What is Algotherapy?
Algotherapy is the Therapeutic use of Seaweed in Thalassotherapy Treatments.
Algae have the exceptional capability of containing the abundance in minerals and trace elements of the sea.
Seaweed has the ability to concentrate a wide range of minerals and trace elements that are vital for the synthesis of enzymes, vitamins and hormones and the working of human cells. Primarily brown seaweeds are used in Algotherapy. After being washed and rinsed they are processed and preserved to retain all their active ingredients.
Algotherapy involves the use of seaweed in facials, body wraps, and baths for detoxification and rejuvenation.
Algae are a rich source of:
Algae are also abundant in many vitamins and minerals like:
- Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, and B6
Being such a rich source of essential nutrients, these algae are a major source of food, especially in Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea. Today, they are consumed throughout the world for their nutritional value.
Algae are also used in producing nutritional supplements. Seaweeds are an important food supplement for animals and can also be used as fertilizers. Algae also have the potential of producing vegetable oil.
Algae have been a part of traditional medicine in treating a number of ailments since ancient times, especially in Asian countries. Such diseases include:
As they have a high content of iodine, their consumption can lower the risk of goiter. Currently, algae are being studied to find out if they could be used in the treatment of cancer.