Extraction can make a significant difference in a seaweed extract’s composition, quality, and performance. This is especially true in the case of Ascophyllum nodosum extracts, where the choice between a hot or cold process can significantly impact the bioactivity potential of the extract. We will take a look at the world of Ascophyllum nodosum extract processing and shed light on how hot processes can unlock the full potential of these marine wonders.
Ascophyllum nodosum Extract Advantage
Ascophyllum nodosum is an inter-tidal seaweed found only in the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. In the unrelenting environment between the changing tides, Ascophyllum nodosum has developed a natural biochemistry that allows it to thrive & grow. This plant has evolved a unique array of bioactive compounds that allow it to survive extreme climatic conditions ranging from immersion in temperate water to exposure to scorching sunshine or shoreline frost.
Two Approaches: Hot vs. Cold Processes
When it comes to extracting bioactive compounds from Ascophyllum nodosum, two primary methods are commonly employed: hot process and cold process. The choice between these methods is pivotal, as it impacts the availability of the bioactives.
Cold Process: This method involves harnessing the bioactive compounds from Ascophyllum nodosum at low temperatures. While it is often likened to the revered process of cold-pressing olives due to its perceived ability to retain the integrity of sensitive compounds, its efficacy in optimising bioactivity falls short. The cold process does not adequately disintegrate cell walls, which impedes the release of certain bioactives, potentially diminishing the overall potency of the extract.
Hot Process: At Hebridean Seaweed, we adopt a hot process, leveraging elevated temperatures to facilitate the extraction of bioactive compounds. This technique has garnered recognition for its proficiency in dismantling cell walls, paving the way for a more encompassing release of bioactives. By exposing Ascophyllum nodosum to controlled heat, the hot process adeptly unveils compounds that remain untapped with a cold process. Consequently, this translates to a richer bioactive concentration per litre, improving coverage and absorption potential significantly. A head-to-head performance comparison underscores the marked difference, solidifying the hot process as a more efficacious extraction methodology.
Unleashing Full Bioactivity Potential
Through our proprietary hot processes, we ensure that the bioactives present in Ascophyllum nodosum are fully released, resulting in exceptional product effectiveness. By carefully controlling temperature and duration, we create the right environment for optimal extraction.
As the industry continues to explore the vast benefits of Ascophyllum nodosum extracts, our commitment to maximising their bioactivity potential remains unwavering, driven by science, and innovation.
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