Do you eat algae? If you use New Earth products, then the answer is yes!
We wear our algae badge with pride and are happy to share some of our favorite facts with you. Below we’ve listed ten cool things you may not know about the various strains of algae used in New Earth’s extensive product line.
- Cyanobacteria-likely the founder of all eukaryotic life on earth-are essential to all life on earth by providing oxygen, sequestering carbon, and providing essential food resources at all levels of the food chain.
- Algae is recognized as a legitimate nutritional powerhouse. With science increasingly documenting the many nutritional benefits of both freshwater and sea algae, the body of research continues to grow and the list of benefits is continually expanding.
- Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) is one of the most ancient super foods on earth and has been consumed as a dietary supplement for decades.
- Chlorella is a genus of microscopic, single-celled green algae, measuring just two to eight microns in diameter. It is over 2 billion years old, and one of the earliest forms of life on earth containing a cellular nucleus.
- Chlorella is one of the fastest growing life forms known, capable of dividing to form four separate single-celled organisms in a 24-hour period.
- Since the 1970s, chlorella has become a popular functional food and nutritional supplement, especially in Japan. Chlorella was even studied as a part of the 1960s Soviet space program.
- Spirulina is so nutrient dense it has great potential as a food source and as a nutritional supplement. Even NASA has investigated its potential as a nutrient-dense food source that can be grown in space.
- In the early 1900s, without the advanced technology of today, scientists recognized that Dunaliella contained beta carotene and thus had potential commercial value as a food or nutritional supplement.
- Ecklonia cava is a species of brown algae that grows up to 9 or 10 feet long.
- Kelp plays an essential role in ocean ecology. Large kelp forests provide a habitat for numerous other species. One biologist reports that in Norway’s dense coastal kelp forests, there are over 100,000 sponges, moss animals, sea squirts, and other invertebrates per square meter that live on kelp (Laminaria hyperborean) stems.