Seaweed, their types and application

Algae are among the oldest members of the plant kingdom.In the oceans of their reserves are hundreds of millions of tons.The most popular for the prevention and treatment of brown algae, they include seaweed or kelp.A seaweed extract derived from kelp, used for the manufacture of medicines and dietary supplements.

According eastern healers, after the age of 40 from kelp products should always be present in the diet of all people.

species of algae

all there are more than 25 thousand. Species of algae, and only some are used in cosmetics and medicine.It's brown and red algae.The latter account for more than 4 thousand species of them get agar.

sea kelp has almost 1.5 thousand. Species, but the most valuable of them - bladder wrack and kelp.These species are the source:

- polysaccharides;

- organic acids;

- amino acids;

- vitamins;

- bromine and iodine;

- mannitol;

- agar;

- sodium alginate.

Variety seaweed - kelp belongs to the genus Laminaria and has about 100 species, mostly edible.

Another kind of - kind of fucus.Marine algae of this type - it is such as bladder wrack, serrated and reversible, also edible, but less popular.


Algae have long been the subject of fishing people, the most intense in the Asia-Pacific region.Japan here belongs to the palm.In this country, based on the kelp produced a wide variety of dishes and delicacies;it is added to meat dishes, soups, salads.The Japanese do not suffer from goitre and scrofulous diseases, and have much lower levels of nerve disorders.All this is due to the ingestion of kelp.

Seaweed extracted from the bottom, dried on special hangers under canopies for protection from rain, fog and dew, as the interaction of fresh water laminaria loses iodine, mannitol and potassium salts.

Useful properties

concentration of micro and macro algae are much higher than in seawater.Seaweed is rich in potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, selenium, fluorine and other elements, many of which are part of enzymes and vitamins required for human cell interaction with the environment.

Perhaps the only food source of iodine - a kelp.Without it the correct operation of the thyroid gland.Its deficiency leads to disruption of production of thyroxine, which eventually leads to the development of goiter, of breast cancer and thyroid cancer.

Brown seaweed

This is one of the most valuable medicinal resources, real sea pharmacy.Healers of ancient Egypt seaweed was used for the treatment of various diseases.

Brown algae have a wide range of skin benefit their constituent substances.Vitamins they are ten times higher than in all land plants.Unfavorable environment, nervous breakdowns, stress affects health, and the skin becomes vulnerable and unattractive.Algae have a positive effect on the covers, restoring the mineral balance.They also normalize the sebaceous glands in the skin contribute to the synthesis of vitamins E and D.

Brown algae include:

- vitamins A, B1, B2, C;

- chrome, copper, zinc, manganese and iron salts;

- folic acid, vegetable proteins and other components.

their content of iodine and selenium improves the body's metabolism, protects against the harmful effects of free radicals, activates the activity of the entire lymphatic system, improves blood circulation in the skin.