Bodyslant.

Reversing the effects of gravity have many benefits: relieving back and neck pain by stretching a compressed spine: rebalancing the musculoskeletal system; Improving posture; easing gastrointestinal disorders by unkinking colons and other prolapsed organs; draining sinuses; enhancing lower lung capacity; and stimulating the thyroid and pituitary gland. Increasing blood flower to the head is natural facial that may improve skin and muscle tone, reduce wrinkles, and create a natural glow. Improves memory and encourages clearheadness.

 

 

 

Edible marine algae. Conclusion.

Recent research has confirmed that marine algae (seaweed) can be a valuable supplement to the human diet. In the unpolluted sea environment algae are able to absorb trace elements, minerals, salts and other nutrients. Many of the same nutrients are often lacking in people´s daily diet  because of insufficient variation in our choice of food. In modern commerce, vegetables, fruit and meat products may have these nutrients depleted by inappropriate cultivation or handling practises.

Marine algae in addition to providing important natural fibres, can supplement deficiencies in our diet, e. g. of calcium, potassium, selenium, silicon, vitamins, and the anti-oxidant Q10 and Omega3. However, these are not the only benefits. Recent health studies and environmental reports from UK, Ireland and Sweden have raised new concern about occurrence in food products as well as in the environment of metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and even radioactive strontium, and their effects on the body. Scientists have known for a long time that alginates, which are the main component of Seaweedblend, have en amazing ability to assist the elimination of harmful heavy metals from the body. Swedish clinical research has shown that the sugars contained in the algae have a beneficial effect on the diurnal glucose index curve, and also that algal extracts lower the cholesterol levels in the blood.

In summary, the main benefits of Seaweedblend are:

– reduces excessive blood cholesterol

– improves action of the vascular system,  including the heart

– stabilises the balance of salts and micro-elements

– prevents uptake of heavy metals and radioisotopes (e.g. cadmium, cobalt, lead, mercury, strontium) and also

– reduces the body´s levels of such substances, if already accumulated

– increases enducance and overall physical performance

– increases the shelf-life of bread baked with this ingredient

Edible marine algae. Use of algae in medicine and pharmacology.

Recent research has shown that there are many other biochemically active substances in algae which have a great pharmacological interest. Several species are used traditionally against intestinal worm infestations in humans and antibiotic effects have been shown in many common green, brown and red algae. Extracts from certain algae been shown to inhibit viral infections such as herpes, common flu and mumps.

Japanese research has shown that substances from algae have an inhibiting effect on certain types of cancer on mice.

Laminine oxalate (from Laminaria) is effective against high blood pressure. The polysaccharides of algae have the ability to bind harmful metal ions. This can be used in cases of poisoning by metals or radioactive strontium.

Edible marine algae. Nutritive value.

The nutritive value of algae has some interesting aspects. Generally, the protein content is high and the uptake by humans can be enhanced by boiling, frying, roasting or deep-freezing. There are opinions that the carbohydrates can be made more readily available after consumed algae for some time and there has developed an intestinal bacterial flora which helps the uptake.

Certain green and red algae contain unsaturated fatty acids and tests on rats have shown that when added to the diet the blood cholesterol levels were lowered.

Algae have a relatively low energy content but they can contribute a valuable supplements of minerals, trace elements and vitamins, necessary for humans.

For instance, the content of calcium in Ulva and Laminaria is 4-8 times higher than in soy beans and milk. Iron, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium and zinc are trace elements which are important for humans. The content of iron in Ulva and Enteromorpha is 20-30 times higher than in beef and spinach. Algae contain all the minerals necessary human well-being and are also rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E and K). For example, Porphyra has twenty times more vitamin A and ten times more Niacin than spinach, and has also forty times more vitamin B2 and the same level of vitamin C as tomato. Algae also are rich in B12 and folic acid.

Edible marine algae. Algae as food.

Algae have been used in cooking for thousands of years, especially in the Orient.

The production of ”nori” in Japan and  ”laminaria” in China are of great commercial value. Even in Europe, although more commonly eaten in the past there are still a variety of culinary uses of several species of algae. One of the most appreciated species is Palmaria palmata, which is eaten raw together with fish, potatoes, or butter or which can be boiled with water or milk to form a porridge. Recently there has been a revival of the interest in algae as food specialty in the United States, where cookery books on algae food have been published.

Algae have also been used as a feed supplement for domestic animals e.g. in Scandinavia. In Norway there is an industrial production of algal meal which is used as a feed addditive for poultry, pigs, cows, horses and fur animals.

Edible marine algae. Commercial use.

Algae and algal products, such as agar, carragenin furcellaran and algins, have been used by humans for various purposes from time immemorial. For instance, during the fifteenth and sixtennth centuries soda was extracted from algae for use in glass manufacture and a century ago algae were the predominant source of raw material for iodine production.

Seventy-eight species of algae produce agents of the group geloses, which includes agar. Agar is now produced in e.g. the United States, Australia and New Zealand and since the fifteenth century in Japan. It is well known as a solidifying agent in bacteriological culture media, and is also used in dentistry, cosmetics and medicines (it can be used to assist slimming and as a laxative and to aid the healing of wounds). It is used in meat, fish and poultry canning and can be seen as a thickening agent in desserts, as a clarifying agent in beer and wine production and can even function as a wire-drawing lubricant.

Similarly, a substance extracted from Irish moss, or jelly moss, was formerly used to treat diarrhoea, gastric ulcer and cystitis. It is now harvested for use of its gelatinous substance (carragenan) for curing leather, as suspending and emulsifying agent in pharmaceuticals, food products (e.g. for stabilization of foam and as clarifying agent in beer and honey) and in cosmetics and in technical products such as shoe polish.

A red alga yields the substance furcellaran which is important in jam making and another related substance is used as a glue.

Brown algae are the source of fuciodan and laminaran which have medical use, as anti-coagulants, and of mannitol which is a valuable nutrient for diabetics. These algae also yield alginic acid, the salts of which (alginates) have a widespread use.

Alginates is used in e.g. textiles (fibres), cosmetic, pharmaceutical, paper and chemical (paints, films, plastics) industries.

Edible marine algae. General.

The plants found in the sea are predominantly algae. The green, brown and red algae, are so called because of the different pigments they use for photosynthesis (and thus the wavelength range of the sunlight they use) are adapted to live at different depths with different light climate. The red algae which use the green light, can survive at the greatest depth.

The so-called benthic macroalgae, as opposed to the free-floating (planctonic) ones, are fixed to rocky bottoms at shallow depths all around our coasts. They need the same nutrients as higher, terrestrial plants and have efficient mechanisms for taking up needed nutrients directly from the surrounding water and thus do not need any proper roots. In areas where the water is contaminated certain species may occur in mass production and contaminants can get accumulated into the plants.

Alginsyra

Ett gammalt naturmedel upplever nu sin renässans på olika håll i Europa. Bland annat i England har man börjat använda tång vid behandling av sår på skenbenet.

Det är tångväxternas innehåll av något som heter alginsyra som används. Syran har en rad egenskaper som får de annars oerhört långsamt läkande skenbenssåren att snabbt förbättras.

 

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