by Life Enthusiast Staff
Dunaliella algae are packed with health-promoting nutrients. The unmatched carotenoid content of Dunaliella provides a wide range of health-supporting effects. Dunaliella is a unique unicellular species of algae containing rich concentrations of carotenoid enzymatic pigments (mainly Beta-Carotene), antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals & trace elements.
Carotenoids provide fruits and vegetables their distinctive colors, odors and tastes. Approximately 500 different carotenoids have been identified. Dunaliella is a rich source of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein and lycopene. Beta Carotene is converted into essential Vitamin A (one molecule of Beta-Carotene gives rise to two molecules of Vitamin A) and it is synthesized by the human body only up to the level needed, therefore always assuring the proper level of this essential antioxidant with no side effects on liver or other organs (contrary to traditional Vitamin A- palmytate). Beta Carotene is also itself an antioxidant and helps support a healthy immune system and maintain healthy skin and eyes.
Antioxidants work to protect the body from harmful oxygen radicals and peroxides by reacting with these chemicals to neutralize their destructive effect on cells and tissues. This breakdown that antioxidants seek to correct is referred to as "oxidative stress" m which can lead to serious health conditions, including loss of skin elasticity and wrinkling.
Harvard studies have shown Dunaliella Carotene Complexes to be impressively effective for supporting the body's own immune production of Tumor Necrosis (killing) Factor Alpha (TNF Alpha) - In the Harvard cancer studies that inspired the carotene craze, Dunaliella & Spirulina Carotenes were shown to be 12 times more effective in supporting TNF than common carotene supplements. Yet common "natural" (actually "nature identical" manufactured from petroleum byproducts) is what recent, less effective carotene studies have utilized. The manufacturing process to convert petroleum chemicals to beta carotene uses a carcinogenic industrial solvent called hexane. Traces remain in these "natural" carotenes. Their mediocre immune results should come as no surprise. Dietary or life-created sources of carotene are superior sources of dozens of different carotenes in a genuinely natural and bioactive form. Carotene is useful for improved vision and as a general tonic. (See vitamin A for details). Several of these Carotenes also convert to vitamin A as needed so you get the additional benefits of vitamin A.
Algae, as the lowest plant forms that use sunshine for energy and carbon dioxide for respiration (photosynthesis), provide us with valuable oxygen and a host of nutritional supplements such as highly degradable and assimilable protein (approx. 85-95%), and ideal amino acid profile, naturally chelated minerals, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Omega-3, and vegetable Vitamin B12. We use this algae rainbow of three algae groups: blue-green Spirulina (Cyanophta), deep-green Chlorella (Chlorophyta), and orange-red Dunaliella (Rhodophyta).
Dunaliella's survival ability and its benefits to humans have been topics of many interesting studies over the years. Dunaliella algae have no cell wall, but due to their unique metabolism they can live in high concentrations of saturated brine, such as in the waters of the Dead Sea. To survive such environments, the organism must be a part of the salt production process. Dunaliella is a photosynthetic cell requiring sunlight to live; it is highly tolerant of UV radiation due to the photo-protective characteristics of the carotenes it contains. Aside from being a very important photo protector against UV radiation, it also reinforces the immune system by improving the body defenses, and slowing down aging and cell degradation via its effects on free radicals.
Research has proven that consumption of the Dunaliella Salina algae is effective in prevention of some forms of cancer. Several clinical studies (Nishino, Hayoku - Japan) have revealed a correlation between the incidence of cancer and low levels of Beta-Carotene in the blood (isomers cis-Beta-Carotene and alpha-Carotene: almost uniquely present in Dunaliella Salina microalgae). In this way the consumption of products containing Dunaliella may help to prevent certain types of cancer such as cerebral tumors, leukemia, skin cancer, liver and stomach cancers, etc. (Nishino, Hayoku - Japan).
Similarly, North American investigators (Dr. Meysken et al) expect that natural Beta-Carotene will become a pharmaceutical and food base of first level importance in future prevention and healing of cancer. Other studies which have recently been carried out in wide population areas show significant improvements among patients suffering of esophagus, lung and stomach cancers, asthma, throat inflammations, leukemia, intestinal and stomach ulcers, with simultaneous improvement of appetite and sleep.
Natural Beta-Carotene prevents the decrease of white blood cells and platelets due to ionic radiation, thus proving to be protective against nuclear radiation.