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A Sea Vegg a day keeps the doctors away

 

By Sankha Ganguli

 

 

Introduction

In today’s health and image conscious society, we are bombarded through the radio, TV and the internet with more alternate health treatments and supplements than ever before. Of the health claims out there, Sea Vegg seems to be one of the better research supported  supplements sold by a private company. FarmaSea, the makers of Sea Vegg, is a small, private, dietary supplement business whose mission is to provide a healthy supplement to our everyday diet and to provide us with the essential oceanic minerals and nutrients that are lacking in our processed food. Through these powerful minerals, the company claim consumers will live a longer and healthier lives.

 

Ingredients

Below is a list of ingredients printed on each bottle of Sea Vegg. The efficacy and the advertised benefits of these capsules can therefore be determined by researching  the ingredients.

Supplement Facts for Sea Vegg

 

Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per container: 90

 

Ingredients

Amount

% of Daily Value

Sea Vegg - FarmaSea Pristine Ocean Blend

500mg

*


Sea Vegg - FarmaSea Pristine Ocean Blend Contains**
 


Vitamins A,B,C,D,E
80 Trace Minerals
Plant Sterols
Essential Aminos
Xanthosphylls
Ocean Lipids
ALA Fatty Acids
Glycosamingolycans
Living Enzymes
Sodium Alginate
Inositol
Zinc
Polyphenols
Laminarin
 

Calcium
Chlorophyll
Zeaxanthin
Non Essential Aminos
Colloidal Minerals
Mixed Carotenoids
Mucoplyasaccharides
Growth Hormones
Mixed Tochopherols
Biotin
Gold
Silver
Auxins
Kalinic Acid

Flavenoids
Protein
Lutein
Omega 3's & 6's
Fucoidum
RNA/DNA Acids
Fiber
Cell Regulators
Folic Acid
Selenium
Boron
Antioxidants
Cytokenins
More...

** As found organically - concentrated and balanced amounts within sea plants by the natural process of photosynthesis in the Laboratory of the Sea. Concentrations may naturally vary depending on season, crop, location and harvesting cycles.

 

* No U.S. RDA has been established
Yeast Free
100% Vegetable product

 

Claims of benefits

FarmaSea provides compelling information regarding the potency of the ingredients in their product. Their main argument is that ocean plants such as kelps, which are some of the most mineral rich plants on earth, can be used to provide the body with minerals and nutrition missing from land based food products. The following are the claims of FarmaSea regarding the effectiveness of Sea Vegg:

 

Too good to be true?

In order to examine the efficacy of Sea Vegg, first an extensive search of its main ingredients, kelps, algae, and seaweed was carried out on the World Wide Web. The following are some of the common benefits of these sea plants:

 

Research findings

Since there are no studies on Sea Vegg as a whole, the essential ingredients that are present in Sea Vegg as listed by FarmaSea were researched on the Pubmed electronic database. The journals and articles from which the following facts are extracted can be reached by the URL given at the end of the paper.

 

1 Yuan and Walsh (2006) found that there is a positive correlation between the presence of the extracts of three different alga and kelp and the inhibition of human cervical adenocarcinoma cell line (HeLa cells) proliferation, meaning that it stopped the growth of the cancer cell line.  Sakakibara, et al. (2005) found that Japanese kelp (kombu) increased the lifespan of mice that were fed diet containing the carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). It was shown that the feces of the 2 and 5% kombu groups contained 6.9+/-1.2 and 16.8+/-1.8% of the ingested BaP, respectively, mainly in forms adsorbed on kombu fibers. This may lend some credit to FarmaSea’s claims of anti carcinogenic effects of these capsules since dietary Laminaria and Porphyra  remove toxins through excrements and are rich in these substance. It also confirms Sea Vegg’s ability to lengthen and better the consumer’s life.

 

2The claims of heavy metal binding and removal is also verified by the following two studies: (1) In the first experiment, Davis, et al. (2003) found that the absorption capacity of the algae for heavy metals resides mainly in a group of linear polysaccharides known as alginates that occur as a gel in the algal thallus or the body. The potential for selective metal binding by the biomass of two species of Sargassum was evaluated by 1H-NMR. It was found that Guluronic acid was found in higher concentration in the algae that were more selective to the absorption of divalent ions. (2) In the second experiment, Seki and Suzuki (1998) observed that the biosorption of bivalent metal ions to brown algae was due to its binding to alginic acid in brown algae. Presenting these two studies together demonstrates the concrete scientific foundation underlying the claims of selective metal uptake by the algae contained in the Sea Vegg capsules.

 

3Gonzales, et al (2001) confirmed antibacterial properties of seaweed in the following study which reports that about 28 species of seaweed have significant antibacterial properties against many types of bacteria.

4Athukorala, et al (2006) found that an enzyme of brown algae has high antiproliferative and antioxidant properties. Their research shows that the enzyme was able to fully inhibit cancer growth in cell line and scavenged free radical species, which damage living cells.

 

Conclusion

From the research of the ingredients of the supplements, it seems that much of its claims have some scientific basis to them. The following three claims especially were confirmed by scientific studies: (1) the anti carcinogenic effect (2) detoxification of the body (3) antibacterial properties. Although some of the claims may be broad and slightly vague, overall the product appear to backup its health claims. There were also no complains found against this product on the internet.  Although fifty dollars per bottle is a hefty price, this supplement is definitely worth a try.

 

 

 

 

References

http://www.tryseavegg.com/index.php

http://www.seaweed.ie/medicine/default.lasso

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaweed

http://www.itmonline.org/arts/seaweed.htm

 

            Yuan and Walsh. “Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of extracts from a variety of edible seaweeds.” Pubmed journal. 22 March 2006.< http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/entrez/ query.fcgi?db= pubmed&cmd=Retrieve &dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids = 16554116&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum>(14 September 2006).

 

            Sakakibara, et al.  “Effects of Japanese kelp (kombu) on life span of benzo[a]pyrene-fed mice.” Pubmed journal. October 2005 http://www. ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16392709&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum>(13 September 2006).

           

            Davis, et al.  “1H-NMR study of Na alginates extracted from Sargassum spp. in relation to metal biosorption.” Pubmed journal. August 2003.< http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=14515023&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum>(18 September 2006).

 

            Seki and Suzuki. “Biosorption of Heavy Metal Ions to Brown Algae, Macrocystis pyrifera, Kjellmaniella crassiforia, and Undaria pinnatifida.” Pubmed journal. October 1998. August 2003.< http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pub med &cmd=Retrieve& dopt=AbstractPlus& list_uids=9761656&query_ hl=6& itool = pubmed_docsum>(19 September 2006).

 

            Gonzalez, et al. “Screening of antimicrobial activities in red, green and brown macroalgae from Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)..” Pubmed journal. March 2001. < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt = AbstractPlus&list_uids=11770818&query_hl=7&itool=pubmed_docsum>(18 September 2006).

           

            Athukorala, et al. “Antiproliferative and antioxidant properties of an enzymatic hydrolysate from brown alga, Ecklonia cava.” Pubmed journal. 3 March 2006. < http:// www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16516367&query_hl=25&itool=pubmed_docsum>(12 September 2006).

           

 

           

           

  

 

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