Fucoxanthin is a non-provitamin-A carotenoid with the molecular
formula C42H58O6,Fucoxanthin is a pigment that is present in brown
algae and other members of the phylum ochrophyta.it functions as an
accessory pigment to photosynthesis in the chloroplasts.In
particular, fucoxanthin makes up a major part of the carotenoids in
It has been subject to copious amounts of research and testing at
institutions such as university laboratories and Japan's National
Agriculture and Food Research Organization since around 1990. This
research has made it clear that fucoxanthin is deeply connected to
caspase-3 (a protein-degrading enzyme that is involved in apoptosis
and programmed cell death) and apoptosis (the fragmentation of
Structural Diagram of Fucoxanthin
Fucoxanthin also be called Fuco. It’s a kind of pigment mainly
contained in brown algae, diatoms, chrysophytes and
Eustigmatophyte. Reddish-brown crystalline may be produced when
it’s separated. Fucoxanthin is a kind of xanthophyl and it is the
substance that causes the brown algae to appear brown. Fucoxanthin
can be considered as the specific pigment of brown algae, sometimes
it can be found in diatoms or other algae.
red powder, easy soluble in ethanol, insoluble in water, sensitive
to light, should be protected from light.
high percent content make the color light and deep red.
Edible pigment, health food as anticancer and diet food, etc.
It has Strong anticancer effect.
It is a kind of ideal dietary supplement with a strong antioxidant.
It has obvious effect reducing weight. Fucoxanthin can remove fat
in two ways: First, it can activate the UCP1 protein which can
promote adipolysis. Second, it can simulate liver to produce DHA
which can reduce the cholesterol level.