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To be as Shapely as a Mermaid

For hundreds of years seaweed has been used not just for its nutritional value, but also for medicinal purposes. In China and Japan seaweed has been part of the healthy daily diet since the eighth century, and it is from there that we received the first recipes for the preparation of seaweed. It was apparently during that same period that people started to use seaweed in the coastal plains of France, Ireland, Scotland and Norway. In current times, when mankind is aspiring to increase the quality of life by means of healthy nutrition, products based on seaweed have become extremely popular.

For hundreds of years seaweed has been used not just for its nutritional value, but also for medicinal purposes. In China and Japan seaweed has been part of the healthy daily diet since the eighth century, and it is from there that we received the first recipes for the preparation of seaweed. It was apparently during that same period that people started to use seaweed in the coastal plains of France, Ireland, Scotland and Norway. In current times, when mankind is aspiring to increase the quality of life by means of healthy nutrition, products based on seaweed have become extremely popular.

Essence of seaweed, the seaweed itself and its components, contain anti-inflammatory qualities, which strengthen the immune system, the heart and the blood vessels, and prevent the development of tumors. 

An interesting fact is that seaweed has no roots. Everything it needs is absorbed from its environment - that is, from seawater. But even after seaweed is removed from its natural environment the seaweed doesn’t die, since it also contains a protective mechanism against dehydration, which is supported by alginic acid. Seaweed has an amazing ability to safeguard its natural moisture. The quantity of alginic acid in seaweed can be anywhere between 13% - 54%, dependant on the type of seaweed, the location in which is grows, the speed of the water current and the strength of the light. The highest levels of alginates in seaweed that grows in the Far East are found in August - September, and for seaweed growing in the north, in Spring and Autumn. 

Studies that have been conducted in Japan, in Russia and in Norway prove that the alginate acid salts - potassium alginate, sodium alginate, magnesium alginate and calcium alginate - possess unique qualities allowing them to absorb elements of heavy metals and radionuclides. Experiments showed that nuclear particles are absorbed at a level of 90%.
Widespread use is made of the various ingredients of seaweed in the food and cosmetics industries. The seaweed is gathered from the seabed, frozen, ground and then dried using special technologies. This is the way in which the powder is prepared, to be used for a variety of purposes.

In the field of medicine, use is made of the blood - clotting and the moisture - retaining qualities of the alginate acids. Certain ingredients of seaweed are used in pharmacology; mannitol, for instance, is a component in various medications. 

In the cosmetics industry seaweed is used for a variety of treatments, such as wrapping. Essence of seaweed, or its ingredients, comprise the foundation for creams, serums and skin masques for face and body. Cosmetic products of this type are hypoallergenic, improve the resistance of the skin and nourish it.