The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
I may finally have figured out how can mermaids enchant sailors, even princes.
Andersen of course did not disclose this secret , but …What could possibly these pretty girls eat on the ocean floor?….Seaweed of course!
There is no other such thing exist in this world that could create this magic magnetism and irresistible charm !
Why not? Patience. Stay with me.
Let me introduce some facts first.
Seaweed (or Algae) is the main manufacture of organic compounds in the aqua environment.
Seaweed & other aquatic plants compose 80% of all organic compound that is being created on the Earth annually. Seaweed is direct or indirect food source for all the marine life.
According to different calculations seaweed delivers 80% to 90% of oxygen to our planet.
Seaweed is very efficient in using the sun’s energy in the process of the photosynthesis to create proteins and other important nutrients and vitamins.
As a result of photosynthesis it creates lots of phytopigments including chlorophyll.
Structurally chlorophyll is very similar to heme, which is the basis of hemoglobin, except in the middle of chlorophyll is magnesium instead of iron. Chlorophyll has a similar task as hemoglobin to transport oxygen.
In 1930 Richard Willstätter won the Nobel Prize for the research on the chlorophyll structure. The latest medical research shows that chlorophyll can help to cleanse liver and can be used to fight cancer, heal wounds, improves digestion and protect skin.
3 seaweed champions in protein, chlorophyll and nutrients.
Spirulina. Spirulina preserved its structure from the prehistorical times, because it has a unique ability to survive in any conditions. It holds its structure after being dried and immediately rehabilitates when added to water. Spirulina can withstand extreme temperatures up to 70C (158F) while being dried on the mountain rocks. Due to its unique quality, it preserves its nutrients and vitamins during transportation.
Spirulina has a very high protein content of 65 – 71% by volume and its protein is complete. In addition to chlorophyll it synthesizes 2 more phytopigments — phycocyanin and phycoerythrin, which give its blue-violet color. Spirulina is rich in B vitamins , vitamins A, E & K, nutrients, including iron, micronutrients. It also contains essential nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), polysaccharides and antioxidants.
Chlorella. Among all the plants, chlorella is the most effective user of photosynthesis. It uses 10% of the sunlight while other plants use mostly 1%. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight and small amount of minerals to reproduce. Chlorella is also rich in protein (50%), contains lots of chlorophyll, B vitamins, vitamin C, E and other nutrients such as iodine, iron and calcium as well as antioxidants. It supports healthy intestinal flora.
Marine phytoplankton consists of different types of seaweed that inhabit the upper sunlit layer of the ocean water. It is the base of the aquatic food web. It dates back 3 billions years. Marine phytoplankton contains all the nutrients needed for cell building. It also contains omega 3, nucleotides, proteins, chlorophyll and other vitamins and nutrients.
Facts speak for themselves — mermaids must have been using seaweed to keep themselves in great shape, it is a superfood.
Iodine. Since seaweed is rich in iodine, it is important not to overdo with the quantity, and these with thyroid problems need to consult with doctor.
Reference daily intake of the super seaweed is 2-3 grams of dried powder which is approximately 1/2tsp. It can be added to salads, smoothies, vegan cheeses and even sweets.
Green super cocktail recipe.
- Fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice – 1 cup
- Super seaweed powder – 1/2 tsp
- Blend well and enjoy sipping slowly