Seaweed nutrition facts and seaweed benefits

Edible Seaweed The term "edible" is reserved for those seaweeds that are mostly marine algae since most freshwater algae is toxic. Even so, some of the marine algae can irritate the GI tract and/or have a laxative effect. It is probably a good idea to know what kind of seaweed one is consuming. No problem… Read More

Spirulina Health Benefits

Spirulina Definition: What is Spirulina? Spirulina, a blue-green algae family member, is actually a cyanobacterium. Although they use photosynthesis to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy and have chlorophyll the way algae does, it has no membrane enclosed nucleus housing its DNA. Thus it is not a true algae but a type of bacteria.… Read More

Chlorella Benefits and Dangers

Chlorella Benefits It turns out that chlorella's cellular membrane is impervious to the digestive juices of our gastro-intestinal system. So, much like a chicken egg, the wall (or shell) has to be broken to get to the good stuff inside. Chlorella for Detox At the top of the list is detoxification which is extremely important… Read More

Astaxanthin benefits, dangers and side effects

What is Astaxanthin? Astaxanthin (AST) is not algae itself but is derived from one of the freshwater green algae, specifically the micro-algae Haematoccous pluvialis. It is actually a carotenoid, a phytonutrient that provides the pigments that makes many of our plants, animals and fish colorful. In this case, our Haematoccous pluvialis gives salmon and flamingos… Read More

What is pond scum, or algae? Harmful or Useful?

The word algae is the plural form of an incredible range of organisms that we usually associate with single-celled life forms having a nucleus and being able to use photosynthesis to create their own food from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Their waste is oxygen without which we humans would die off in a matter of… Read More