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About Algae

About Microalgae

One of the most important products that can be made from algae is biofuels. Microalgae are touted as an attractive alternative to traditional forms of biomass for biofuel production, due to high productivity, ability to be cultivated on marginal lands, and potential to utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial flue gas. More than hundreds of companies worldwide are already working on algae biodiesel production over the past years.

The most important product that can be made from algae is food. Principally we conduct our research on Astaxantina (Haematocossus Pluvialis), Chlorella, Spirulina and Klamath. Their benefits for human health are countless:

  • Astaxantina

The best natural source of astaxanthin known is a green microalga called Haematococcus pluvialis.

Astaxanthin’s antioxidant properties provide the main source of the health claims and benefits of the supplement, particularly when used to help treat cancer. It’s been linked to improved blood flow and lowering oxidative stress in smokers and overweight people. A comparison study of astaxanthin and other carotenoids showed that it displayed the highest antioxidant activity against free radicals. (6000 times stronger than Vitamin C)

Because of its antioxidant properties, there has been a lot of research on how astaxanthin might help to treat various cancers. One study found short- and long-term benefits for the treatment of breast cancer, including the reduced growth of breast cancer cells.

Astaxanthin can be used topically to promote healthy skin. A 2012 study showed that combining topical and oral doses of astaxanthin can help to smooth wrinkles, make age spots smaller, and help maintain skin moisture. There were positive results in both men and women.

There has been a lot of study on how astaxanthin can affect endurance, as well as fatigue levels after exercise. Studies on mice show that it can boost the body’s use of fatty acids, which helps endurance and prevent muscle and skeletal damage.

  • Chlorella

Both chlorella and spirulina have been studied for the benefits they provide to diabetic patients. A study in the 2009 “Nutrition Research and Practice” demonstrates that chlorella-fed diabetic tends to have lower levels of fasting glucose than diabetic without chlorella.

A study in the 2009 issue of the “Journal of Zhejiang University” defines cancer as being caused by an imbalance in the mechanisms that control the rate of tumour growth and that of pre-programmed cell death. Pre-programmed cell death, otherwise known as apoptosis, is a mechanism of immunity that protects other cells from the damaging effects of cells that have gone awry-like cancer cells. A good cancer-preventive agent, explains the article, is something that can naturally up-regulate immune-stimulated apoptosis, without too much in the way of side effects. Chlorella was shown in this study to induce apoptosis in liver cancer-induced mice.

High levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other lipids in addition to a chronically increased blood pressure sets the stage for the development of atherosclerosis, the plaque implicated in the development of heart attacks and strokes. Both chlorella and spirulina are beneficial in lowering serum levels of lipids. In the preliminary report of the research, published in the 2007 “Lipids in Health and Disease,” spirulina was not only found to lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol but additionally reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures in both males and females.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread body aches. The origin or cause of the disease is still unknown, but it is definitely diagnosed by the presence of pain in at least 11 of 18 tender points. Fatigue, sleep disturbances, altered sensations, and headaches can accompany the chronic muscle pain, notes 2000, “Phytotherapy Research.” Due to its high nutrient content, chlorella has been investigated both in a pilot and double-blind placebo-controlled, crossover studies. Conclusions from a 34-subject trial of fibromyalgia patients, published in a 2001 issue of the “Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain,” determined that chlorella supplementation at a dose of 50 tablets of Sun Chlorella and 100 millilitres of Wakasa Chlorella Gold, steadily and significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome.

  • Spirulina

Spirulina Has Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties. Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage. The main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green colour. Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit production of inflammatory signalling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Spirulina Can Lower LDL and Triglyceride Levels. Heart disease is currently the world’s biggest killer. It is known that many measurable factors, termed risk factors, are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. As it turns out, spirulina has been shown to have beneficial effects on many of them. For example, it can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. In a study of 25 people with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams per day of spirulina significantly improved these markers. Another study in people with high cholesterol found that 1 gram of spirulina per day lowered triglycerides by 16.3% and LDL by 10.1%.

Spirulina Protects LDL Cholesterol from Becoming Oxidized. Fatty structures in the body are susceptible to oxidative damage. This is known as lipid peroxidation, which is known to be a key driver of many serious diseases. For example, one of the key steps in the pathway towards heart disease is LDL lipoproteins in the blood becoming oxidized. Interestingly, the antioxidants in spirulina appear to be particularly effective at reducing lipid peroxidation. This has been shown numerous times, in both human and animal studies. In a study of 37 individuals with type 2 diabetes, 8 grams of spirulina per day significantly reduced markers of oxidative damage. It also increased levels of antioxidant enzymes in the blood.

Spirulina Appears to Have Anti-Cancer Properties, Especially Against Oral Cancer. Some evidence suggests that spirulina can have anti-cancer properties. For example, some research in test animals shows that it can reduce cancer occurrence and tumour size. Spirulina has been particularly well studied with regard to oral cancer, which is cancer of the mouth. One study looked at the effects of spirulina on 87 people from India with precancerous lesions called OSMF in the mouth. After using 1 gram per day for 1 year, 45% of the spirulina group had a complete regression of lesions in the mouth, compared to only 7% in the control group. In another study of 40 subjects with OSMF precancerous lesions, 1 gram of spirulina per day led to greater improvement in symptoms than the drug Pentoxifylline.

Studies Show That It May Reduce Blood Pressure. Spirulina May Be Effective Against Anemia

  • Klamath

Klamath health benefits include tumour suppression, immune system enhancement, and a possible plant source of vitamin B12.

Klamath is a good source of protein, phytonutrients, and iron that has a high level of bio-availability.

Klamath reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

Other important products that can be made from algae are:

 

  • Bio cosmetic products
  • Bio pharma products
  • Essential Oils
  • Healthcare and beauty
  • Bio plastic products

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