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Algae (Seaweed) Information, Properties and Articles

Common Names

  Brown Seaweed is communly known as Kelp or Fucus (bladderwrack)

Red Seaweed is rarer, and has not developed a "commercial" denomination yet!


Botanical Latin Name / Classification

  Brown Seaweed:  Laminaria digitata, Fucus vesiculosus

Red Seaweed: Rhodophyta


Parts Used

  Whole plant (sun-dried and cleansed)


  Algaes are an underwater plants of majestic form, deep green or red color and a high nutritional yield. Commonly referred to as "seaweed" this botanical beauty is not from the common "seaweed" but rather a different classification of plant entirely. Algae grows along the coastlines and is solely dependant upon receiving its nutrients from the ocean. It can grow up to two feet in one day!

Care and importance should be taken when consuming Algae and one should know its origin. Many of the world's oceans are suffering from pollution, so it is best to use algae products from clean, pristine and protected ocean. The algae we use to manufature our products enjoy a distinctive advantage:  There is no water pollution in the South Channels of Chile and the algae can absorb, like a sponge, much more vitamins, minerals and beneficial substances from the surrounding media.  These algaes have shown unbelievable concentrations of more than 80.000 times those you can find in the surrounding waters. Algae in other latitudes present much less absorption rates and in many cases, a great part of the absorption is contamination.

Algae is a great source of nutrients and can be added easily to any diet. Algae is most often dried and sold whole, granulated or powdered. It can be sprinkled on foods as a condiment, or used whole to add a nice touch to salads; it can even be used as a wrap for a variety of fillings.

Traditional Internal Uses

  Algae is a concentrated source of minerals, including iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Algaes, as a source of iodine, assist in making thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body.

Sea vegetables, especially algaes, are nature's richest sources of iodine, which as a component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), is essential to human life. The thyroid gland adds iodine to the amino acid tyrosine to create these hormones. Without sufficient iodine, your body cannot synthesize them. Because these thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and play a role in virtually all physiological functions, an iodine deficiency can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being. A common sign of thyroid deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland, commonly called a goiter. Goiters are estimated to affect 200 million people worldwide, and in all but 4% of these cases, the cause is iodine deficiency.

People who avoid sea vegetables, as well as dairy, seafood, processed food, and the salt shaker, can become deficient in iodine. Iodine deficiency can cause low thyroid function, goiter, and cretinism. Although iodine deficiency is now uncommon in Western societies, the U.S. population has shown a trend of significantly decreasing iodine intake.

Alage's heath benefits also include increasing metabolism and helping balance blood lipid concentrations, both of which can help overweight people.

Algae bone loss treatment may also be helpful in aging individuals. Osteoporosis is caused by bone deterioration due to lack of minerals, and algae bone loss treatment can help replenish these nutrients.

Traditional Topical Uses

  Historical topical applications have included its use as a compress or oil for arthritic joints, as a bath herb for cellulite and weight loss support, and in lotions for its skin-softening qualities.


  Primary Indications: Thyroid Disorders, Goiter, Cellular Health, Metabolism, Connective Tissue Support

Secondary Indications: Blood Glucose - Sugar Levels, Weight Loss - Obesity, Heart Problems, Circulatory System / Circulation, High Cholesterol

Other Indications: Digestion - Indigestion, Flatulence, Hemorrhoids, Constipation, Ulcers, Hair Health - Growth, Nervous System - Nervous Disorders, Rheumatism, Osteoporosis, Cancer - Cancer Prevention, Immunity, Cellulite, Skin Disorders


  Actions: Anti-bacterial, Anti-cholesterolaemic, Anti-hypothyroid, Antioxidant, Diuretic, Emollient, Endocrine Tonic, Expectorant, Immunoactive - Immunomodulatory, Nutritive, Stool Softening



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