Amazing Algae

Apr 20th 2018

Amazing Algae

Algae live in water and make energy from sunlight, and are one of the most abundant and diverse organisms around. Algae have three components that make it special: chlorophyll, omega-3 fatty acids and essential elements. Algae are simple plants that can range from the microscopic to large seaweeds, such as giant kelp over one hundred feet in length.

Algae have emerged in recent years as a popular source of omega-3 fatty acids for vegetarians who cannot get long-chain EPA and DHA from other sources such as flaxseed oil, which only contains the short-chain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Algae is commonly used as a dietary supplement to improve general health and wellness. For example, Brain Armor uses life'sDHA which goes straight to the source, producing DHA from the same microalgae sources used by fish. The algae is grown in a controlled environment, then harvested and processed to extract the clear, amber-colored oil rich in DHA.

While Brian Armor only utilizes the DHA benefits of Algae, it is also used as a regular health supplement in many other forms because it’s full of nutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins, amino acids and nucleic acids, chlorophyll, and fiber. The benefits of algae stem from the fact that these plants have evolved over billions of years to produce and store energy in the form of oil, and they do this more efficiently than any other known natural or engineered process.

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