Algae (And Why It's Great For Your Body and Heart)
We've spoken at length about the VitadylanTM fabric and how we've developed this unique fabric to harness the power of the sea in your clothing.
But what does that actually mean?
It all comes down to the algae that's so prevalent in seawater. One of the most important organisms in the world, algae, along with other marine plants, is responsible for the production of as much as 80% of the world's oxygen.
But algae's life-giving qualities aren't all that it has to offer. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that algae has direct benefits for your body that stretch beyond its oxygen producing capacity.
Here, we look at some of those benefits and the scientific evidence that backs them up.
It Can Help You to Lose Weight
Losing weight is a difficult task, especially for those of us who find it hard to commit to a restricted diet.
Happily, it appears that algae has a beneficial effect on your weight.
The early evidence comes from a study published in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism journal. Researchers examined 151 overweight women, putting them on a 16-week course of algae-based supplements in the process.
The end result?
The study found that the women lost an average of 14.5 pounds during those 16 weeks. All because their bodies had more algae in them.
It Helps Your Heart
Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the world. A recent study has shown that the gamma linolenic acid, carotenoids, and phycocyanin found in algae, as well as its fibre and plant sterol content, combine to offer protection to your heart.
The study concluded that algae is one of the more effective natural products for helping you to regulate the lipids and fats in your blood. Moreover, it can fight against the oxidative stress that puts more pressure on your heart and guards against inflammation.
In fact, its anti-inflammatory effects get a boost from the presence of chlorophyll and omega-3 fatty acids in the algae. This may mean that algae can guard against chronic inflammatory conditions, as well as providing relief from basic inflammation.
The High Vitamin and Mineral Content
Beyond these specific health benefits, algae contains plenty of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. In regards to vitamins, it's rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as containing several K vitamins. Moreover, it contains some B vitamins.
In addition to this, algae contains trace amounts of several minerals that your body needs, including zinc, manganese, iron, and sodium.
How Our Clothes Work
Our clothes use a special fibre which locks the power of algae in place. When combined with the natural moisture that your skin produces, this algae releases micronutrients that your skin absorbs.
This process nourishes and protects your skin. But it also means that algae finds its way into your body. The medical benefits above relate to what algae can do for you when it's in your body.
The Final Word
Our clothing leverages the power of algae to the benefit of your body. We use the VitadylanTM fabric in several items of clothing, which you can buy today from our online catalogue.