What is fucus and why does it help to lose weight?
As we will see throughout this article, under the name of fucus (more concretely, fucus vesiculosus L.) we are faced with a brown or pheophytic seaweed, also known by the name of Sargazo Vejigoso or simply as "on top of the sea" or "on the sea".
It consists of a seaweed that can reach one meter in length. It has a rather flattened stem, which tends to bifurcate forming a series of branches with a certainly characteristic appearance, of color that can oscillate between dark green and brown. We find it especially in the rocks of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. And in our country, for example, it is easy to find it in the submerged rocks of both the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic, specifically from the Basque Country to Andalusia.
The qualities of fucus as a slimming plant is related to its ability to accelerate the basal metabolism , thanks to the fact that it is capable of stimulate the thyroid . This means that the fucus is able to act directly on the thyroid, a regulating gland of our body, so that it helps our body consume more energy when it is in a resting state.
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Basically, we could say that fucus is able to boost caloric intake by our body, thanks to its high content of iodine activates and stimulates the thyroid, increasing the amount of calories and therefore energy consumed by our body.
The main benefits of slimming fucus
While medicinal plants and herbs have always been part of the natural medicine kit of many homes and houses, with the arrival of different medical and naturist specialties in our country, other lesser known natural options have become an option natural in the treatment of many conditions and diseases.
It is the case of algae, which have become a real claim in the cuisine of many restaurants, especially after the food arrived directly from countries like Japan (and the creation of many establishments specializing in it). And not only as a culinary claim, but also as a medicinal option.
This is due, above all, to the different qualities that the fucus contributes when losing weight and losing weight, thus constituting an authentic natural option as an assistant in weight loss diets.
Its main slimming quality is due to its high iodine content . Specifically, 100 grams of fucus contribute between 13 to 23% of mineral salts and trace elements, among which precisely iodine stands out as one of the main. In addition, it also provides interesting amounts of iron, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, lithium, zinc, cobalt, copper, boron and chlorine. Photo: ChrisChrisW / Istockphoto
Iodine, among other aspects, is capable of stimulating the metabolism by acting directly on the thyroid gland. In fact, when the thyroid works poorly or does it slowly (hypothyroidism), one of the main consequences is weight gain.
Therefore, since fucus has an interesting amount of iodine, It is very useful in slimming diets and as a supplement in very low calorie diets , by stimulating the thyroid and making our metabolism accelerate.
- The main thyroid problems: thyroid diseases
Other interesting benefits of fucus in weight loss diets
But the fucus not only helps to accelerate the metabolism and, therefore, to help us when our body consumes a greater amount of energy. Did you know that it also contains algina ? It is a substance with mucilaginous characteristics, capable of swelling when it reaches our stomach. This translates into something very simple: it gives us a feeling of fullness, reducing appetite.
On the other hand, 100 grams of fucus provide around 8 grams of fiber. A regular consumption of fiber is also very interesting in weight loss diets, since it helps to stimulate our intestinal transit, and is very useful in the prevention or treatment of constipation. In addition, fiber acts as an excellent natural satiety, and among other qualities, it is interesting to reduce high blood cholesterol levels.
How to take the fucus to lose weight?
The most common use of fucus is as a supplement in weight loss diets. The most common is to buy it in herbalists and health food stores or specialized establishments; and we find it mostly in the form of capsules and pills. However, it is also possible to buy it in the form of drops. Therefore, the recommended daily amount of fucus will depend on the form of presentation we have acquired:
- How to take fucus in pills: The most usual thing is to take 2 capsules of fucus before each meal. But as we mentioned before, we should always look at the quantities recommended in the labeling of the container we have purchased. The most common is that each capsule contains around 100 mg. of powder criomolido ficus stem. In any case, it is advised to take the capsules accompanied by a large glass of water.
- How to take fucus in drops: The most common recommendation is to take between 20 to 30 drops a day, divided into 3 main meals (that is, between 5 to 10 drops before meals). It is advisable to take it with a little water, or accompany it with natural fruit juice.
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What are the main contraindications of the fucus?
Like any plant, herb or medicinal treatment, however natural it may be, we must always pay attention to the contraindications that may prevent us from consuming it. For example, Fucus consumption during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not recommended .
In addition, since it is a plant with stimulating qualities of the thyroid gland, its consumption is not recommended in people with hyperthyroidism . In fact, we must warn that the administration of iodine in high amounts, especially in the long term, can cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism (tachycardia, palpitations, anxiety and insomnia), so at the slightest symptom it is recommended to stop taking it, and not doing it for a long period of time or in large amounts .
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