If youâre looking for a functional food that could help lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease and prevent obesity, read on! Algae, contrary to the belief of many who regard them as nothing more than green slimy stuff at the bottom of lakes and oceans, are actually extremely nutritiousâa true superfood that could turn you into âsupermanâ when it comes to your health.
But what about taste? It doesnât matter how good algae are for youâif they have the taste and texture of shoe leather, youâre not going to eat it.Â Well, rest assured that you can add algae to your diet and enjoy the taste. Most people simply add algae to their weekly diet in the powdered form. In this way, it makes a delicious addition to drinks and shakes.
Nowâback to the health benefits of this amazing food.
â¢ Itâs got a lot of beta-caroteneâa potent antioxidant that fights cancer growth.
â¢ Itâs full of enzymes that can keep your digestive system working like a well-oiled machine. These enzymes help you get the nutrients you need from the food you eat and then they help break down everything you donât need more efficiently.
â¢ Believe it or not, algae are a complete source of protein. Thatâs rightâjust like a steak, except better.
â¢ Algae are full of minerals, vitamins and amino acidsâall of which stave off disease.
â¢ Algae contain a very special fatty acid called GLA found only in mother’s milk and spirulina, a blue-green form of algae. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid.
â¢ Because of their unique ingredients, algae are considered âbrain food.â
Itâs not as difficult as you think to add algae to your diet. Just grab a bottle of powdered algae from the local health food store and put a teaspoonful into a blender with some yogurt and fresh fruit. Thatâs itâyouâre ready to enjoy all the health benefits this superfood has to offer.
Sources for Today’s Articles:
Sea Vegetable Deserves Superfood Status
Cifuentes, A., et al., âBenefits of using algae as natural sources of functional ingredients,â J. Sci. Food Agric., December 3, 2012.