Lithothamnion calcareum or maerl, a coralline seaweed, has a long history of use in agriculture. Currently it is also promoted as a natural source of calcium for human consumption, in a form of supplements and food additives; it is used in cosmetics as well. Here we will provide you nutrition facts and other helpful information about Maerl Lithothamnium calcareum.
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. Continue Reading
Fish oil has not historically been a subject of study, and it is only because of the increasing recognition of its importance to human nutrition and health that it has become a topic of interest. The earliest studies on the health benefits of marine fish oil were conducted by Dyerberg and Bang who discovered that the deepwater fish, which contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ѠPFAs), was responsible for the low incidence of heart disease among Eskimo populations. Continue Reading
Enzymes have been used in a wide variety of foods for centuries and provide alternate approach to food protection. They are well accepted by the consumers than chemical additives such as antioxidants. For example, glucose oxidase, produced by molds such as Penicillium notatum and Aspergillus niger, has been shown to control spoilage of fishery products. Continue Reading
Algae oils have a variety of commercial and industrial uses, and are extracted through a wide variety of methods. Estimates of the cost to extract oil from microalgae vary.
Postelsia palmaeformis, also known as the sea palm or palm seaweed, is a species of kelp and classified within brown algae. The sea palm is found along the western coast of North America, on rocky shores with constant waves. It is one of the few algae that can survive and remain erect out of the water; in fact, it spends most of its life cycle exposed to the air. It is an annual, and edible, though harvesting of the alga is discouraged due to the species' sensitivity to overharvesting. Here we will introduce to you the recipe for the most famous Sea Palm (Postelsia palmaeformis) Zucchini-Cheese Omelet. Continue Reading
For Kappaphycus and Eucheuma, the farmers usually sell to middlemen; sometimes there may be two in the chain. They sort and clean up the seaweed before selling it on to the carrageenan processors. Continue Reading
Green distromatic seaweeds of the genus Ulva (Sea Lettuce) are commercially cultivated in East Asia for the food produce Aonori. Seaweed having resemblance to lettuce are in fact U.Fasciata, U.Lactuca etc.- that are distromatic blades, while commercially cultivated species include U.Prolifera (=Enteromorpha prolifea) and U.intestinalis that are tubular with the walls of tube one cell thick. Continue Reading
Dulse, a red algae with leathery fronds (leaves) is found in the eulittoral zone and sometimes the upper sublittoral. It is collected by hand by harvesters plucking it from the rocks at low tide. It is perennial and when either plucked or cut, new growth appears from the edge of the previous season’s leaf. Now it is widely used as human food because of its high nutritional value. Continue Reading
After receiving a prognosis of three months, my wife is on her way to recovery thanks to “Fucoidan.”
Midori Sasanuma, Housewife, female, 62 years old.
Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, Japan/ Interview with her husband
“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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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.
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). Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading