Hijiki Sargassum fusiforme nutrition facts and other information

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Hijiki Sargassum fusiforme nutrition facts and other information

Hijiki or Sargassum fusiforme is a brown seaweed with several stipes arising from common holdfast area. These form the main axes of the plant from which short branches of variable sizes grow in whorls. The yellow-brown color of the alga turns to nearly black when dried. Here we will provide you nutrition facts and other helpful information about this seaweed.


Empire       Eukayota         
Kingdom    Chromista
Phylum      Ochrophyta
Class         Phaeophyceae      
Order         Fucales        
Family       Sargassceae        
Genus       Sargassum         


Homotypic synonyms

Cystophyllum fusiforme, Turbinaria fusiformis, Hizikia fusiformis


Common names

Gulfweed, hijiki, hiziki, hai tso, chiau tsai, hai ti tun, hai toe din, hai tsao, hoi tsou, nongmichae

Geographical distribution

S. fusiforme is found growing attached to rocky substrate on coastlines of Japan, Korea and China. It is often torn loose by waves and released to a free-floating form. Large Sargassum beds, including S. fusiforme find their way to the Sargasso Sea of the Atlantic Ocean.


Nutrition facts

The International Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences provides the following values for S. fusiforme determined by El-Shafay:

Ash: 0.33%

Moisture: 0.0686%

Protein: 8.85%

Carbohydrates: 90.71%

Lipid: 0.0204%

Beta-carotene: 201.47 IU/100 mg

Total phenol: 74.97 ppm



According to Zou at al, hijiki is known for rich mineral content, high in calcium, iodine and magnesium.



Katayama at al from the Osaka Aoyama University conducted a study on iron and magnesium accumulation in growing hijiki plants.



Jin at al characterized laminaran and a highly sulfated polysaccharide derived from S. fusiforme.



Wu at al established a highly sensitive method for characterizing the monosaccharide composition of polysaccharides in S. fusiforme. Mannose, glucose, galactose, xylose, fucose and glucuronic acid or galacturonic acid, or both uronic acids were detected.



Han at al investigated hexabromocyclodecane diasteroisomers in S. fusiforme. Various extraction methods were compared under various conditions. Those included ultrasonic-assisted extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, Soxhlet extraction and pressurized liquid extraction.



Xiao at al developed a rapid method for the separation and purification of fucoxanthin from brown algae, including S. fuciforme by microwave-assisted extraction coupled with high speed countercurrent chromatography. The purity of the obtained fucoxanthin determined by HPLC was over 90%.



Potential therapeutic applications

Researchers from Albany Medical College and other associated institutions isolated a S. fuciforme fraction promising to be a potent and specific inhibitor of HIV-1 fusion and reverse transcriptase. An Open Access article under the Creative Commons Attribution License was published by Paskaleva at al in 2008. The results pointed to at least two distinct and biologically active molecules contained within the isolated SP-4 fraction. One inhibits HIV-1 fusion by interacting with CD4 receptor, the other directly inhibits HIV-1 RT. The scientists proposed that S. fusiforme is a lead candidate for anti HIV-1 drug development. http://www.virologyj.com/content/5/1/8


A prior publication by Paskaleva at al (2006) reported S. fusiforme extract to be a potent inhibitor of highly productive HIV-1 infection and replication in T-cells, in primary human macrophages, microglia and astrocytes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16725040


A patent application was filed:


A study published in 2014 by Paskaleva at al determined Palmitic Acid (PA) derived from S. fusiforme to specifically inhibit HIV entry by binding to a novel pocket on the CD4 receptor. A structural analog was also identified as a more effective HIV entry inhibitor with a 20-fold increase in efficacy. The PA derivative is undergoing pre-clinical screening in the drug development process.



A Chinese study (2014) published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed a phytosterol derived from S. fusiforme to be a natural cholesterol lowering agent.



Chen at al evaluated in vivo and in vitro anti-tumor potential of S. fusiforme derived polysaccharide isolated by hot water extraction and ethanol precipitation. The orally administered polysaccharide improved the immune response in tumor bearing mice. Anti-tumor properties of the compound were also demonstrated in vitro.



A Chinese study by Liang at al revealed that S. fusiforme polysaccharides induced apoptosis and inhibited proliferation of HL-60 human promyeloid leukemia cells. The results were dose and time dependent. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15259985


Cong at al isolated and structurally characterized an alginate fraction from S. fusiforme. Biological activity of the alginate and its sulfated derivative were examined. The sulfated derivative exhibited strong anti-angiogenic effect. Anti-tumor activity was observed both in the native and derivative alginate.



In a study by Ji at al, polysaccharides from S. fusiforme induced human gastric cancer cell line SGC 7901 apoptosis via a mitochondrial-mediated pathway. The authors suggested that that the results might point toward an agent for cancer treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24212007


A Korean study by Jang and Joo examined the effect of S. fusiforme ethanol extract and fractions obtained from ethyl acetate on hair re-growth in mice. Positive results were shown both in vivo (dose > 20 mg/kg) and in vitro models.



Jin at al demonstrated neuroprotective effects of heteropolysaccharides from S. fusiforme, although the mechanism wasn’t clear. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24680812


Wang at al investigated antioxidant activities and intestinal functions of polysaccharides extracted from S. fusifirme (SFP) in normal and cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppressed mice. Various doses of SFP were used. The results showed that administration of SFP was able to overcome the immunosuppression, and significantly increased the spleen index and antioxidant activities in mice.



A Japanese study by Okai at al demonstrated a significant immunomodulating activity in hot water soluble extract of edible hijiki when administered to mice. The polysaccharide fraction of the extract had a much higher activity than the one containing no polysaccharides.



A publication by Koyama discussing the inhibitory activity of marine algae against osteoclast differentiation indicates that an extract of S. fusiforme had been shown to exhibit anti-osteoporosis activity. The extract suppressed both osteoclast differentiation and accelerated osteoclast formation in separate in vitro experiments. It also showed anti-osteoporosis activity in ovariectomized mice by regulating the balance between bone resorption and bone formation.



Common use

S. fusiforme has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is said to aid in skin and hair health and prevent anemia. The high iodine content also makes it ideal for fighting goiter.

The alga is enjoyed as part of Asian cuisine for its nutty flavor.

Although, the UK Food Standards Agency and its counterparts in other countries have warned consumers not to eat hijiki because of its inorganic arsenic content. In a study published in 2012 by Yokoi and Konomi, dietary exposure to hijiki in rats was examined. Diet supplemented with 3% (w/w) hijiki powder for 7 weeks led to a marked accumulation of arsenic in blood and tissue and to abnormalities consistent with arsenic poisoning. Further investigation was suggested.


A Chinese study aiming at heavy metal risk assessment found no dangerous levels of heavy metals in S. fuciforme.



Commercial extracts

The function of Sargassum fusiforme extract CAS No. 223751-79-9 is listed as skin protecting on the Ingredients of Cosmetics list.



Water soluble polysaccharide extract (light yellow powder) sold for the following applications:

1. Medical anti-tumor, immunity regulation, lowering blood sugar and fat, anti-coagulation, anti-oxidation and other;

2. Cosmeticsmoisturizing, whitening, anti-aging;

3. Tobaccoincreasing flavor, moisture retention, reducing tar

Claims for cosmetic use:

S. fusiforme extract containing algin acid, crude protein, vitamins, enzymes and trace elements, when absorbed through the skin, can reduce surface lipids, and improve hematopoietic function; anti-wrinkle, anti-aging performance; can stimulate collagen and elastin fiber cells.


Cosmetic products cotaining S. fusiforme extract

S. fusiforme extract is generally found in skin toners, moisturizers and anti-aging treatments.



Organic Facial Mask

100% natural cotton mask pack

Main ingredients: S. fusiforme and S. filipendula extracts, Allantoin, Squalane, Glycerine, Cellulose gum, Ceramide2, DL-Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Seamollient extract, Aloe leaf powder, Arbutin

Claim: will keep skin healthy looking and elastic

Product fully biodegradable




Marine Mineral Mask

Nourishing moisturizing mask created using cellulose sheets made in Germany. Contains Hizikia extract.



Skinfactory Co (S. Korea)

Skinframe Calming Solution Refresh Facial Moisture Cream

Ingredients: sea staghorn, S. fusiforme, Eclonia cava, Ceylon moss and skullcap extract remove dead cells and care for pores; hydrolyzed collagen and snail mucus filtrate turn dry skin supple and refreshed; niacinamide provides whitening effect



SkinCure (Korea)

DaUnBee Nutrition Moisturizing Liposome Cream

All natural ingredients, including hizikia extract



MS Beau Solution

La’perle Clearing Toner

Ingredients: pearl extract, deap sea water, marine collagen extract, Hizikia fusiforme extract, Codium tometosum extract, Gelidium cartilagineum extract




KYC (Chinese supplier; S. Korean origin)

Korea Seaweed Fusiforme (Hijiki) Extract Healthy Drink

Ingredients: Fusiforme Extract (92.4%), Black Garlic Extract (5%), Oligosaccharide (2.6%)

Promoted for aiding health and beauty, thick, black lustrous hair




Women’s Ultra Daily Multi-vitamin and Mineral Supplement

Includes S. fusiforme extract as part of “Energy and vitality blend extract”



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