Nature has always been there providing us with everything we need to support our health; all we have to do is recognize and embrace its gifts. Sea cucumber, a marine animal in the phylum Echinodermata, is one such gift. There are over 1,250 species of this ancient animal.
A species known as Cucumaria Frondosa has been studied extensively for its powerful nutrient profile. The rigid waters of the North Atlantic off the coast of Nova Scotia preserve higher nutrient levels than those found in warmer climates.
As we age, it becomes more imperative to support our immune system and mitigate inflammation for optimal health and longevity. C. Frondosa has been recognized for its high antioxidant capacity. It’s a good source of zinc and protein for immune building and function; it is also a good source of vitamins B and C to help reduce stress and repair the adrenal glands.
C. Frondosa is rich in Triterpene glycosides (saponins) such as Frondoside A, Frondanol A5P, Heteroglycans, and Chondroitin sulfate, some of which have been shown to be antiviral, antifungal, immunomodulating, anticancer, anticoagulant, and anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation taxes the immune system.
C. Frondosa contains powerful nutrients like EPA, DHA, and Saponins that diminish inflammation. Communities in Asia and the Middle East have meticulously prepared and enjoyed the benefits of Sea cucumbers for thousands of years, but recently companies have developed whole food supplements that encapsulate those powerful nutrients, making it easy to obtain its benefits on a daily basis.
Author: Marina Silverio, R.H.N. is a holistic nutritional consultant, reiki and intuitive energy practitioner. She is a freelance writer, speaker, teacher, and has a private practice in Toronto. Her work is guided intuitively to help identify blockage and increase the flow of healing energy throughout the body. She uses a holistic approach that looks at the interconnection of the body, mind, and spirit to find a nutritional and lifestyle plan that suit her clients.