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Nutritional value of Polysaccharides of sea lettuces

Nutritional value of Polysaccharides of sea lettuces

Sea lettuces contain large amounts of polysaccharides, which constitute around 38%-54% of the dry matter. These include four polysaccharides families in sea lettuces: two major ones, the water-soluble ulvan and insoluble cellulose, and two minor ones, xyloglucan and glucuronan (Lahaye and Robic, 2007).
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Are Seaweed Snacks Actually Healthy?

Are Seaweed Snacks Actually Healthy?

There are few things more frustrating than learning that a food that seems healthy actually isn't. (Soul-crushing spoiler alert: Your lattes and green juices fall under this category.) And yet, this seems to happen more often than not with our favorite tasty treats—we nosh away, thinking, FINALLY! Something munchy and guilt free that doesn't taste like lawn, only to learn later that yes, it really was too good to be true. It's for this reason that we were a bit wary to investigate the actual nutritional profile of seaweed snacks, our favorite afternoon fix of late.
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Fucoidan overview

Fucoidan overview

Fucoidans are sulfated polysaccharides derived from brown marine algae.
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Hijiki Sargassum fusiforme nutrition facts and other information

Hijiki Sargassum fusiforme nutrition facts and other information

Hijiki or Sargassum fusiforme is a brown seaweed with several stipes arising from common holdfast area. These form the main axes of the plant from which short branches of variable sizes grow in whorls. The yellow-brown color of the alga turns to nearly black when dried. Here we will provide you nutrition facts and other helpful information about this seaweed.
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Three Common Methods of Reproduction Found in Algae

Three Common Methods of Reproduction Found in Algae

The 3 Common Methods of Reproduction Found in Algae are mentioned below: There are three common methods of reproduction found in algae – (i) vegetative, (ii) asexual, and (iii) sexual. In addition to these methods, several perennating bodies also develop which face the adverse conditions.
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Facts about Devil Weed (Sargassum horneri)

Facts about Devil Weed (Sargassum horneri)

Biological Description: Immature specimens have flat, symmetrical, fern-like blades with notched tips. As the alga grows, it becomes loosely branched in a zigzag pattern, develops small air bladders and may reach the length of more than 20 feet. Very thick, nearly impenetrable forests may form.
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Is it worth trying these Jamaican Irish Moss Drinks?

Is it worth trying these Jamaican Irish Moss Drinks?

I've had my eye on these Irish Moss drinks for a while now and I couldn't resist grabbing them from the international section at my local supermarket. Just seeing the word "peanut" on a canned beverage is intriguing enough, but the next question is: what exactly is this stuff? A smoothie? Protein or milkshake? Meal replacement? There is a clue on the front label written in small font, the word carrageenan.
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Amazing Health Benefits of Wakame

Amazing Health Benefits of Wakame

With the 95-degree plus weather in New York City where I live, I have naturally been gravitating towards cool foods. Wakame has thus become much more of a staple in my diet, which is quite excellent since this seaweed is so healthy! Here are some health benefits of it that I found.
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Algae definition and cool fun facts

Algae definition and cool fun facts

ALGAE DEFINITION Algae are of any various green, red, or brown organisms that grow mostly in water, ranging in size from single cells to large spreading seaweeds. Like plants, algae manufacture their own food through photosynthesis and release large amounts of oxygen into the atmosphere. They also fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise exist in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
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Human Health Benefits of Nori (Porphyra)

Human Health Benefits of Nori (Porphyra)

Nori (Porphyra) is an edible red seaweed that is popular in East Asia, especially Japan. In the West, it is perhaps best known as the seaweed that wraps pieces of sushi, although it is also used as a garnish, for flavoring noodle dishes and soups, or as a health supplement. Indeed, as it has a lot of human health benefits, more and more health food stores worldwide are beginning to sell it in fresh or dried form.
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Marine Habitat and Resources of Sea Cucumbers

Marine Habitat and Resources of Sea Cucumbers

Sea Cucumbers or holothurians are spiky-skinned animals of the phylum Echinodermata (class Holothuroidea). Related species are the sea lily, sea urchin, starfish, and sand dollars. Sea cucumbers are soft, wormlike marine animals commonly found in shallow-water areas of the sea to deep ocean floors and amid corals.
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Seaweed farming

Seaweed farming

Seaweed farming is the practice of cultivating and harvesting seaweed. In its most simple form, it consists of the management of naturally found batches. In its most advanced form, it consists of fully controlling the life cycle of the plant. Types of seaweed that are harvested include Gelidium, Pterocladia, Porphyra, and Laminaria.
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The Uses of Seaweed as Fish Feed

The Uses of Seaweed as Fish Feed

In fish farming, wet feed usually consist of meat waste and fish waste mixed with dry additives containing extra nutrients, all formed together in a doughy mass. When thrown into the fish ponds or cages it must hold together and not disintegrate or dissolve in the water. A binder is needed, sometimes a technical grade of alginate is used. It has also been used to bind formulated feeds for shrimp and abalone.
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Using Fucoidan for Liver Disease

Using Fucoidan for Liver Disease

Complete Healing of a Liver Disease that nothing could cure. I gain health thanks to Fucoidan. [Company employee, male, 45 years old]
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10 Benefits of using Spirulina

10 Benefits of using Spirulina

While you may have only seen Spirulia as an ingredient in your green superfood beverages, energy bars and natural supplements, its benefits are so amazing that taken on a daily basis they could restore and revitalize your health! To date, there are nearly 1,200 peer-reviewed scientific articles evaluating its health benefits. Here we would like to mention top 10 of them.
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The Nutritional Values and Uses of Brown, Green and Red Seaweed

The Nutritional Values and Uses of Brown, Green and Red Seaweed

You can differentiate between the seaweed species by their color- red, brown or green. The brown seaweed is widely used because it contains the best gelling properties to bind the other ingredients.
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The uses of Seaweed in cosmetics and personal care

The uses of Seaweed in cosmetics and personal care

“Extract of seaweed” is often found on the list of ingredients on cosmetic packages, particularly in face, hand and body creams or lotions. This usually refers to the use of alginate or carrageenan in the product, and their uses in cosmetics. More information on the use of these two hydrocolloids, as well as agar, can be found in the reference suggested below for further reading.
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Algae in medicine

Algae in medicine

From historical times seaweeds have been employed for medical purposes, but it has been difficult to prove that any effect is, in fact, due to substances in the algae. Reference has already been made to the uses of carrageenan, agar and alginates for medicinal purposes. First mention of such uses is probably that in the Chinese herbal “Pen Tsae Kan Mu” (sixteenth century) where certain algae are listed as a cure for goiter.
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