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SEAWEED: A LEGENDARY PLANT

June 3, 2015

The fascination with seaweed began centuries ago. Venus is said to have sprung from the sea in a secret seaweed covered grotto according to ancient mythology. An old Babylonian almanac, ‘Gilgamesh’, tells of a wise man searching for the secret of longevity which noted seaweed as a source of prolonging life. When we consider marine […]

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SEAWEED: A LEGENDARY PLANT

May 22, 2014

The fascination with seaweed began centuries ago. Venus is said to have sprung from the sea in a secret seaweed covered grotto according to ancient mythology.
An old Babylonian almanac, ‘Gilgamesh’, tells of a wise man searching for the secret of longevity which noted seaweed as a source of prolonging life.
When we consider marine plants were probably the first sign of life on this planet millions of years ago, their unsuspected richness is hardly surprising.SEAWEED: A LEGENDARY PLANT

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A deep red photosensitive pigment , rhodopsin, is formed from vitamin A. Visual purple, also known as retinal pigment, is contained in the rods and cones of the retina of marine fishes and most higher vertebrates.
It has been found that the cell membranes of certain halophilic bacteria contain pigment that is also composed of retinal, a glycoprotein, and lipids.
This bacterial rhodopsin, whose structure is yet to be conclusively established, appears to participate in photosynthesis together with other
bacterial pigments.
A pigment is an organic compound that gives characteristic colour to plant or animal tissues and is evolved in vital processes. Various biological substances, such as rhodopsin, chlorophyll or melanin, are examples.
Yellow pigments are ketones, rhodopsin causes red seaweeds to acquire brownish red hues, chlorophyll colours plants green and haemoglobin gives blood a red colour.
A light yellow crystalline compound, Vitamin K and K2 formed from putrified fish, or intestinal bacteria, is essential for normal blood clotting and is used to stop haemorrhaging.
Flavin, a ketone, forms the nucleus of certain natural yellow pigments like riboflavin and combines with nine vitamins of the B group, no longer a single vitamin but separated into several, which prevent skin lesions and weight loss. Vitamin H or Biotin, part of the B complex, present in all living cells, also aids body growth. Among B complex vitamins are phytoadinone and phyllo quinine.
A team from the University of Texas entitled ‘Shine in the Sun’, claims to have studied safe sun protection and natural production of Vitamin D ergo sterols.
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