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During recent decades there has been increasing recognition that relative and absolute amounts of ordinary nutrients can have important effects on growth, health, wellbeing and aging.
On this information site we list and discuses several of the more important natural and biological supplements as provided by nature.
Products from the land like plants and herbs, products of the insect world like honey, products from the sea and the desserts like Aloe Vera and cactus.
Wild Sea Vegetables.
Seaweeds are regarded as one of the oldest life forms on Earth.
Seavegetables or algae are much older than our plants and trees. Regarded as one of the oldest life forms on earth and associated with the sea and water. Seaweed and algae are hybrids, a combination of a plant and some symbiotic arrangement with bacteria and as a result unique properties and qualities.
Why would anyone want to eat sea vegetables? It has been in use from the earlier days of mankind and there advice often neglected now was that no diet would be complete without a small amount of seaweed. (1-3 gram dry weight a day.) It contains substances not common in plants but important to maintain optimal health.
*Because they offer one of the broadest ranges of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean-and not surprisingly, many of same minerals found in human blood. At the most rudimentary biochemical level underlying all of our metabolic processes are redox reactions, which are responsible for metabolism (gene expression, protein production, repair, new cell production, etc.). That is, oxidation and anti-oxidation (reduction) are how life happens. Detailed studies in the past two decades have shown that redox active metals like iron (Fe), copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), cobalt (Co) and other metals undergo redox cycling reactions and possess the ability to produce reactive radicals such as super oxide anion radical and nitric oxide in biological systems.
On the other hand, the redox inactive metals, such as cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As) and lead (Pb) show their toxic effects via bonding to sulfhydryl groups of proteins and depletion of glutathione.
A special position among all the minerals/metals is the redox inert metal zinc (Zn). Zn is an essential component of numerous proteins involved in the defence against oxidative stress.
*Also offer a variety of unique phytonutrients, including their sulphated polysaccharides (also called fucoidans). Unlike some other categories of vegetables, sea vegetables do not appear to depend on carotenoids and flavonoids for their antioxidant benefits, because in additional to these two important categories of antioxidants, sea vegetables contain several other types, including alkaloid antioxidants.
*A very important and excellent source of iodine, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B2.
They are also a very good source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and copper as well as a good source of protein, pantothenic acid, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus, and vitamin B1.
*Sea vegetables are a unique food source not only of the mineral iodine, but also of the mineral vanadium. As part of their natural defence mechanisms, sea vegetables contain a variety of enzymes called halo peroxidases. These enzymes all require vanadium in order to function. Although this mineral is not as well known as some of the other mineral nutrients, it appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar. Vanadium may help to increase our body's sensitivity to insulin by inhibiting a group of enzymes called protein tyrosine phosphatases. It may also help us decrease our body's production of glucose and help us increase our body's ability to store starch in the form of glycogen.
*The apparent ability of sea vegetables to modify aspects of a woman's normal menstrual cycle in such a way that over a lifetime, the total cumulative oestrogen secretion that occurs during the follicular phase of the cycle gets decreased. For women who are at risk of oestrogen-sensitive breast cancers, sea vegetables may bring a special benefit in this regard.
*Certain micro algae produce high levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), the same omega-3 fatty acids that are abundant in fish. It is precisely these two omega-3 fatty acids that give cod liver oil and salmon their much-touted health benefits. DHA, present in significant amounts in human breast milk, is also thought to be responsible for some of the extraordinary nutritional benefits of breast milk.
*Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), the primary type of omega-3 fatty acid in vegetables, can be converted into DHA and EPA by our bodies; however, the conversion process requires more metabolic work, and only a small share of the dietary ALA is converted into EPA and an even smaller amount is converted into DHA. Furthermore, some people have an impaired enzyme that makes their bodies incapable of converting ALA into DHA and EPA. Also stress, old age, certain diseases, smoking, and diets rich in trans fats and saturated fats can further impair the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA in our bodies.
*Again: Unlike most other types of vegetables, sea vegetables do not depend solely on common polyphenols antioxidants (like flavonoids) or terpenoid antioxidants (like carotenoids) for their total antioxidant capacity. Disruption of metal ion homeostasis may lead to oxidative stress, a state where increased formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) overwhelms body antioxidant protection and subsequently induces DNA damage, lipid per oxidation, protein modification and other effects, all symptomatic for numerous diseases, involving cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, neurological disorders (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease), chronic inflammation and others.
Algae and seaweed are low in calories but a very rich source of all kinds of bioorganic micronutrients and trace elements.