It’s estimated that nearly 10% of the American population has diabetes.
That’s over 30 MILLION Americans!
By contrast, just over 7% of the adult population of Japan has diabetes – a mere 7 million cases.
So… what do the Japanese know that we don’t?!
A better question would be… what are they EATING that we’re NOT?
It’s one of the most abundant “sea vegetables” out there…
When it spreads to areas beyond its native habitat in the Far East… it TAKES OVER harbor areas and coastal shorelines!
But Japanese marine biologists know that this type of seaweed is by NO MEANS a pest.
Because it’s been proven to make blood sugar woes DISAPPEAR… and yank the reins on insulin to keep your sensitivity to it PERFECT.
And it’s a staple of nearly EVERY Japanese meal.
Erase EVERY hallmark of diabetes
Even if you’ve never heard of wakame (Undaria pinnatifida), you might’ve eaten this seaweed at a Japanese or sushi restaurant.
It’s a key ingredient in miso soup and many seaweed salads (usually garnished with a bit of sesame seed).
Where it thrives in the cold waters off the coast of the Japanese archipelago, so-called “ocean farmers” have been cultivating wakame for HUNDREDS of years.
But its use dates back MUCH farther than that…
Archeologists have discovered its residue sticking to Japanese cookware from 3,000 years ago!
Back then, no one had A CLUE about type 2 diabetes.
But this seaweed’s incredibly dense nutritional value made it so valuable in the 1700s… it was accepted as a form of tax payment!
And for millennia, it’s protected the Japanese – and cultures from its neighboring Asian countries like China and Korea – from the scourge of skyrocketing blood sugar and insulin resistance.
All that – in a society NOTORIOUS for eating LOADS of starchy white rice!
The key to its antidiabetic activity might be the pigment that gives wakame its deep green or brownish color… a type of carotenoid called fucoxanthin (or Fx for short).
In a 2009 study on mice, Fx brought excess levels of blood glucose AND insulin BACK TO NORMAL.
You see, when fat deposits have taken over your body, it can SABOTAGE your metabolism in several ways:
Promoting insulin resistance
Encouraging the storage of MORE fat, and
Releasing markers of inflammation
But Fx can improve… and even REVERSE… insulin resistance .
It can also target your specialized cells for the storage of fat, known as adipocytes. And it can regulate how much cytokines are secreted by white adipose tissue… thereby reducing inflammation.
As you know, both diabetes AND obesity are characterized by UNRELENTING – but low — levels of inflammation.
A 2015 study out of Japan, researchers found that Fx also boosts the action of a protein that helps glucose be used for energy by skeletal muscle… instead of floating around in your bloodstream, where it can WREAK HAVOC.
That’s an action normally performed by insulin…
But when insulin FAILS you… here comes Fx to save the day.
Because Fx changes the way your body metabolizes fat, it can ALSO help you maintain a healthy weight…
And it can stave off some of the metabolic complications of diabetes.
Wakame – or any kind of seaweed, really – was UNHEARD OF in the U.S. until the 1960s, when the hippies adopted a vegetarian-friendly way of eating known as the “macrobiotic diet.”
Now, I would never suggest you give up eating meat or seafood… but fortunately you don’t have to.
You can still find wakame in health stores and Asian grocery stores.
If you can’t find it fresh, it’s easy to rehydrate the dried version.