What is Seagreens?
Seagreens® Hebridean is human food quality seaweed produced in Europe. The name covers several particularly nutritious brown wrack seaweeds from sustainable wild harvesting in Scotland where proprietary methods ensure international compliance for food and nutraceutical ingredients.
Gee Lawson is the distributor of Seagreens® range of EU and USA certified organic ingredient products. Seagreens® is the leading brand in its category, having pioneered seaweed harvesting and production for human food for more than 12 years in Norway and Great Britain.
Why is Seagreens® different?
Seagreens® brand quality, and the confidence this gives customers and consumers, extends from the selection of plant species and their location, through harvesting, transport and processing to international regulatory compliance and niche certification. The result is a unique range of products with outstanding purity, nutritional profile, technical competence and support for new product development and innovation. Seagreens® were selected and funded by the British Government for a major research project on salt replacement from 2007-2010. Seagreens has since conducted award-winning original research in connection with obesity and weight reduction. The Hebridean factory gained the 2010 (British) Crown Estate Business Award for Marine Enterprise.
Nutritionally, of all the world’s seaweeds, these brown wrack species have the most balanced and complete profile of nutrients. They should not be confused with deep water kelp (laminaria species), or spirulina and chlorella which are fresh water algae (land foods).
Carbohydrate / fiber: including important non-starch polysaccharides and essential fatty acids
Vitamins: A, B group, C, D, E including the complete set of isomers tocopherols and trienols, Biotin and K
Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Chlorine, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Sodium, Sulphur
Trace elements: Antimony, Boron, Cobalt, Copper, Fluorine, Germanium, Gold, Iodine, Iridium, Iron, Lithium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Platinum, Rubidum, Selenium, Silicon, Silver, Tellerium, Titanium, Vanadium and Zinc
Amino acids: A full profile of essential and non-essential amino acids
Sustainable harvesting, low temperature drying:
Most seaweed is the product of industrial harvesting where quality is subservient to volume for alginate extraction or agriculture. Based on the founder’s awareness of the dietary imbalance of nutrients and lack of whole food minerals, Seagreens® began harvesting living wild plants for human food in the late 1990’s aiming to set proper quality standards for food and health industry ingredients. Only living plants of consistent age with no old, dead, crustacea infested or mixed species are cut, leaving the ‘root’ to regenerate. This is achieved through the timing, location and monitoring of harvesting areas. The plants have to be cut at nutritional maturity after their natural reproduction, between 3 and 5 years. Special methods have been developed for cutting and transport to ensure speed and cleanliness. The Seagreens® are dried slowly and at low temperature within hours of harvest.
Granulation better than powder:
Seagreens® can produce a range of homogeneous particle sizes to suit different requirements for flowing, mixing, appearance and taste. For example it developed a micronised fine granule with the appearance of a fine powder to overcome dust and flowing problems in nutritional supplement manufacturing. Powdering can also damage the seaweed's valuable mineral content. Seagreens® employ slow, multi-grinding techniques and the whole production is carried out under international HACCP quality and food hygiene standards.
Seagreens® - an ideal vegetable source:
Seagreens® Hebridean Ascophyllum contains 15 times the Vitamin B2, 3 – 4 times the vitamin B3, 3-8 times the vitamin C, 15 the potassium, 50 times the calcium, 50 times the iron and 30 times the magnesium compared with fruits like raw blackberry and vegetables like boiled broccoli (Food Standards Agency 2008, Seagreens Healthcare Summary 2009).
Where can Seagreens® branded ingredients be used?
Nutritional supplements and therapeutics
Breads, cereals and baked goods
Processed meat products
Soups, sauces and condiments
Special diet foods and dietetics
Sports and snack foods
Teas and beverages
Seagreens® is an exceptional, natural multinutrient whole food. There are no approved 'health claims' but this seaweed has widely reputed benefit particularly in inflammatory and metabolic disorders, digestion, detoxification, cancers and cardiovascular conditions which are well documented (for more information on the EFSA Health Claim Submissions and products benefits, please download the Seagreens® presentation on this page or contact us).
The existing science behind Seagreens® shows it to be a potential replacement for salt (as sodium chloride), or where shelf life, nutritional density, obesity and weight regulation are important issues. A new report published in June 2011 from RCUK (Research Councils UK) and universities UK called “Big Ideas for the Future” selected Seagreens® to represent the Big Idea for the Future in the section on Healthy Living as a potential ingredient for salt replacement. (For more information please refer to http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/Publications/reports/Pages/BigIdeas.aspx)
"Our research has found that as well as maintaining the taste of the food, the seaweed granules appear to preserve it, thereby potentially lengthening its shelf life. We tested the granules for their microbial content and any external pollutants, and see no reason that the product would not be safe to consume within the regulatory definition of food safety for human consumption" – Dr Andrew Fairclough, Centre for Food Innovation, Sheffield Hallam University (Seagreens meat and bread research 2007-11) and Dr Philip Barlow, Scientific and Technical Advisor, Food Innovation Project, 2008
Please feel free to download the documentation on this page or click on the link above “more information” to get in contact with us. You can also learn more visiting www.seagreens.com.