Nutraceuticals International gets US patent for fucoxanthin extract

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The US Trademark and Patent Office has issued a patent to Nutraceuticals International LLC for the proprietary manufacturing of its FucoPure fucoxanthin extract.

The patent (No. 7,892,580) covers the process of producing a concentrated form of fucoxanthin while reducing heavy metals and iodine content commonly found in Wakame seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida​).

The process allows a concentration of the fucoxanthin content from about 0.01 percent observed typically in the seaweed to 10.8 percent by weight.

Fucoxanthin, is a carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweeds like Wakame and Hijiki (Hijikia fusiformis​). Previous research has found that fucoxanthin isolated from wakame can aid the loss of abdominal fat in mice.

The patent, “Process for producing a stable concentrated dietary supplement and supplement produced thereby,”​ is available here​.

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