Fucoidans are intricate polysaccharides naturally present in brown seaweeds, serving as a defence mechanism against water-borne pathogens and environmental challenges. Each species of brown seaweed harbours a unique fucoidan compound with distinct physical and chemical properties. These lengthy polysaccharides exhibit high bioactivity, supported by extensive research affirming their health benefits for both animals and humans.
YelpKelp® believes its product is a leading holistic preventative organic pet supplement for dogs, backed by over 2290 scientific studies showcasing fucoidan's remarkable ability to bolster the immune system and enhance the body's defences against diseases and viruses.
Furthermore, research indicates fucoidan's potential to impede the metastasis of cancer cells.
THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF FUCOIDAN
For centuries, fucoidan-containing seaweeds have been esteemed for their dietary and therapeutic attributes. Particularly well-documented in Asian cultures, seaweeds have been employed to address various health conditions, ranging from nausea and congestion to inflammation, abscesses, and tumours.
Despite seaweeds' long medicinal history, it wasn't until the twentieth century that fucoidan was isolated and acknowledged for its therapeutic potential. With commercial availability, global research into its unique bioactive properties surged.
Today, fucoidan extracts find applications in dietary supplements, medical devices, veterinary products, and skincare formulations, owing to the extensive scientific exploration.
ARE ALL FUCOIDANS EQUAL?
Not all fucoidans are alike, as many seaweed species either lack sufficient fucoidan content or possess dangerously high iodine levels for daily supplementation. Research highlights that fucoidan's bioactivity hinges on two crucial factors:
THE EXTRACTION METHOD & THE SEAWEED SPECIES OF ORIGIN
These factors ultimately determine efficacy. YelpKelp® employs an extraction process that preserves the integrity and functionality of fucoidan, ensuring superior quality and enhanced bioactivity.
YelpKelp® sources its certified organic fucoidan ingredient from Marinova, the creator of MariVet® by Marinova, tailored for animal health and veterinary applications.
MariVet® combines the benefits of Fucus vesiculosus and Undaria pinnatifida fucoidans, marine polyphenols, and wakame seaweed to offer a bioactive and nutrient-rich dietary supplement.
Fucus vesiculosus fucoidan demonstrates potent bioactivities related to gut health, cancer, and immune function in animal models. Its polyphenolic content acts as an excellent antioxidant, protecting against free radical damage. Undaria pinnatifida fucoidan contributes to digestive function, inflammation management, and immunity enhancement.
The inclusion of wakame seaweed ensures a whole food nutritional profile, providing soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, essential fatty acids, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, and vitamins.
Together, MariVet® constituents promote better digestion, injury healing, and increased resistance to infections.
ABOUT THE FUCOIDAN EXTRACTS
MariVet® fucoidan extracts, derived from wild-grown Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus seaweed, are unique, certified organic ingredients developed, tested, and validated for veterinary applications. Marinova's proprietary extraction process ensures fucoidan extracts remain unadulterated in chemical structure and free from solvent residues.
Scientific studies indicate that including fucoidan in animal feeds has potential benefits across various health aspects, such as:
- Immune Health: Mobilisation of stem cells, increased antibody production, inhibition of viral entry, and decreased allergic responses.
- Anti-Cancer Properties: Cell cycle arrest or apoptosis in cancer cells, increased immune clearance of cancer cells, decreased metastasis, and inhibition of angiogenesis.
- Digestive Health: Prevention of pathogenic bacteria and viruses, improvement in gut microbial balance, decreased inflammatory processes, and modulation of liver enzymes.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Direct inhibition of receptor binding, prevention of inflammatory cell accumulation, inhibition of inflammatory enzymes COX-1, COX-2, and LOX-15, and reduction of allergic and UV-induced inflammation.
- Cardiovascular Health: Improved serum lipids, decreased inflammatory processes, improved tissue vascularization, and modulation of irregular coagulation.
- Healthy Aging: Prevention of neuronal damage, increased SIRT1 expression, decreased inflammatory processes, improved serum lipids, and inhibition of matrix-degrading enzymes.