Algae Nutrition: Green Slimy Stuff As a Super Food?

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What can a diet based in algae nutrition really do for your health? Algae offers a stunning array of health benefits.

Chlorella and Spirulina have been shown to be effective in treating and even reversing the following conditions:
  • Cancer (All types)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Severe liver damage
  • Liver disorders
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Hemorroids
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Bleeding gums
  • Infections
  • Inflammation of joints and tissues
  • Body odor/breath odor
  • Various degenerative diseases
  • Essential fatty acid deficiencies
  • Mineral deficiencies

Both Chlorella and Spirulina are particularly useful for:

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• People with poor digestion and assimilation (these micro-algae are easy to digest and absorb)

• People with poor vitality and anemia

• Individuals who consumer large quantities of animal protein (the micro-algae protein, in contrast, is easier to digest and offers a far healthier balance of minerals)

• People who eat refined or processed foods

• People who take prescription drugs (spirulina protects the kidneys and liver)

• People who are overweight or obese

• People who engage in physical exercise and /or strength training

• People with low energy levels (feeling depleted, exhausted, etc.)

In fact, in terms of algae nutrition, both Chlorella and Spirulina have been described as the "perfect super food.”

Algae use as food has been cited in Chinese literature as early as 2500 years ago (Tseng 2004). Several parts of Asia are well known for consuming algae (mostly seaweed) directly and some indigenous people in Africa, South America and Mexico consume small quantities of naturally occurring algae mostly because of the vitamins and algae nutrition they provide.

Natural drug products have always had a strong influence on the drug discovery and design. There is no denial to the fact that marine habitat has enormous potential for discovery of chemotherapeutic agents which would be of great help in treating and preventing diseases.

As the marine algae survive in tough environments they have developed unique defense mechanisms and biochemical pathways producing metabolites that provide pharmacologically active drug substances. Algae not only provide therapeutic substances but they also provide essential substances for the human diet.

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As algae have shown activity to promote plant growth they are used as bio-fertilizers but they are equally effective in improving human health when added to the diet plan.

Microalgae look small and primitive but they are most organized and complete source of extremely diverse chemical nutrients. Biologically active and essential components such as minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, polysaccharides and sterols are all available in large amounts.

Modern pharmaceutical and food industries are emphasizing on the development of harvesting methods to produce large amounts of algae of particular importance in the industry. Harvesting and culture of algae species such as Laminaria, Porphyra, and Gracilaria and microalgae (Spirulina and Dunaliella) is being done.

Microalgae for algae nutrition are nowadays marketed in different forms such as tablets, capsules and liquids. They can also be incorporated into pastas, snack foods, candy bars or gums, and beverages, noodles, wine, beverages, breakfast cereals, nutrition bars, and cookies.

The use of micro algae as a health food ingredient is gaining popularity as it can be grown in a simple culture medium containing water, nutrients (nitrates and phosphates) and carbon dioxide.

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