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Support for Seaweed

The North East Business and Innovation Centre’s (BIC) Innovation Programme has provided support to Seaweed & Co. to expand on our unique seaweed powders to reach a wider market and provide much needed health benefits. The BIC’s Innovation Programme help SMEs across the North East to realise their innovative possibilities. With this support from BIC’s programme we developed a micro-encapsulated seaweed ingredient, which has the potential to tackle obesity and assist with managing blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. Dr Craig Rose, managing director of Seaweed & Co., said: “After working in the marine industry for over 15 years, I have found that seaweed has proven itself as economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. It has a wide range of health benefits and huge scope for growth commercially. “We invested a lot into developing unique seaweed powders using our Patent Pending techniques and have been delighted with the return on investment to date. Our original powders have had great success. However, they are mainly suitable for savoury flavours and so wanted to create something new to reach a wider market such as beverages and sports nutrition which have sweeter flavours.” Dr Rose added: “The BIC’s Innovation Programme was recommended from various sources and I approached them to help with the development of our exciting, new product. “From initial contact right through to bringing our new product to market, Elizabeth Shaw from the BIC was extremely helpful. She guided us through the programme, ensuring we were eligible for funding and assisting us wherever necessary. ‘Seaweed&TM Protect’, is a fine seaweed powder; each individual particle is finely coated with a thin layer...

Seaweed Benefits the Normal Growth in Children

Vitamins and minerals are essential to a child’s growth for numerous reasons. If your child is a picky eater, they may not be getting essential nutrients through their food – adding seaweed to their diet could be an easy, and tasty solution. Here Doctor Seaweed® shows how seaweed benefits the normal growth in children. Growth of Children Children grow at a phenomenal rate. A study at the University of Denver states that “The birth to three years old period is the fasted rate of brain development across the entire human life span.” … “if babies’ bodies grew at the same rapid pace as their brains, they would weigh 170lb by one month of age”.[i] To ensure healthy growth of bodies and minds at a normal rate they need to consume essential vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamins A, C, D, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Iodine.  Vitamin A is essential for strengthening our eyesight, boosting our immune system, and play a part in the growth of bones. Vitamin C is an ascorbic acid, and helps to combat germs, infections and speed up the healing process. Vitamin D, ensures nutrient absorption, and healthy cell formation.  Calcium is important for the healthy growth of bones and muscle contraction. Iron is needed in the body to form the protein Haemoglobin, and Magnesium is essential for normal nerve and muscle functions. How Seaweed Benefits the normal growth in children As well as containing all the nutrients listed above, seaweed has an exceptional natural content of iodine.  The iodine content of our seaweed allows EU approved health claims specifically linked to the intake of sources...

The benefits of algae are clear, from food to medicine to skincare

The growing interest in the benefits of algae shows just how popular the sea plant is becoming Algae is everywhere in the sea, and it could be a huge resource for many different possibilities. The benefits of algae are becoming clearer and clearer as research proves the potential of this sea plant for many different industries from cosmetics and nutritional supplements to pharmaceuticals and fertilizers. In fact, the benefits of algae could see the algae market reach almost $45 billion by 2023. So what do you need to know about the benefits of algae? Size can reveal the different benefits of algae You can broadly categorise algae as either of two options: microalgae and macroalgae. Microalgae are single-celled organisms which are mostly grown in controlled environments, like chlorella or spirulina. They are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. This makes them great as an alternative to fish oil, which is becoming scarcer and more expensive. On the other hand, macroalgae are larger plants which grow in the ocean, like sea kelp and seaweed. They’re easy to grow in coastal areas, and are becoming more and more popular in food items, nutrition items, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. These two different kinds of algae show the different potential benefits of algae available. Businesses are taking notice of the benefits of algae Companies are taking advantage of the benefits of algae for all sorts of purposes. From using microalgae as an ingredient in fish feed to growing algae as a way to create employment for women in coastal areas, there are all sorts of opportunities which the benefits of algae can provide....

Seaweed for weight loss — are sea plants the key to fighting obesity?

Jessica Pahl, a student from Queensland, has received a grant of $45,000 to undertake ground-breaking research into whether we should all be using seaweed for weight loss We all know that seaweed is a superfood, but did you know there’s now growing evidence to suggest we should all be using seaweed for weight loss too? Pahl, 22, received her grant from the State Government. It will go towards research into whether there is a strong enough connection to be using seaweed for weight loss. Pahl will be conducting her research as she works towards her PhD. The bursary will help her finance conducting three rounds of tests to thoroughly examine the effectiveness of seaweed for weight loss. These tests will be carried out on albino rats. Pahl will supply the rats with the seaweed in powder form, allowing them to consume it easily. Pahl hopes that her research will eventually lead to the possibility of human trials. Her goal is to create a potential new anti-obesity pill. Seaweed for weight loss is not a new subject for Pahl. This Government bursary marks a continuation of research conducted by both her school and by James Cook University. According to Pahl, this past research yielded “exciting results”. Pahl will be testing different kinds of seaweed, studying a spectrum of species with varying fibre and antioxidant levels so that she can find the most effective seaweed for weight loss. Is there other evidence to suggest using seaweed for weight loss? The popularity of seaweed both as a superfood and using seaweed for weight loss soared back in 2015 when famous chef Jamie...

What is Seaweed & Co.? — watch Doctor Seaweed® himself discuss the benefits of seaweed

If you’re thinking, what is Seaweed & Co.? What do they do?, then let Doctor Seaweed® explain… Seaweed is 2017’s superfood, but with 10,000 species of seaweed out there it’s important to get a produce with the most nutritional benefits. So what is Seaweed & Co.? We’re the ones making sure you get the best seaweed ingredients out there. Seaweed has many different health benefits. From weight and blood sugar management and cognitive development, to making a fantastic flavour-boosting salt replacement and being a great source of iodine, there is so much that seaweed can do for your health. Iodine is a vital component of our overall health, helping our thyroid to function normally. Over three quarters of school aged girls in the UK are iodine deficient, showing just how important something like seaweed could be to our daily diet. What is Seaweed & Co.? If you’re curiously asking what is Seaweed & Co.? then watch the video above and let Doctor Seaweed® explain it. Or, read on. Seaweed & Co. only harvest seaweed from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. It’s then dried and milled using Patent Pending production in a fully sustainable and traceable way to ensure only the finest quality produce is gathered. Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed ingredients offer a nutritional boost in many aspects, including as a source of iodine allowing for these EU Approved Health Claims: Normal Growth of Children   Normal Thyroid Function  Normal Cognitive Function  Maintenance of Normal Skin  Energy Yielding Metabolism  Normal Functioning Nervous System We could also answer the question what is Seaweed & Co. by saying that it is a...

EU botanical health claims discussion may finally be back on track

EU botanical health claims have had their discussion delayed for seven long years, but things seem to be turning around after VitaFoods 2017 Work by the European Commission to achieve clarity regarding EU botanical health claims have been constantly faced with delays since 2010. However, a number of public and industry consultations have recently been reaching conclusions, showing that agreements might finally be being made. Feedback from these conclusions are expected by the end of 2017, and will form the basis for recommendations. This report is particularly anticipated by those who attended the VitaFoods conference back in early May. So why have these EU botanical health claims been deferred for so long? Well, this huge delay is actually the result of clashing rules regarding EU botanical health claims — in particular, claims on botanicals used in foods and claims for therapeutic uses of traditional herbal medicines. Discrepancies like these make it difficult to know for sure how botanical ingredients should be dealt with so that no misleading health claims appear on food supplements containing botanical ingredients. These factors come together and make it extremely difficult to create accurate and provable EU botanical health claims. As a result of the delay, some countries even took matter into their own hands. Italy, France and Belgium cooperated voluntarily in order to create a common approach made to regulate botanical use in food supplements. This was named the BELFRIT project to reflect the countries involved. However, progress has been made by the European Commission itself to help bring us closer to EU botanical health claims, through the Commission’s own project as part of...