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Research into seaweed

Incredible results found through research into seaweed involving Doctor Seaweed published in Algal Research Doctor Seaweed himself has discovered some eye-opening findings through research into seaweed, demonstrating that there’s always more to learn about this fascinating oceanic plant. The research into seaweed by Doctor Seaweed® and his peers – published in Algal Research – aimed to research the effects of reproductive sterility on the green seaweed Ulva rigida, in hopes of finding that reproductive sterility could help exploit the seaweed for commercial applications. This research into seaweed was inspired by findings from previous research into seaweed, many of which came across difficulties maintaining Ulva species in the vegetative state, as the formation and release of reproductive cells often stopped Ulva growth entirely and sometimes led to disintegration. These results were surprising for researchers, as the Ulva species is known for its high growth rates and tolerance of a variety of environments. It has been implemented into food, biofuel feedstock and plays a role in the delivery of wastewater and CO2 remediation services – and all of this has resulted in a high distribution of the species commercially. The use of Ulva commercially meant that it became vital to find robust strains of the species and find a way to exploit it effectively, and this was the precise aim of the research into seaweed published in Algal Research by Doctor Seaweed®. The method of this research into seaweed involved obtaining a sterile mutant of Ulva rigida by mutating a wild type strain of the same species, using ultraviolet radiation. The research into seaweed aimed to develop a sterile strain which...

Doctor Seaweed® discovers new benefits of seaweed used by Seaweed & Co.!

Innovations uncover new benefits of seaweed, including an improved release of nutrients and a more neutral flavour. Doctor Seaweed® teamed up with Newcastle University to discover new benefits of seaweed, by exploring a new micro-encapsulated seaweed ingredient developed by Seaweed & Co. And their findings have certainly been making waves; being shared by big names like Nutrition First and the Nutraceutical Business Review. These results show that there seems to be even more new benefits of seaweed to be discovered! What new benefits of seaweed were discovered? The research undertaken in partnership with Newcastle University Medical School discovered new benefits of seaweed, namely that this specific micro-encapsulated seaweed ingredient harvested by Seaweed & Co. can protect key nutrients during the stomach phase of digestion, and can result in a better release of nutrients in the small intestine – potentially leading to improved bioavailability and functionality. Micro-encapsulation is rarely used in seaweed ingredients, despite being a well-known process with many benefits. It was these benefits of protecting key nutrients which led Seaweed & Co. to team up with Newcastle University and test their seaweed powders. So what other results did they find? Well, this seaweed ingredient also produced reduced aromas and flavour compared to other seaweed ingredients, making it much more usable in a wide range of applications. This even includes applications with sweet flavours such as sports nutrition products and smoothies. Dr Craig Rose, Managing Director of Seaweed & Co., has this to say about the findings: “We are delighted with these preliminary results, which have taken over 18 months to perfect, alongside our investments in our now Patent...

Seaweed is one of the world’s biggest health food trends 2017

The biggest health food trends of the coming year have been revealed by Symrise, and unsurprisingly seaweed makes the list   By exploring health trends, food habits, global influences and ingredients from all around the world, Symrise has created an elite list of the most influential health food trends and healthy lifestyle trends for the coming year. And that’s right: seaweed makes an appearance! Seaweed trends aren’t new. Earlier this year reports named seaweed ingredients as the number one plant power trend of 2017. The report also featured The Food Doctor’s Corn and Smoked Seaweed Coated Edamame Bead as the example product (and this happens to be the same ingredient supplied by Seaweed & Co.) Here at Seaweed & Co., we’re ecstatic to see the brilliance of this miraculous sea plant being recognised as a health food trend. Over the past few years, seaweed ingredients have grown hugely in popularity – making their way into mainstream brands and major retailers – and it’s easy to see why. Seaweed has a lot functional benefits as a natural sustainable wholefood, so it’s no wonder it’s become a health food trend. The benefits of Seaweed & Co.’s high quality seaweed ingredients include: –          A healthy alternative to salt for flavour boosting –          The potential to help manage weight and blood sugar levels –          A natural source of iodine, enabling EU Approved Health Claims –          Containing key nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and calcium Seaweed &Co.’s seaweed ingredients are traceable, sustainable and completely natural, sourced from the pristine lochs of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The innovative production techniques involved in harvesting our produce...

Where do we go to discover new ways to get healthy? Japan!

We all want to find new ways to get healthy. One way is to get inspiration from other cultures. Japan encourages healthy living, so what can we learn from them about different ways to get healthy?   Japan has one of the longest living populations in the world. Doctor Seaweed® is looking for new ways to get healthy, so we turned our attention east to see what makes Japan so healthy, and how seaweed fits into it all. New ways to get healthy include… walking! Japanese citizens might not be in the gym every day pumping iron, but their daily life tends to involve a lot of walking, which is one of the simplest ways to get healthy. There are almost 215 million licensed drivers in the US, showing just how much Americans rely on their cars to get around. In Japan however, most people use public transport, and all that moving between trains, travelling to platforms and walking to work from the station means people are getting up and walking a lot more than if they were sat in a car. And there are loads of great areas for walking in Japan, even in big cities like Tokyo. Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Park are popular spots for exercise, and there’s even a ‘pedestrian paradise’ on weekends which involves several major city roads being shut down for vehicles. New ways to get healthy include… biking! Over 70 million people in Japan own a bike, and over 10 million bikes are sold every year. Bikes are a staple of Japanese culture, and one of the most popular ways to get...

Ancient superfood: form of red algae discovered as oldest plant on Earth

Newly found fossils suggest some plants may be hundreds of millions of years older than was previously estimated, including ancient superfoods like seaweed. Doctor Seaweed® investigates! Ancient superfood: what was discovered? What the scientists discovered were thread-like fossils within fleshy, more complex colonies in sedimentary rock in central India. The fossils suggest that plants which resemble red algae were present 1.6 billion years ago, in areas which were shallow sea back then. Swedish scientists say that this discovery could change our timeline of advanced life forming, and make us judge again how long well known ancient superfoods and plants have been around. The earliest displays of life on Earth are over 3.5 billion years old. These life forms were simply single-celled microscopic structures which evolved into bigger, multi-cellular eukaryotic organisms, containing a nucleus and certain other structures within a membrane. But these new fossils could potentially alter our perspective of when we think different cells evolved, especially for ancient superfoods and plants. They were identified as containing parts of chloroplasts, i.e. structures within plant cells involved in photosynthesis. Therese Sallstedt of the Swedish Museum of Natural History discovered some of the fossils herself, and speaking to BBC News, she said they were “the oldest fossil plants that we know of in Earth, in the form of 1.6 billion year old red algae.” Red algae is a form of seaweed: an ancient superfood that’s been getting even more popular in recent months. Sallstedt described the findings as showing us that “advanced life in the form of eukaryotes (like plants, fungi and us humans/animals) have a much deeper history on Earth...