Super Foods From The Sea
The oldest living animals come from the sea. The abundance of minerals found in the ocean are so important to a good healthy diet that it was essential to look at this medium to complement the ingredients that A.G.M. Foods uses in producing its quality probiotic food products.
Chlorella is well-known for its high nutritional value, it is high in chlorophyll and nucleic acid. The cell walls have been found to be valuable, a substructure of the cell wall contains complex polysaccharides. Chlorella contains a greater quantity of fatty acids than either spirulina or wild blue-green.
Dunaliella salina offers exceptional amounts of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. It has a high protein level. Often combined with Spirulina or other micro-algae and is a rich source of carotenoids which provide fruits and vegetables their distinctive colors, odours and tastes.
Kelp contains a plethora of minerals. Kelp also contains alginic acid. It is considered the most completely mineralized food.
An important food source in many Asian cultures, seaweed is a primitive sea plant belonging to the algae family with origins dating back millions of years. Japanese cuisine employs different varieties (such as Kombu, Laver, Wakame and Nori) for many uses including soups, vegetables, tea, sushi and as a general seasoning. The Irish are partial to the seaweed known as Carrageen, and Agar is widely used throughout Asia.
Seaweed spends its time absorbing minerals and vitamins from the seawater around it. It is rich in amino acids (tryptophan, threonine, icoleucine, lysine, methionine, cysline, phenylalanine, tyrosine, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine). Essential nutrients are also present such as nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium, sulphur, alginic acid, laminaran, mannitol, iron, copper, manganese, boron, zinc and iodine. It also contains natural vitamins C, B1, B2, B7 (Niacin) B12, D, E, K, A, biotin, selenium and folic acid.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae which grows on the surface of alkaline lakes. Extensive research has shown it to be a truly remarkable food source with its phenomenally high protein content and rich reserves of many vital nutrients – including vitamin B12.
This blue-green algae is so small that it needs a microscope to see the spring-shaped filaments just a millimetre long and only one cell wide. It was found on analysis to be the richest natural source of protein yet discovered. Spirulina has a higher proportion of protein than yeast (35%), fish and lean meat (18-20%), or even dried egg (45%).