SEA MOSS (ROYAL GRACILARIA)
Gracilaria is a genus of red algae (Rhodophyta) notable for its economic importance as an agarophyte, as well as its use as a food for humans and various species of shellfish. Various species within the genus are cultivated among Asia, South America, Africa and Oceania.
Gracilaria is now being mainly used as a fresh or dried vegetable. It’s emerging worldwide as the superfood it is, loaded with minerals and is capable of addressing a wide range of issues and nourishing the whole family due to its capability to cleanse, replenish, remove inflammation, nourish and add energy all at the same time.
Gracilaria is widely used as a component in the cosmetic industry in shampoos, creams, soaps, and sunscreens, as well as providing a source for nutraceutical activities.
Gracilaria is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, active against gastrointestinal disease.
Due to glacilaria gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties, its widely used in the food industry.
Gracilaria is rich in carrageen.
Carrageenan is a vegetarian and veg-alternative to gelatin in some applications of food processing.
Vital minerals, called endogenous essential catalysts in humans, must be obtained from the diet because they are only synthesized in a restricted extent. It has been reported that glacilaria contain many vital minerals such as calcium, iron, silica, magnesium, iodine, balanced omegas, thiamine (VB1), riboflavin (VB2), cobalamin (VB12), folic acid, .
According to previous reports, “vitamin C” is present in very high amounts ranging from 500 mg/kg to 3000 mg/kg dry weight glacilaria.
The primary use of Gracilaria in the food industry is as a raw material for the production of edible agar. This agar serves as a solidifying agent, and may also be eaten directly.
It’s used as fertilizer in agriculture.
Gracilaria contains non-digested (agar)(a gelatinous substance obtained from various kinds of red seaweed and used in biological culture media and as a thickener in foods) and digested (starch) nutritional fibers (up to 50% of dry material), a protein with a well-balanced amino acid composition (up to 20% of dry material), low fat (3%), and other minerals (including magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, iodine), vitamins (including A, C and B12), and antioxidants (altogether about 30% of dry material)
Fresh Gracilaria contains about 85% water as well as the red pigment phycoerythrin, which serves as a food colorant, fluorescent marker, and anti-oxidant.
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