Benifits and Properties of Algae
“All Seaweeds are Algae; All Algae are not Seaweeds. In the botanical world Algae’s are the umbrellas under which seaweeds reside ”
Seaweeds also known, as Kelp and Algae’s are the oldest forms of life on our planet, they are a treasure chest of natural chemicals and beneficial ingredients. All life began in the mineral rich waters of our oceans. Seaweeds draw from the sea an incomparable wealth of mineral elements, macro-elements, vitamins, amino acid, enzyme and trace elements that are essential to maintaining whole health. These nutrients are necessary for health and life. When we introduce these elements, it helps the body hydrate tissues, hold hydration and are the exact proportions to maintain electrolytic balance. The Botanical family of Algae’sThere are four families of algae’s that are defined according to their color and that the color plays an important role in enabling these plants to adapt to their marine environments, as well as their uses and nutritional value.
Blue-Green Algae- These algae’s are extremely rich in proteins, approximately 50-60%. The best example of blue-green algae is Spirulina, which can be found in alkaline waters.
Green Algae- Has a higher concentration of chlorophyll than any other plant on planet earth. It contains many powerful antioxidants and brain-healthy vitamins such as B, C, D, E and even the elusive vitamin K. The slew of minerals found in green algae are phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron and there is more protein per once than steak. Green algae can be found in the inlets and bays along coastlines.
Brown Algae- Are especially rich in beta-carotenes and help fight free radicals. Brown algae can be found attached to rocks in deep waters or in inter-tidal pools.
Red Algae- Contains carrageenans; which is a type of sugar molecule that is believed to boost interferon production in the immune system. It also has antioxidant effects which counters damage free radicals do to cells and is also known to have anti-viral compounds. Red algae is found in the deepest waters along the continental shelf.
Benifits and Properties of Seaweed
Certain seaweeds are more potent than others depending on where they grow. The higher on the continental shelf a plant grows, or the shallower the water depth, the higher the chlorophyll content because of the greater amount of sunlight filtering through the water. The lower or deeper they grow the higher the calcium-magnesium content is. This nutritional component is important when considering their therapeutic benefits. Algae’s are the first link in the food chain. However harvested in pure sea waters, seaweeds can be considered natures most complete and balanced nutrient. All of the minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and hormones are found in abundance. Seaweeds have a natural anti-ageing and anti cellulite properties. Essential Fatty Acids that are contained in Seaweed are a part of the lipid layer in your skin, and help maintain the suppleness and elasticity of skin. These fats have long been known to be necessary for the body's functioning, their deficiency results in the skin losing moisture and leading to hardening and drying. Only recently, however, has their role in skincare become clearly understood. Essential Fatty Acids along with Ceramides, Oxidants, Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Vitamin A & E work harmoniously to ensure that the skin is nourished from deep within as well as stimulate the renewal of damaged skin cells and detoxify, cleanse, tone the skin, naturally smooth and moister the skin. They are now an important constituent of products for intensive skincare. As seaweed sources it’s nourishment from the sea, it absorbs an incomparable abundance of beneficial ingredients, remember life began in the sea. All of our products contain only the finest organic ingredients and are free from artificial colours, synthetic fragrances and harmful ingredients.