Seaweed

  • Seaweed as a Healthy Source of Iodine

    Discovered in 1811, iodine is a chemical  element required by humans and animals for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are multifunctional and have important roles in the regulation of growth, development and metabolism. Iodine is therefore an essential trace element that affects almost every physiological process in the body.

  • Seaweed carotenoids: diverse nutrients from the ocean

    Carotenoids are organic pigments that are present at significant levels in brown seaweed and other photosynthetic organisms. These pigments are powerful antioxidants that can help to prevent cancer, heart disease and also act to enhance immune response to infections. Carotenoids are present in all algae, higher plants and photosynthetic bacteria and are produced from fats […]

  • Shore covered in Seaweed

    Tide must turn to use potential of seaweed

    An estimated 100,000 ton of seaweed washes up daily on the Irish coastline, but only a fraction of this resource is currently being exploited for its potential as a foodstuff, and the raw material for medical, cosmetic and other uses. Countries such as Norway, France and Spain are decades ahead of us when it comes […]

  • Seaweed – an untapped source of protein and bioactive compounds for aquaculture

    Seaweed is fast gaining a reputation as the ideal sustainable food source. Certainly, the nutritional properties of seaweeds are both unique and interesting, with some seaweeds having protein levels as high as 47%. Seaweed, therefore, represents an untapped source of protein and has great future potential. As the global population continues to rise, the need […]