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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 in 2017

As the New Year begins, there are a plethora of articles on seaweed benefits for a healthy start to 2017.  This is true all around the world. From the UK, to India to South Africa. These seaweed benefits include helping address weight management, which is so often the New Year burden after an indulgent Christmas period. Research on seaweed benefits has shown that key seaweeds, and their specific compounds, can aid with weight loss and management in a few different ways.  These include: Fat Absorption: Research on specific seaweed polysaccharides has shown that there is inhibition of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats.  This means less fat is absorbed, and more just passes through the body and is excreted. Satiety: Research on these polysaccharides has shown that their natural gelling agent, and delayed stomach emptying may result in actual increased feeling of fullness. A paper published on this highlights that those eating seaweed enriched bread ate significantly less calories at a subsequent meal as compared to those eating a control bread. Blood sugar management: Research on specific seaweed polyphenols has shown inhibition of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of carbohydrates. This means that carbohydrates are broken down more slowly, which means a slower release of sugars to the blood.  It could be regarded as similar to eating a slow release food like porridge versus a high sugar food like milk chocolate that gives an initial high spike in blood sugar, and then a crash which may make you hungry again. Metabolism: Iodine is a key trace element present in seaweeds. Ensuring the right species from the right supply...

Can Seaweed Supply Make you Slimmer?

Research shows that incorporating seaweed as part of a healthy diet may help with weight management and make you feel better and … lighter! Studies from Newcastle University discovered that specific seaweed extracts have a great deal of influence on the fat absorbing process. Seaweed & Co., and Doctor Seaweed himself, is actively engaged in research with Newcastle University to take aspects of this seaweed weight management work further forward. There are several reasons that explain why seaweed benefits your daily meal, and may be an important weight management factor. First of all, seaweed supply is good for salt replacement, adding flavour and so reducing the need for salt.  Salt is thought to possibly increase so-called ”water weight”. Secondly, seaweed contains polysaccharides, and research has shown these could make you feel fuller for longer, with people in studies eating less at subsequent meals. Thirdly, seaweed is high in minerals and low in calories which is really important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are having a reduced calorie intake and so need more nutrient dense foods. Specifically, our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed is a safe and rich natural source of iodine, which contributes to a high energy yielding metabolism. Doctor Seaweed doesn’t promise you will shed loads of pounds, buy you will definitely be eating healthier with seaweed, which allows an EU Approved Health Claim stating that Seaweed & Co’s seaweed supply contributes to normal thyroid function, metabolism, skin and cognitive function. Further research we are working on is to examine whether clinical results in a human gut model are similar to the ones in other lab and...

China 2nd for obesity in the World (USA 1st)

I read today the shocking statistics of obesity globally. The figures really are incredible, and so very worrying. The discrepancy between obesity and starvation in the world is just horrendous, and history will not judge us well. More and more studies are showing that diet, far more than exercise, is key in obesity, and we are simply eating the wrong things. Of course, I have to bring it back to seaweed, which has clear benefits for weight management for four main reasons that are reported in strong research papers: 1) Seaweed for weight management is beneficial due to the high levels of polysaccharides in the seaweed, which can delay stomach emptying and thus keep you fuller for longer 2) Seaweed can aid blood sugar management due to specific phenolic compounds Doctor Seaweed has been researching with University partners, which slow the breakdown of carbohydrates and thus release sugars to the blood more slowly, therefore keeping you fuller for longer 3) Seaweed’s iodine content, with the right seaweed sources, can contribute to a high energy-yielding metabolism, due to the regulation of the thyroid and hormones produced from the thyroid. The vast majority of women in the UK have a diet insufficient in iodine. 4) Prebiotic benefits of seaweed, as the polysaccharides and fibres in key seaweed species work very well as prebiotics (i.e. the food for probiotics – the bacteria in your gut) as they can withstand breakdown in the stomach and are able to pass through to the lower intestine. This can support the good bacteria, and recent research has shown just how much of an impact the right...