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In Traditional Chinese Medicine our bodies and our selves reflect the natural world we live in. What you do with or to your body affect the way you think and influence you mentally and spiritually.

We've all known for many years that consuming copious amounts of certain specific fruits and vegetables reduces our risk of developing various types of cancer. At the same time these studies did reminds us that this protective effect against chronic diseases/cancer is not linked to all fruit and vegetables. Some foods contain larger amounts of anticancer molecules. Thus we need to be attentive to our choices. It's particularly important to specifically include these in our diet, because not all fruits and vegetables share the same potential for active prevention against these slow killers. There are major differences in their levels of anti disease components. Worse in some cases the phytochemical components that provide the greatest activity are present only in a few, very specific fruits and vegetables. For example, the Isoflavones of soy, the resveratrol of grapes, the curcuma of turmeric, the isothiocyanates and indoles of broccoli and the catechins of green tea are all anticancer molecules whose distribution among plants is extremely restricted. The recommendation is to use in addition to any regular diet some small amounts of seaweed

Our web site explains the value and importance of natural seaweed products in a healthy diet. As many people and cultures have realised over the centuries, vegetable products from the sea can combat stress and help you to live both better and longer. Our products won’t reverse the ageing process, but they can certainly help to slow it down!

Our seaweed products are from the clear, unpolluted Atlantic Ocean off the South West coast of Ireland . They are completely natural and from a renewable resource, without additives, free from toxins and environmentally friendly.

Humans and Animal require minerals for a normal health life and they are in fact instrumental in all kinds of life-sustaining activities. Daily use of a small amount of seaweed or algae improves the pet/animals ability to digest the food, to make better use of whatever feed is available, in addition strengthen the natural immune system and will detoxify. Seaweed is a universal type of food and all kinds of animals, birds, chickens, pets and fish can thrive on it.

The marine environment represents a relatively available source of functional ingredients that can be applied to various aspects of food processing, storage, and fortification. Moreover, numerous marine invertebrates based compounds have biological activities and also interfere with the pathogenesis of diseases. Isolated compounds from marine invertebrates have been shown to pharmacological activities and are helpful for the invention and discovery of bioactive compounds, primarily for deadly diseases like cancer, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), osteoporosis, and so forth. Extensive research within the last decade has revealed that most chronic illnesses such as cancer, neurological diseases, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases exhibit deregulation of multiple cell signalling pathways that have been linked to inflammation. On the basis of their bioactive properties, this review focuses on the potential use of marine invertebrate derived compounds on anti-inflammatory and some chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, HIV, and cancer.

Anti Viral

Several sulphated seaweed polysaccharides show high antiviral activity against enveloped viruses, including important human pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus, herpes simplex virus, human cytomegalovirus, dengue virus and respiratory syncytial virus. They can be obtained in major amounts and at low costs, have low toxicity. The virus-cell complex is formed by ionic interactions between the anionic (mainly sulphate) groups in the polysaccharide and basic amino acids of the glycoprotein, and non-ionic ones depending on hydrophobic amino acids interspersed between the basic ones in the glycoprotein-binding zone. Hypothesis are advanced of the corresponding hydrophobic structures in the polysaccharides. The antiviral activity of the sulphated seaweed polysaccharides is based on the formation of formally similar complexes that block the interaction of the viruses with the cells.

Plant-Based Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Vegans and others.

By now, everyone knows that cod liver oil and fatty fish such as salmon are excellent sources of the anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. What many however do not realize is that there are in addition good plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Algae/seaweed Oil

Certain algae produce high levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), the same omega-3 fatty acids that are abundant in fish. It is precisely these two omega-3 fatty acids that give cod liver oil and salmon their much-touted health benefits. DHA, present in significant amounts in human breast milk, is also thought to be responsible for some of the extraordinary nutritional benefits of breast milk.

Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), the primary type of omega-3 fatty acid in vegetables, can be converted into DHA and EPA by our bodies; however, the conversion process requires more metabolic work, and only a small share of the dietary ALA is converted into EPA and an even smaller amount is converted into DHA. Furthermore, some people have an impaired enzyme that makes their bodies incapable of converting ALA into DHA and EPA. Also stress, old age, certain diseases, smoking, and diets rich in trans fats and saturated fats can further impair the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA in our bodies.

Considering the inefficiencies in the conversion of ALA into the more potent omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, microalgae oil may well be the best source of omega-3's for vegans and vegetarians. The high DHA content of some algae has also prompted scientists to investigate the possibilities of using algae in infant formulas in order to make them more similar to breast milk.

 The use of seaweeds for their oil content may not be economically viable, although oil seems to be a largest source of an excellent vegetable oil. However, such an operation might become feasible if it was a part of an integrated project whereby the remaining  pulp could be utilized for the production of various food products along with the utilization for edible oil and the resulting meal as a potential source for animal feed.

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