Stimulates thyroid function.
Fucus is useful in cases of hypothyroidism and at the beginning of a slimming cure as it favours the thyroid function and stimulates the metabolism, from time to time it acts as the slimming process starter. It was described for the first time in 1862 by the physician Duchesne in regards to its slimming "quality" that was rightly attributed to the regularisation of the metabolism of fats obtained thanks to an endocrine stimulation. One of the implemented therapeutic techniques in the treatment of obesity is to stimulate thyroid function in order to accelerate the basal metabolic rate. For this purpose thyroid extracts are routinely administered, the use of which can be harmful in patients in which the functionality of the gland, in most cases, is normal. If in small doses in fact, in addition to not increasing metabolic combustions, they can help to rest the thyroid causing a hypothyroidism, in high doses, which leads to slimming, can cause, among other things, a state of thyrotoxicosis. In Phytotherapy algae is used, and in particular Fucus, since, thanks to the iodine levels it is able to increase thyroid function. Fucus' action, which begins to show after three weeks of therapy, is mainly localised in areas mostly rich in adipose tissue (hips, thighs, etc.). Fucus may be combined with other plants such as ash, birch etc. Fucus, finally, is used due to its endocrine action, in the treatment of psoriasis, a dermopathy whose origin is caused by an imbalance of the lipid levels. Another important component is alginic acid, a mucilaginous substance that absorbs water and has effects such as the protection of the mucosa (intestine and stomach as antacid) and satiation.
- Inorganic (0.05%) and protein (0.07%) iodine
- Carbohydrates (65% alginate)
- Carotenoids, bromophenols, ascorbic acid, minerals, fixed oil, alginates
It should not be used in patients with hyperthyroidism and there are no reliable data on safe use during pregnancy and lactation.
Widely used in anti-cellulite creams and products for local use as an activator of the metabolism.
Aids weight loss diets, underactive thyroid.