I discussed using Fucoidan for CFS in a blog entry here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/fucoidan-for-cfs/
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that is found in various types of brown seaweeds. I have now completed the Fucoidan treatment.
I took Fucoidan for 9 weeks at the high dose of 1000mg per day. Studies have shown that this daily dose of Fucoidan can be effective against osteoarthritis.
I did not experience any improvement in CFS symptoms while taking Fucoidan. Conversely, I did not experience any side effects while undertaking the Fucoidan treatment.
There have been in excess of 850 studies performed on Fucoidan and in my last blog entry about this treatment, I detailed some of the impressive properties of Fucoidan. Despite the studied potential benefits resultant from Fucoidan consumption, I am not overly surprised that Fucoidan had no effect on my CFS symptoms. In my last blog entry about this treatment, I stated that “I do not consider Fucoidan to be a serious CFS treatment and am hence only taking it on the side, next to more conventional and prescription CFS treatments.”
Fucoidan is often advertised as a panacea for many illnesses. This claim is often justified by the plethora of studies performed on Fucoidan that have discerned a range of medicinal properties. When these studies are examined closer, it becomes evident that the majority of these are in vitro or in vivo (mice) studies. Fucoidan had no effect on my CFS symptoms however this was not an unexpected outcome.