Blooming algae – hot new protein
Benefits of algae
Algae, particularly the brown type containing fucoxanthin, has been shown to aid weight loss efforts.
Many types of algae may slow cancer cell growth, particularly oral cancer, making it a potential natural treatment.
Algae contains anti-inflammatory compounds, particularly the red variety.
Algae is a rich source of phytosterols, which have been shown to lower cholesterol naturally by helping lower intestinal cholesterol absorption.
Nostoc commune, a blue-green type of algae, has been found to inhibit genes involved with cholesterol metabolism, thereby potentially lowering plasma cholesterol levels.
Common types of algae
Purplish-black with a very thin, flat texture, it has slightly sweet meaty flavor.
Large, thick, brown algae with a savory flavor that is almost mushroom-like.
A thin red algae that has a nutty, smoky flavor. More nutrient-rich than spinach.
A blue-green algae declared the “food of the future.” One gram has the nutritional equivalent of 1,000g of fruits and vegetables.
Who eats algae?
For more than four decades, Olympic athletes have tapped into spirulina for energy gain, endurance and vitality.
NASA astronauts rely on algae to pack a lot of nutrients into a very small amount of food.
Vegetarians and vegans
Seaweed is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12, making it an excellent choice for those who follow a plant-based diet.