About the organic Seagreens®
This is a large, common brown alga (Phaeophyceae) in the family Fucaceae, being the only species in the genusAscophyllum. It is seaweed of the northern Atlantic Ocean, and is also known as rockweed, Norwegian kelp, knotted kelp, knotted wrack or egg wrack. It is common on the north-western coast of Europe (from Svalbard to Portugal) including east Greenland and the north-eastern coast of North America. Seagreens® Ascophyllum nodosum is sourced from the Scottish Outer Hebrides and is the highest of Seagreens’® species in terms of iodine levels – typically 700mcg iodine per 1g.
Ascophyllum nodosum is rich in both macro-nutrients (e.g. nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur) and micro-nutrients (e.g. manganese, copper, iron, zinc etc). It is also host to cytokinins, auxin-like gibberellins, betaines, mannitol, organic acids, polysaccharides, amino acids and proteins, which are all highly beneficial.
Known by the common name bladder wrack or bladderwrack, Fucus vesiculosus is a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It also known by the common names black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus and rock wrack.
The main active constituents of this plant include mucilage, algin, mannitol, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, bromine, potassium, volatile oils, iodine and many other minerals. It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811.
Iodine is an essential mineral, required for normal thyroid function, mammary gland development and foetal and infant neurological growth. It also has a powerful antioxidant, immunity support and alkalising effect.
Overall, seaweeds form an essential source of natural iodine and are described as an ideal food-safe natural source of this important mineral.
Iodine in seaweeds
Iodine in seaweeds contributes to:
- the normal growth of children
- normal cognitive function
- normal energy-yielding metabolism (and therefore weight management)
- normal functioning of the nervous system
- the maintenance of normal skin
- the normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function.
Antioxidants in seaweeds
These seaweeds provide a natural, nutrient-dense food with multiple potential health benefits. In particular, research from Newcastle University, which compares the antioxidant capacity of Seagreens® to fruit and vegetables, demonstrates the high antioxidant capacity of the seaweeds still available in the gut after digestion. This research concluded that Seagreens®:
- could be more effective free radical scavengers than green teas
- are a comparable source of polyphenols to other polyphenol-rich sources
- are a concentrated source of antioxidants.
Seaweeds, or ‘kelps’ as the wild brown algae are sometimes called, are also known to support:
- the body’s acid/alkaline balance
- healthy levels of gut flora (through their prebiotic effect)
- protection of the gut lining
- the secretion of digestive enzymes
- efficient nutrient absorption and metabolism
- and immunity.
About the other sea ingredients
A highly nutritious food derived from plant plankton and a blue-green micro-algae, spirulina contains 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot produce from its own resources and have to be replaced daily by food. Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin F factor (GLA) and iron, it grows naturally on alkaline lakes and is used for its high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals. 100g of spirulina yields 50-70% protein. Its exceptional levels of vitamin B12 is of special interest to vegetarians, vegans and non-meat eaters who, unless they study their diets carefully, may be deficient in this important vitamin.
An edible, single-cell marine algae (a sea-moss or sea lettuce), chlorella contains more chlorophyll than many known foods, more vitamin B12 than liver, along with beta-carotene, polyunsaturated fatty acids and 19 amino acids (including the 8 essential amino acids). It is also a rich source of calcium, iron, selenium and zinc. It provides useful detoxification support because it can bind with heavy metals and pesticides (such as PCBs), which can accumulate in the body. It is also a fibrous material, which means that it supports healthy digestion and overall digestive tract health. Chlorella’s high nutrient content, cleansing actions on the bowel and other elimination organs, as well as its protection of the liver, help to keep the blood free from impurities and the immune system strong.
About the soil ingredients
Artichokes have traditionally been used in alternative therapies to support a healthy liver, heart health and an efficient digestive system. One of the primary active constituents in artichoke is cynarin, the close botanical cousin of the herb milk thistle.
Camellia thea, or green tea, is a rich source of catechin polyphenols. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), in particular, is a powerful antioxidant. Polyphenols are active compounds that have potential health properties. For instance, some studies have shown green tea polyphenols to have a stronger antioxidant action than vitamin C and vitamin E – two of the most powerful antioxidants. Green tea may also support healthy weight management.
Rhubarb rhizomes and roots contain anthraquinones and tannins, along with some vital phyto-nutrients, such as dietary fibre, poly-phenolic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. What’s more, rhubarb’s petioles contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Rhubarb stalks are rich in several B-complex vitamins (such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid) and minerals (such as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus). As with other greens like kale and spinach, rhubarb stalks also provide good amounts of vitamin K, which supports healthy bones.
Also known as red pepper, chillies and Capsicum minimum in Latin, cayenne are bright red dried ripe pods. The powder is known as cayenne pepper and it is used to support a healthy circulatory system, natural warmth, a healthy appetite and efficient digestion.
Usage: 1 or 2 capsules to be taken 1 to 3 times per day, or as advised.