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Ascophyllum nodosum

Ascophyllum nodosum

Category :

Macro-alga - Brown alga - Fucales

Natural Habitat :

It colonises the rocks in choppy waters along the coasts of the Channel and the Atlantic: North-Eastern Europe (from Svalbard to Portugal), Eastern Greenland and North-East America

Harvest :

This long, perennial seaweed branches out irregularly in short branches. It is covered with air-filled nodes (aerocysts) with enable it to float and to straighten out when the tide goes out. When it reaches two years of age, it forms one vesicle per year, which allows us to determine its age. It is not uncommon to find some up to twelve years old and over 1.5m long.

Appearance :

It is harvested all year round on the highest part on the foreshore. The harvest is environmentally friendly, as the seaweed is cut 20cm from the base, allowing it to heal and regrow, to be ready for harvesting again in 5-6 years.

Components :

It is very rich in vitamins (group B, C, E and Pro-Vitamin A), minerals, macro-elements (sodium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, etc) and oligo-elements (iodine, copper, iron, zinc, etc). It is therefore recognised for its toning, stimulating, draining, anti-oxidant and remineralising properties. It is also rich in phyto-hormones, such as auxins, gibberellins, cytokines, abscisic acid and betaines.

Biomass-Extracts-Properties :

Algae used for its extracts that: - are considered "hormone-like" - have anti-ageing properties by inhibiting the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of elastin and hyaluronic acid - improve cutaneous metabolism and halt the ageing effects of sun exposure Works in synergy with Halopteris scoparia

Use :

Exceptional range Menocéane, Slim LC, Cellucéane and Svelt Control nutritional supplements.

Characteristics :

It darkens deeply when immersed for long periods of time and is very resistant to drying out and fluctuations in temperature and salinity. It is therefore traditionally used as an ecological fertiliser, but also as a dietary supplement for humans and livestock. The red alga Polysiphonia lanosa (an epiphyte) often grows under the shelter of its branches.

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