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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....

Sea kelp versus seaweed, what actually is the difference?

Sea kelp, along with seaweed, is a commonly used term to describe sea plants, but how are the two different? Sea kelp has a number of health benefits and a high nutritional value, making it a popular sea plant just like seaweed. But sea kelp and seaweed are not the same, so here is the difference between these two marine plants. Seaweed is a term which can be used to describe many different marine-based species of plants and algae. But sea kelp is more specific. It describes the largest subgroup of seaweed. Seaweed ranges dramatically in size, whilst sea kelp is always quite large. You can break seaweed broken down into three groups — red, brown and green. This colour has a direct effect on how much light seaweed absorbs via photosynthesis, which decides how close to the ocean’s surface it grows. Sea kelp is officially labelled as a brown seaweed, even though it can vary in colour. The two also have different growing habitats. Seaweed can grow in any marine environment, including oceans, rivers, lochs and lakes. Kelp is most often found along rocky coastlines, and only in saltwater. Sea kelp needs nutrient-rich waters because of its bigger size, meaning there needs to be at least a small amount of movement in the water to ensure a continuous supply of nutrients. Whatever colour and size they are, sea kelp and seaweed both have particular characteristics. Seaweed has a unique internal structure, differentiating it from plants that grow on land. Seaweeds have what are called holdfasts instead of roots, and these holdfasts merely hold the plant in place rather...

Doctor Seaweed® takes safe seaweed supply global… all the way to South Korea!

Seaweed & Co. only delivers a safe seaweed supply of the highest quality, and now they’re extending their reach even further    Dr Craig Rose has been managing director of Seaweed & Co. since founding the company back in 2015. It’s his mission to share a safe seaweed supply with the world, with a dream of everybody understanding the benefits seaweed can have on their overall health and wellbeing. Well, it seems that dream has come a huge step closer! With ERDF funding administered by the Department for International Trade behind the action, Seaweed & Co. is preparing to break into the South Korean market with their safe seaweed supply. This DIT support has been vital in helping Dr Rose carry out the essential market research and business exploration necessary for ensuring the move into the South Korean market goes as smoothly as possible and leads to the highest quality produce and service. The inclusion of South Korea to Seaweed & Co.’s list of buyers puts them alongside Europe, Israel and the US in a group of major world players benefitting from Seaweed & Co.’s safe seaweed supply. The seaweed produce itself travels a long way to get to these countries, as Seaweed & Co. only harvest their safe seaweed supply from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides, after which it is carefully prepared, dried and exported using Patent Pending production systems to ensure it remains pure and high quality. This helps Seaweed & Co.’s safe seaweed supply boast a larger number of health benefits, such as being a high source of iodine and acting as a...

Eat healthy with seaweed

How you can eat healthy with seaweed (without giving up burgers and popcorn!)   We promise, it’s not hard to eat healthy with seaweed. You might think it’ll prevent you indulging in the tasty meals you love… but you’re wrong!   When you eat healthy with seaweed, you’re getting all the benefits of seaweed, and you can still enjoy tasty dishes like burgers and popcorn. Here’s how, courtesy of Doctor Seaweed®! “Why should I eat healthy with seaweed?” As the number one power plant superfood, seaweed contains all the amino acids, minerals and vitamin groups, and this makes it a great food to get in the habit of eating. It can even help improve your hair, your skin, and may even aid weight management through helping to manage and slow blood sugar release. That’s not all though! Seaweed is a fantastic source of iodine. As one of only two high-income countries in the world which suffers from iodine deficiency, it’s crucial that here in the UK we make sure we’re getting the iodine our bodies require. Healthy thyroid function, normal cognitive function and normal growth in children are all associated with iodine. Seaweed also boosts flavour! The common flavour enhancer, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), was originally sourced naturally through seaweed. When you eat healthy with seaweed, you’re reducing the need for as much salt in your meals. This is just a brief outline for why you should be eating seaweed, and it’s easy to do too! “How can I eat healthy with seaweed?” There’re loads of delicious ways to make it fun and tasty to eat healthy with seaweed! Coconut...

Seaweed & Co.’s Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients

Seaweed & Co. has developed and invested in innovative and novel techniques and technologies to produce their high-quality and Patent Pending seaweed ingredients (GB1702881.2).   Developing Patent Pending seaweed ingredients has taken world-class expertise and implementation of technologies to produce food grade seaweed ingredients. The innovation of Seaweed & Co. has resulted in our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients being used by the largest food manufacturers in the UK, and in products on the shelves of every supermarket in the UK, and nutrition companies around the world.  This has been possible due to the extremely high quality, transparent traceability and sustainability of our supply chain. In independent testing, carried out in UKAS Accredited laboratories and validated as part of University research, our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients have proven to be higher on key measures of quality as compared to other supplies of the same species. The specialist technologies, more gentle processing and full analytical traceability are key aspects to our proprietary seaweed ingredients; allowing for consistent quality and scalable production. However, the innovation is not stopping any time soon… Building on our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients, further innovations are already in place.  These include our Naturally Oak Smoked Organic Scottish Seaweed, which provides all the health benefits of our core seaweeds, in addition to superb smoky flavours.  In fact, this ingredient was selected as the example to highlight seaweed as the Number One Ingredient for 2017. Other innovations are coming soon…to be launched at Vitafoods 2017. The benefits of Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients Seaweed is THE future food. The species and supply we focus on is sustainable and scalable into...

Sainsbury’s Spectacular Seaweed Soup

‘Sea Greens and Grain Broth’ marks an exciting new addition to Sainsbury’ soup range Seaweed Soup? Really? Yes, really! Seaweed soup may sound odd to some, but it’s bang on trend – and for good reason. 2017 is the year that seaweed is in as the number one power plant superfood. This delicious seaweed soup takes all the great health benefits that high quality seaweed offers and mixes it in with a whole host of other healthy ingredients like quinoa, kale and edamame beans to create a tasty, filling and nutritious meal. Sea Greens and Grain Broth brings the best of both worlds to mealtimes! Sea Greens and Grain Broth proves that seaweed soup can taste good – and everyone we know who’s tried it loves it. The genius of Sainsbury’s seaweed soup is that anyone can enjoy it. In our busy lives, it’s difficult to find the time to cook with healthy ingredients like seaweed, but this Sea Greens and Grain Broth delivers a quick, easy meal that tastes good and does good. What Makes Seaweed Soup So Healthy? Sainsbury’s Sea Greens and Grain Broth uses only the finest quality seaweed, making this superfood even more super. The secret to this soup’s numerous nutrition and health benefits is the seaweed that is sustainably harvested from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides and carefully processed to get the most nutrition value. Why Eat Seaweed? So what are these nutrition and health benefits that eating seaweed delivers? It’s Flavour Boosting: The Organic Hebridean Ascophyllum seaweed used in the Sea Greens and Grain Broth can boost flavour, reducing the...