Algae have been used as medicine and food for centuries. Algae have a very high concentration of minerals, vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants. Algae exist in different varieties such as brown algae and blue-green algae. They have different health benefits. For instance, the brown algae are used for treating arthritis, heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia and high cholesterol.
It is also used for weight loss. The blue-green type is highly nutritious and is a powerful energy booster. It is used for aiding in losing weight naturally, fighting stress, anxiety, premenstrual syndrome, depression, hay fever, diabetes, and fatigue.
The blue-green variety is also used in treating precancerous growths within the mouth, improving the digestive health as well as memory improvement. Studies which have been conducted indicate that blue algae have excellent antioxidant, antidiabetic, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties.
Algae health benefits include the following:
Aids in weight loss
Algae is known to help in losing weight particularly the brown variety which contains fucoxanthin. This is a natural compound which promotes the burning of fat in the body and weight loss. This compound also plays a vital role in reducing liver fat, the C-reactive protein, triglycerides and lowering of blood pressure.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of algae in slowing down the growth of the cancer cells. It is, therefore, a potential cancer treatment. More studies are being conducted to confirm its cancer-killing ability.
Promoting heart health
Research has shown that the blue algae serve as a protection against cardiovascular diseases as well as the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Studies have also shown that consumption the blue algae helps to improve blood lipid profiles as well as preventing oxidative stress and inflammation.
Pain and inflammation reducer
Algae relieves pain and inflammation. It contains significant anti-inflammatory compounds such as chlorophyll and omega-3 fatty acids. A study that was conducted in 2016 on the red algae variety proved that it is rich in natural
compounds which have interesting pharmacological and biological activities including analgesic, gastroprotective, and anti-inflammatory activities.
The results also confirmed that the extracts obtained from the red algae possess significant pain killing and anti-inflammatory activity.
Detoxification of heavy metals
Chlorella type of algae being a natural chelator helps in removing the heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, and aluminum from the body. Excessive exposure to such metals could affect your mental health. The heavy metals can also damage the various vital body organs and affect the functioning of the central nervous function. It is, therefore, important to detoxify your body from toxins and heavy metals.