Sea vegetables are often regarded as superfoods due to an exceptionally broad spectrum of nutrients. Due to being rich in a wide array of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids and other antioxidants, many algae were a source of food for our ancestors. Nowadays we understand better how various bioactive compounds in algae, phytoplankton and other marine plants can benefit our health.
Trace minerals in algae, in particular iodine present in Irish moss and bladderwrack and also zinc and selenium, are critical for optimal function of the thyroid gland which controls the body’s metabolism, function of the heart, brain, digestive system, and muscles and bones. The vitamins, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants in these algae are beneficial in reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease as well as improving mental clarity and mood by acting as “food for the brain”. They can “recharge” our cells, enhancing the body’s energy and vitality.
Key Synergy Nutrients:
Irish Moss* is an edible red seaweed that is rich in various micronutrients, including iodine. Iodine is essential in the production of thyroid hormones, which in turn are critical in regulating metabolism, energy production, heart function, and the growth of bones and muscles. Compounds such as fucoxanthin and alginate may support regulation of blood sugar level while the antioxidant properties of Irish moss can help in protecting against free radical damage, environmental pollutants, and smoking. It is also shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
Bladderwrack* is a type of brown seaweed that is a rich source of vitamins (A, B12, C), minerals including iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc and phytochemicals such as fucoidan. Bladderwrack is known to aid in digestion, improve immunity, and support healthy liver and overall metabolism. The phytochemicals fucoxanthin and phlorotannin also support the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of bladderwrack.
Burdock* is a plant related to daisies and sunflowers. It is a good source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids helpful in nourishing the skin, hair and nail growth. Burdock contains phenolic acids and luteolin, which protect from free radical damage and help reduce complications of widespread inflammation. It also contains a compound called inulin, which is a prebiotic fiber. Inulin aids in digestive health, and helps in maintenance of normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The unique antibacterial properties of burdock are useful in killing bacteria hidden in biofilms and reducing infections at various sites in the body.
BioPerine is a black pepper extract prepared from dried fruits of the Indian pepper plant (Piper nigrum). This extract, standardized to 95% piperine, gives the distinctive biting taste to black pepper. Piperine is shown to increase absorption of other essential nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, selenium, beta carotene, coenzyme Q10, and phytochemicals from green tea and turmeric. By stimulating the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, piperine helps in digestion of fats and carbohydrates and promotes digestive health by increasing healthy intestinal bacteria. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar level, decrease the effects of inflammation especially in the cardiovascular and nervous systems and may prevent growth of some types of cancer cells.
* Organic ingredients.