustained energy. Today I took one capsule 20 minutes before breakfast. So far so good! I'll keep you posted as I continue on.


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    • Jody Heckenlively profile imageAUTHOR

      Jody Heckenlively 

      9 years ago

      Well it's been 3 weeks now and I'm still taking Fucoselean twice a day. I like the energy, and how I feel. Have I gotten smaller? Sometimes I think so and sometimes I don't! Without measuring and weighing, alot depends on my state of mind!

    • Jody Heckenlively profile imageAUTHOR

      Jody Heckenlively 

      9 years ago

      That's interesting. I wonder what is done about the taste...!

    • mayhmong profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I heard that seaweed was also added to ice cream and toothpaste to keep its thick looking form. Keep us updated on your seaweed quest!

    • Jody Heckenlively profile imageAUTHOR

      Jody Heckenlively 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Kimi - as tempted as I am to weigh and measure, I'm not going to! Stay tuned...

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      9 years ago

      Interesting idea in deed for a blog. Should stir alot of interest and followers. I'm subscribed. Can't wait to see your results.

    • Jody Heckenlively profile imageAUTHOR

      Jody Heckenlively 

      9 years ago

      Well that's encouraging! I don't really love the taste of seaweed, although I do eat spirulina in my morning smoothie. The taste is masked by all the other stuff I put in it! It will be fun to see what happens...thanks for your comments.

    • BkCreative profile image


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Having lived in S. Korea for many years and admiring their great health and use of seaweed, I decided to try this product about a year ago. Well, it was on sale, and I had a coupon and a woman on line said 'get it and use my 20% store discount.' Everything conspired for me to try the product and...So I did.

      I did see results and was very satisfied!

      But I don''t believe in using a pill forever to do what food should do - I'd have to keep buying and buying and buying. Periodically, I will pop into Asian markets and pick up the real thing and try to incorporate it in my diet.

      But I do think it may be safer than anything else on the market and will give you a bit of a start in the right direction.

      Would love to know your results.


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