For thousands of years and in many cultures, algae or seaweed has been consumed both as a food and as medicine. It has nutrients and health benefits that are very different from the vegetation on land. Fucoidan is a highly bioactive polysaccharide found mainly in various species of brown algae and brown seaweed. In nature, fucoidan plays a very important role protecting the sporophyll (the reproductive portion of the algae) from bacterial and viral infection and it also helps maintain the overall health of the sporophyll. Once fucoidan is removed or washed off of the sporophyll, the sporophyll loses its reproductive abilities and dies very quickly. This demonstrates the power and importance of fucoidan.
Fucoidan consists of a group of highly sulphated polysaccharides mainly existing in the cell wall of brown algae. Documentation about using brown seaweed as a natural remedy goes back more than two thousand years. In 1913, Professor Kylin of Uppsala University in Sweden identified, extracted, and characterized fucoidan for the first time. In recent years, researchers have studied fucoidan extensively and discovered many of its anti-cancer, antiviral, neuroprotective, and immune-modulating properties.
More and more people have begun to realize the health benefits of fucoidan and have started taking it as a natural health supplement. Nordin Biotech Inc. is a startup company based in Vancouver. The product we manufacture – Canada FUCOIDAN – is the first fucoidan product approved by Health Canada. Nordin Biotech only uses the sporophyll part of undaria pinnatifida, which is richest in fucoidan and the most effective because it contains the highest amount of sulphate esters. Nordin Biotech uses the most advanced technology to release fucoidan without breaking the functional structure, meanwhile removing non-functional content and impurities. We are confident that Canada FUCOIDAN is among the highest quality fucoidan products in the world.