Hydrilla | Nature’s Secret Superfood
We like to think that the term superfood was coined to describe the Hydrilla verticillata plant. After all, Hydrilla hands down is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet outshining even more well-established powerhouses such as Spirulina and Wheatgrass by a long shot, which has dominated the natural foods industry for decades. Paradoxically rare and wildly abundant, Hydrilla was once entirely off the mainstream superfoods radar, yet Hydrilla grows so fast and furiously in the wild (it’s one of the fastest growing plants on the planet) that there’s a nearly endless supply of it growing wild across much of the world. It’s a tough plant.
Although comparable to spirulina and chlorella in many ways, which are another aquatic source of top nutrition, Hydrilla seems to more closely resemble the nutrient contents of the land plant moringa — which is a fantastic healing superfood in its right. However, unlike moringa, the rate of regeneration (regrowth) is within 24 hours for this healing plant (Hydrilla). This alone shows how powerful Hydrilla is. If Hydrilla can heal and regrow itself after being cut within 24 hours, then just what type of nutrient-driven healing do you think it can do in our bodies? If you answered to yourself that it could only do wonders, then you would be correct. See the documented nutrient content of hydrilla and its equally healthy counterpart chlorella in the chart below:
Vitamin B-12 – 7,275 more than the daily recommendation!!!
|Amount per 10.5 gram|
|Beta Carotene||19,593 iu||5,838 iu||Magnesium||76.13||21 mg|
|Vitamin B-1||26.25 mg||0.1575 mg||Potassium||244.65 mg||33.6 mg|
|Vitamin B-2||0.084 mg||0.0483 mg||Phosphorus||29.74 mg||33.6 mg|
|Vitamin B-3||5.25 mg||2.52 mg||Iron||35.8 mg||16.8 mg|
|Vitamin B-5||11.36 mg||0.147 mg||Vitamin E||7.1 iu||N/A|
|Vitamin B-6||35.91 mg||0.147 mg||Cobalt||0.43 mg||N/A|
|VITAMIN B-12||1.05 mg||0.126 mg||Molybdenum||14.7 mcg||N/A|
|Calcium||1,460.7 mg||21 mg|
From the chart, you can see that Hydrilla is not deficient in any category of nutrients, and the nutrients that it does have are at a much higher rate of density than chlorella for the most part. Can anyone say multivitamin? This means that for those who are averse to supplements, there is a plant-based alternative. Besides that, the vitamin B12 issue is solved in an instant for those who are having trouble finding a consistent clean plant-based source. Like most superfoods available these days, you can get Hydrilla supplements in powder or pill form — the choice is yours.
Few know this, but Hydrilla verticillata is one of the most abundant food sources of calcium on the planet and is similarly plentiful in a host of mineral cofactors such as chromium, selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and silica. It’s also a potent vegan source of the notoriously rare vitamin B12, as well as the rest of the B-Vitamin family, again Hydrilla having some of the highest concentrations of any food currently known to man. Like all whole foods, the nutrients found in Hydrilla are bound to naturally occurring carbohydrates, proteins, and polyphenols in organic molecular complexes in the ideal form for human digestion and metabolism. Meaning that when you consume Hydrilla, your body actually absorbs and assimilates the nutrients therein (unlike the synthetic vitamins and minerals found in the majority of supplements, which cannot be fully utilized by cells). This is also in large part because Hydrilla is phenomenally abundant in a wide range of enzymes, which help the further body digest and assimilate the plant. New research has shown Hydrilla contains a wide range of polysaccharides, widely recognized in the medical community for their immune- and general health-enhancing properties, and a rare type of molecule known as otteliones A and B, which have been shown in studies to have potent anti-tumor effects.
Moreover, it’s precisely this world-class nutrient profile that explains Hydrilla’s impressively wide range of health benefits. Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, nearly every system, gland, and organ in the body including the bones, skin, hair, and blood is either directly or indirectly nourished by the nutrients in Hydrilla. Specifically, Hydrilla is known as a neuroprotective and neuroenhancer due to its high concentration of B-vitamins (particularly B12), which each play a critical role in brain and nervous system function and users often report improvements in mood, energy, and memory as the body is supplied with various cerebrally active vitamins and minerals.
Hydrilla, the highly bioavailable calcium, magnesium, silica and other mineral co-factors supply bones, skin, nails, and hair with foundational nutrition for growth and regeneration. Hydrilla nourishes and builds blood with its high iron content and is a welcome source of the mineral for vegans and vegetarians, whose diets tend to be low in it while simultaneously rich in phytic acid and other iron-absorption inhibitors. It’s also an excellent source of Beta-Carotene, which is partially converted to Vitamin A and supports vision, proper gene transcription, and healthy skin cells, among other things.
Hydrilla verticillata owes its earthy green color to its high chlorophyll content, which has some functions in the body including detoxification of heavy metals and building healthy red blood cells. Along those same lines, Hydrilla also tends to have a mild cleansing action in the digestive tract, which stimulates peristalsis and is useful in treating constipation and removing food waste and toxins. Hydrilla also indirectly supports the immune system by supplying many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which are essential for its proper functioning.
Mental, Emotional & Spiritual Properties
Although Hydrilla is not generally recognized as part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacopeia, by observing its effects on the mind and body, we can deduce that it is a Qi and Jing stimulating plant, which means that Hydrilla not only supplies life force energy (Qi) but is also deeply nourishing and revitalizing (Jing). In the ancient Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda, Hydrilla verticillata is recognized as a dominant medicinal plant and valued for its cleansing, restorative and energizing properties. As such, Hydrilla is particularly well suited to athletes and highly active lifestyles, as well as those who are weak; in both cases, its nourishing properties help to rebuild, restore, and noticeably increase endurance. Hydrilla is a staple for vegans and vegetarians since it supplies many nutrients that are difficult to obtain in adequate quantities on those diets (iron and B12 particularly) without the introduction of synthetic vitamins or animal foods. Most use Hydrilla merely as a daily tonic in smoothies and juices for its overall health-promoting effects and as an adjunct in any cleansing protocol for supplying nutrients and assisting detoxification.
Ancient and Modern History
Hydrilla is somewhat mysterious in that not much is known about its origins other than mentions of it first appearing in Indian Ayurvedic literature dating back thousands of years. Hydrilla verticillata is known to have originated in Asia and climactically favorable areas of Europe. In modern times, Hydrilla is commonly found in aquariums as an ornamental plant, enjoyed by many fish who thrive off its highly nutritious leaves, subtly alluding to its medicinal effects. Perhaps this is how Hydrilla was first discovered: by ancient rishis and medicine men observing the healthy and robust fish who fed on its leaves, deciding to try some for themselves finally. Either way, savvy farmers have been adding Hydrilla to chicken, cow and goat feed for decades, taking advantage of its incredible nutrient profile and ability to boost egg and milk production by 20% on average.
Quality: What To Look For in Hydrilla Products
Hydrilla verticillata is widely considered by botanists to be a first-class weed, as it has no problem growing and thriving on its own without human help. As such, most products on the open market are wildcrafted, meaning they’re harvested from naturally occurring blooms in lakes and reservoirs around the world. The primary determinant of quality is the purity of the air and water in the region where it’s grown, as well as the methods used for processing. Many products are heated in the drying and harvesting process, destroying temperature-sensitive nutrients, enzymes, and compounds. Look for products dried at low temperatures and ground to a fine powder for palatability and maximum bioavailability.
Depending on your sensitivity to herbs and foods, you may need to start slow with Hydrilla, erring on the side “less is more.” Experienced herbalists and superfood connoisseurs frequently report that Hydrilla has an unusually high potency and kick to it, making it wise to start slow to let your body acclimate and adjust.
Dunaliella – is praised for its high quantity and quality of Vitamin A make sure you read our description to receive more in-depth information.
VITAMIN B-12 – The highest absorbable form on the planet.
Hydrilla extraordinarily high mineral content could help your body work toward alkalinity.
Hydrilla contains significantly high amounts of absorbable calcium; which brings relief to those on a plant-based diet.
Hydrilla contains impactful amounts of zinc, selenium and vitamin C for superior immune support.
Hydrilla contains all of the B vitamins.
Protein content in hydrilla has positive repairing abilities when it comes to damaged cells and body tissue.
Ingredients: Wild harvested Hydrilla
Parts Used: Plant
2 ounces of powder and or 60 vegetable capsules.
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