Ascophyllum nodosum is a wildly growing brown macro alga, about 2-3 meters long. You can find this brown algae growing in different rocky coast areas in temperate climatic zones. Lobster live in such regions. They need excellent water quality to survive. So algae grow in best waters and collect multiple minerals.
The North Atlantic current passing by the Canadian east coast carries valuable elements from ancient rock formations. Algae can enrich their cells and store these important trace elements from the Sea and pass them over to land plants, as well as human and animal cell systems.
Ascophyllum nodosum evidently is more capable to infiltrate trace elements and micro trace elements into the cell system in comparison to micro algae.
Apart from trace elements, iodine content of Ascophyllum nodosum plays an important role for humans in Iodine deficiency countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The iodine supply in food is essential. Unfortunately, Iodine is very variable in fresh algae.
The problem is not the high content of iodine but the sudden high offer. Japanese are more used to high iodine than we. The Japanese population has a particularly high life expectancy by eating from early age marine algae, fish and mussels with high Iodine content.
|Ascophyllum nodosum [%]||Spiruline [%]||Chlorelle [%]|
|Proteins||6||58 - 70||33 - 45|
|Carbohydrates||52||13 - 19||low mol. Sacch.< 1|
|Fat/fatty acids||2||5 - 8||7 - 16|
|Minerals||22||3 - 8||6,5 - 10,5|
Daily intake of 500mg to 1g of Ascophyllum nodosum is an excellent media for detoxification of otherwise toxic heavy metals – especially mercury and cadmium. Wrongly infiltrated heavy metals are kicked out and replaced by needed trace elements like iodine and micronutrients.