MEET HYDRILLA VERTICILLATE, NATURE’S HIDDEN SUPERFOOD
The natural foods industry had been dominated by Spirulina and Wheatgrass for decades, but now there’s a new player in the game.
Hydrilla Verticillate is an aquatic plant, and it is so widespread that it’s considered an invasive species in the US. It’s many benefits have been discovered fairly recently, and many more are being discovered daily. The same properties that make this plant hard to get rid of once it settles are the ones that make for its nutritional profile.
Considering the fact that hydrilla is classified as a freshwater tape grass it should come as a no surprise that it shares the same properties as some “famous” superfoods such as wheat and barley. Hydrilla Verticillate grows in damp conditions, not in drier ones like some of its cousins. The importance of this is that the wetter climate provides more nutrition, therefore these types of foods are usually fed to animals that require highly nutritious food, such as horses. Hydrilla’s advantage over barley and wheat is that its aquatic root structure provides it with more minerals, vitamins and other nutritious content from the lakebed which is, again, richer in ingredients than the land.
Hydrilla Verticillate is proven to be one of the richest sources of calcium on the planet. It is also full of iron, magnesium, zinc, and other minerals. Vegans might find this plant very useful, as it is brimming with B vitamins, especially the rare vitamin B12. Hydrilla is also rich in enzymes that help your body with digestion, as well as enzymes which allow for the full nutritional content of the plant to be utilized by your organism.
Rich with polysaccharides, hydrilla verticillate is also a great boost for your immune system and overall health. A rare type of molecules referred to as otteliones A and B can be found in the plant, and the research shows are very potent anti-tumor fighters.
Other health benefits of hydrilla include positive effects on bones, skin, nails and hair due to its high calcium and magnesium content. B12 content influences brain and nervous system functions in a positive way, and is regarded as a factor in improving mood, energy and memory.
As we mentioned before, this plant is regarded as an invasive species, therefore most of the products on the market are harvested from the natural wild sources, and it is not being grown purposely. The main quality you need to look out for when seeking hydrilla products is the area in which it grew as the quality of air and water is a major factor in the plants nutrient content. The processing factor is also what you need to look out for. If heat is used in the drying and harvesting products it may cause a loss in nutritional values. Make sure you find product that was dried at low temperatures and then ground for use.
It is advised to start slow with hydrilla, as it is very potent. Your body will need some time to get accustomed to it. Recommended daily doses are ¼ to ½ teaspoon in the beginning, and as you get used to it you may move up to a teaspoon per day, in smoothies, juice, water, or soup. Hydrilla Verticillate has a mild, earthy taste which resembles the taste of a high content mineral water.
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