Alginates For Weight Loss


Alginates Weight Loss

Studies regarding the alginates’ effects against weight loss

Alginate is actually a material used in dentistry for molding. It can be found, naturally, in large brown seaweeds.

The properties of this material are different from one species to another. When harvesting, the choice becomes complicated, since the process treats both the availability and the particularity of each property the alginate contains. The species that are mostly used for commercial use are: Durvillaea, Ecklonia, Ascophyllum, Lessonia, Macrocystis, Sargassum, Laminaria and Turbinaria.

Alginate: Seaweed Extract

The extracts of seaweed have been used, many times in the past, for numerous products designed especially for weight loss. It seems they have a unique ability to control the weight and suppress the appetite.

There have been many false suppositions and confusing advertises by other companies selling weight loss pills, saying how alginate (this seaweed extract, after all) can’t fight and address weight problems.

The most recent online study shows us how alginates and appetite suppression is only capable depending on the alginates’ source and the applied drinking formula.

Sodium alginate is a type of seaweed extract made from brown algae in the ocean. The extract appears as a mucilaginous polysaccharide carbohydrate that is completely isolated from the algae’s cell walls. We can even find alginate in processed foods, as an additive. The foods in which alginate resides are ice cream and soy sauce (the alginate provides a great taste and flavor in these ones), also gravy (as a thickener).

Alginate Research

Studies that sustain alginate’s weight loss effects

In the Appetite journal, researches showed how the effects of an alginate drink are working perfectly in conjunction with a diet low in calories, for a successful drop in weight. The results showed how the human body can easily tolerate alginate beverages. Yet, it seemed the alginate doesn’t bring any help to the weight loss process. The scientists noted a more conclusive study needs to be conducted.

The journal Obesity published a similar study and found out why alginates’ weight loss results from previous studies weren’t supported. It seems the alginate’s both chemical and physical structure is crucial for the substance to function at its 100% efficacy. It is about its structure in the stomach.

Another study, called the 12 week double-blind study was published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition”, and it was conducted on 80 obese people that were split in two groups. One group was given the alginate and another one was given a fake alginate, this last one being the placebo group. Both groups had to consume a low calorie diet. After 12 weeks, the placebo group lost around 5.04 kg (11.11 lb), and the group really taking the alginate lost around 6.78 kg (14.95 lb).

More Research On Alginate Weight loss

For another study, conducted at the Newcastle University, scientists used artificial guts in order to evaluate 60 naturally occurring fibers. This was indented to see how much fat each one can absorb and also digest. The study proved alginate is superior and can reduce the fat absorbed by the body with 75%. Dr. Iain Brownlee stated “initial findings suggest alginates could offer a very real solution in the battle against obesity.”

The scientists at the University of Copenhagen study noted “To our knowledge, changes in body fat mass in humans after alginate intake have not been reported previously. Besides the effect of weight loss on a reduction in fat mass, it could also be hypothesized that the decreased percentage of body fat could have been because of a prebiotic effect.”

Have you taken an Alginate or brown seaweed extract supplement before? How were your results? Let us know in the comment section below.