Ocean-growing algae, commonly known as sea vegetables, could be one of the most important new therapeutic foods. Sea vegetables contain ten to twenty times the minerals of land plants, as well as an abundance of vitamins and other elements necessary for proper metabolism. They have been sought for thousands of years for their ability to prolong life, prevent disease, and enhance life.
While sea vegetables have been a common part of the diets of many healthy cultures to prevent aging and prolong life, scientific research has only recently reinforced the nutritional and medicinal importance of sea vegetables.
In the mid-seventies and early eighties, scientists identified some thirty species of Red Marine Algae (RMA) which enhanced the immune system’s regulatory response and were shown to be antiviral. The most promising part of this discovery was that these species had an antiviral effect against a wide variety of pathogens.
Current research on Red Marine Algae has shown that promising results in the control and reduction of both the Candida albicans yeast (a fungus) and the Herpes simplexvirus. Clinical trials have shown that these sulfated polysaccharides can suppress HIV, herpes, and influenza viruses, and patients have reported a lessening or even a halting of their growth within the body. Researchers believe that Red Marine Algae may serve as a gateway to resist many other types of bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens.