Our Wakame – Brown Seaweed, (Undaria pinnatifida)
Wakame was accidentally introduced into New Zealand waters from Japan sometime before 1987 and is regarded in New Zealand as being an invasive species. Wakame seaweed is considered to be one of the 100 most invasive species on the planet, but it also happens to be extremely rich in nutrients.
The medicinal powers and benefits of seaweed have been used for centuries because of their proven ability to prolong life and enhance health and beauty. Over the last decade, continuing worldwide research has shown brown seaweed to be the most beneficial of all seaweeds.
The health benefits of Wakame have been published in more than 1000 scientific articles in The US National Library of Medicine. The research shows that the therapeutic properties include immune system enhancement, relief of digestive/intestinal disorders, allergy control, improvement of liver functions, powerful anti-oxidant action, cholesterol and blood pressure regulation, blood sugar stabilization and the promotion of healthy skin and hair.
Wakame is a storehouse of antioxidants, vitamins and protein, this super seaweed is also rich in omega 3 oil, more than 71 different trace minerals like calcium (15 times more than milk), iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron & and complex sugars. It’s also well known that the alginate content of Wakame is able to detoxify and can nourish the body inside and out.
Our marine environment is many folds richer in its biodiversity than most in the world, thereby making our marine organisms unique; with the pollution and mankind problems eliminated it grows as it should.
The majority of the investigations on the small molecules (metabolites) derived from brown seaweed have revealed their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
One of the most important components in Wakame is a substance called Fucoidan.
The cosmetic effect of Fucoidan on human skin was first discovered by accident – in an experiment with Fucoidan a researcher was repeatedly touching brown seaweed extract with her bare hands, and to her surprise the sores on the skin of her hands healed.
It’s also known that Fucoidan helps whiten the skin.
Dark dull skin can be caused by over-exposure to the sun, environmental pollution, medical conditions, stress, sleep deprivation, diet or prolonged use of synthetic or harmful ingredient based cosmetic products (this is very common). The Fucoidan in New Zealand Secret products lighten your skin’s appearance and it’s a 100% natural ingredient.
Fucoidan is known to protect skin from UV radiation and inhibit the production of melanin in skin that has already been exposed to the sun’s rays. It regenerates skin cells and activates the natural restorative ability of the skin.
Fucoidan improves various skin problems by protecting the precious skin moisture, with dryness being one of the greatest enemies of beautiful skin. When skin lacks water and oil, it starts to lose its elasticity and wrinkles tend to appear more easily.