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This Tiny Green Lifeform Has Tons Of Protein!

As more people move away from meat, into humane and heart-healthy forms of protein, scientists have discovered a new power protein. Algae brings all of the health benefits of other protein supplements such as soy, with the added benefit of sustainability and dense nutrients. Find out how this tiny green plant is becoming a popular addition to the dinner table.

Plant-Based Proteins Boost Health

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Eating too much meat has a negative impact on your cardiovascular health, NPR explains. You still need plenty of protein, which is why many nutritionists recommend plant-based supplements instead.

Algae Is More Than Just Protein

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It’s true that algae packs plenty of protein into a small package, but what makes it an alternative choice to soy is in its additional nutrients. The plant also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, according to Solazyme.

It’s Plentiful

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Algae covers the surface of nearly every shallow beach, making it one of the most abundant plants in the world. Its fast growth and environmental flexibility make it a sustainable crop with less impact on the environment than traditional ground crops.

Companies Make It Fast

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Companies grow algae crops from start to finish in just a few days. Farmers no longer need to wait months or years for a protein source to mature before harvesting the amino acids inside.

Algae Goes In Anything

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If the food fits inside of a glass, bowl or plate, algae powder goes well with it. Since this protein comes in a powdered form, many people stir it inside of a shake, or sprinkle it on top of their favorite dishes.

The Process Is Natural

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While this plant looks inedible as it grows, the process to convert it into a powder is actually simple. Farmers allow the plants to ferment, then turn the natural sugars in the plants into protein, grinding them into a powder form.

Algae Improves Blood Pressure

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Studies have shown that people who eat a plant-based diet have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure than those who get their protein primarily from meat. Replacing carbohydrates with algae also improves blood pressure.

Algae Promotes Weight Loss

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Another study found that people who ate a high amount of vegetable proteins were more likely to lose weight than those who ate high-fat or high-carbohydrate diets. When you substitute algae for your usual protein sources, you have a better chance of meeting weight loss goals.

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