Seaweeds have been consumed as food since ancient times in oriental culture, their intake is associated with longevity and better life quality.
From Seaweed Place we want to work not only with the Asian market, where they are appreciated, but also in the West, where all their nutritional, functional and culinary benefits are just being discovered.
From a nutritional point of view, algae are low in calories, they have a high concentration of protein, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins.
At Seaweed Place we have specialized in algae for human consumption, from the Chilean coast, where the Humboldt current provides them with nutrients, making them highly valuable.
We are leaders in the processing of Cochayuyo, we can find it in between the Coquimbo and Antarctic regions. We work with various communities in the southcentral zone of Chile, carrying out sustainable management of the meadows.
It is very important in these times of pandemic to have our immune system strengthened. Cochayuyo increases your defenses against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi and cancer cells. Its high presence of β-glucans (even higher than other algae) makes it very special. Β-glucans are a type of soluble fiber that affects glycemia, insulin levels, cholesterol and immunity. β-glucans work by stimulating macrophages, which are our first line of defense. Recent clinical trials have been made with products that contain 70% of β-glucans, observing a significant reduction in allergy episodes and respiratory tract infections.
Do you want to know more about β-glucans and their presence in this macroalgae? You can find our scientific papers with all the information at the bottom of this page.
Soluble fiber creates a kind of gel after absorbing water, this gel binds in the digestive tract with the bile acids that are necessary for the absorption of cholesterol and other lipid compounds (lipoproteins), causing them to be eliminated in the feces and therefore reducing their absorption.
Cochayuyo has a high amount of fiber (53%), beating other algae with a good proportion of soluble fiber (34%), almost 19 grams per 100 grams on a dry basis.
Plus being low in calories, such as other algae, the high presence of insoluble fiber helps regulate the intestinal tract. As well, soluble fiber affects fats, so it could help weight control.
In addition to fiber and β-glucans, Cochayuyo contains a high ratio of polyphenyl compounds, which are antioxidants. Not all algae have the same amount of polyphenols, nor the same types. In recent studies made by the USACH and the PUC, Cochayuyo is the algae that present the best results for lowering the amount of glucose in the blood.
These compounds help regulate sugar levels in the blood, through the inhibition of two fundamental enzymes in the food digestion process: alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. The more these digestive enzymes are inhibited, the less food is digested, which means that the release of glucose to the blood is also moderate, controlling the levels of glycemia and helping its consumption to people with diabetes.
Has a 12% of protein content, also has a very complete and highly bioavailable amino acid profile. Contains vitamin B12 and vitamin E (powerful antioxidant).
The presence of alginic acid helps eliminate heavy metals. Its high content of cysteine, an amino acid that protects the liver, and allows its right functioning.
Cochayuyo on a dry basis has 10 times more calcium than a glass of milk. Contains 6 times more iron than lentils or spinach. Also, it has interesting doses of copper, magnesium, manganese and iodine among other minerals. Regarding sodium, although it is high on a dry and unwashed basis, 3400 mg / 100 grams, it drops down to levels of 280 mg / 100 grams once the product is hydrated and cooked.
Red algae that’s found from Antofagasta to Tierra del Fuego. It grows attached to rocks and it’s obtained by diving. Has an attractive color that’s perfect for gourmet dishes, it has mostly all the properties of Cochayuyo.
It has more than 23% protein (being an excellent replacement for meat or to complement the diet). It also has an excellent amino acid profile.
It is also rich in calcium (even more than the Cochayuyo), magnesium, iron and vitamins A and E.
It is a red algae endemic to Chile and Peru, it’s found along the coast in between Piura and Chiloé. It grows in the intertidal and subtidal areas, usually under 0 to 15 meters deep, on a hard land, in sectors protected from waves and reaches a maximum size of 15 cm in the summer.
Of all the Chilean algae that we have analyzed, it is the one with the highest soluble and insoluble fiber (more than 59% total), which makes it ideal for weight balance and helps to avoid heart disease (in addition to what has been previously said).
It is an algae with a high level of antioxidants, the highest of all the ones that we sell.
Macrocystis pyrifera is a macroalgae that belongs to the phaeophyceae (brown algae) class. It is one of the largest algae on the planet, having a preference for cold-water marine habitats. In spite of sharing some properties with the Cochayuyo, it presents an interesting level of antioxidants as well as a good amino acid profile. At Seaweed Place we work with specially selected juvenile algae so we can have a tender, rich and high protein product. Its phlorotannin has been used in products to reduce weight.
As Seaweed Place, we are linked with institutions and research projects, where several properties and functionalities of our main algae are being discovered.
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Bellow this, you can review charts of interest of some of the Chilean algae, a study carried out together with the University of Concepción and with the support of the Chilean Production Corporation.
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