Seaweed is full of vitamins, but analysis of vitamins has not been straightforward and many papers do not publish the levels. The amount of vitamins will depend on:
- Growing conditions for the seaweed crop
- Age of seaweed at harvest
- Genotype or form of the seaweed
- DNA or genotype of the seaweed
- Conditions at harvest
- Post harvest treatments
- Chemical process to extract the vitamins from the seaweed as the vitamins may be tightly bound in the biological material
all lead to variation in the levels of vitamins measured.
Seaweed is full of vitamins
The data presented included:
- Review of the quantity as measured by the researcher
- Averaging of data where there is general agreement
- RDI numbers are based on a 19 to 50 year old woman – rather than some RDI numbers that vary depending on sex and on age of the human
Vitamin Analysis for Pacific Seamoss
|Vitamin / Or Other Name||Total in 2.50||Quantity per 100g||RDI (ug or mg)||Serving as % of RDI|
|Vitamin A (retinol + Beta Carotene)||131.5ug||131.5ug||700.0ug||19%|
|Vitamin B1 (thiamine)||0.2mg||0.2mg||1.0mg||19%|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)||0.5ug||0.5ug||1.7ug||30%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin) mg||0.5mg||0.5mg||16.0mg||3%|
|Vitamin B5 (pantothenic)||0.0mg||0.0mg||5.0mg||0%|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)||0.0mg||0.0mg||1.2mg||0%|
|Vitamin B7 (biotin)||0.0ug||0.0ug||0.3ug||8%|
|Vitamin B9 (folic acid)||30.5ug||30.5ug||400.0ug||8%|
|Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)||0.0ug||0.0ug||2.4ug||0%|
Customers have told us they feel better, and it is probably the Vitamin B that assist. It may be trace elements, but the combination of trace elements and vitamins may complement each other.
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