Blue-green algae are microscopic plants which are more closely akin to bacteria than to seaweed. The popular blue-green algae, spirulina, is currently cultivated and harvested on an industrial scale in the ocean and lakes of several countries. It is commonly sold as a general nutritional supplement or weight-loss agent.
Spirulina (including Spirulina maxima and S. platensis) contains a variety of nutrients, such as protein, a variety of B vitamins and minerals, the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E, and phycocyanin.
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Powerful antioxidants provide protection
People all over the world have enjoyed grapes (Vitis vinifera) and grape products for centuries. Grapes are commonly grown in many regions of the world and are a popular fruit in many cultures. The unfermented juice of the grape is also very popular as a refreshing beverage, while many cultures utilize the fermented juice (wine) with their meals and social occasions.
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More than just candy
In ancient times herbs and spices were used to preserve foods. Their effectiveness in food preservation was the result of their potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) was one of the first Oriental spices to reach Europe. While ginger is indigenous to Southeast Asia, it is now widely cultivated in China, India, the United States, Australia, and the West Indies.
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