Drugs From Plants: Old Idea, New Directions

(DGIwire) – “Pharmacognosy” may not be a familiar word, but the concept it defines is a very old one: the search in nature for potentially useful medicines and therapies. Drug Discovery & Development recently published an interview on the topic with Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of ZIVO Bioscience, a biotech/agtech R&D company engaged in […]

New Drugs From Algae: Practical and Sensible

(DGIwire) – Algae have been used as ingredients in traditional medicine for centuries. But what role can these organisms play in today’s ultramodern pharmaceutical industry? The answer is: a potentially big one. That’s the message recently conveyed in the pages of The Medicine Maker by Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of ZIVO Bioscience, a biotech/agtech […]

Thinking of Cooking With Algae? Good Idea

(DGIwire) – Algae has been increasingly popping up in restaurants and supermarkets. From ice cream, vegan egg substitutes and protein powders to sausage casings and sea lettuce, its versatility is broad, as recently noted in an article in The Guardian. According to a nutritionist quoted by the newspaper, algae is a true superfood, rich in […]

Can Algae Keep Animal Feed Antibiotic-Free?

(DGIwire) – For whom are the majority of antibiotics sold? Not humans—but farm animals. As recently noted by STAT, livestock and poultry producers have come to rely on medicated feeds and routine administration of antibiotics to promote growth and productivity. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication in animal feed can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria […]

Can Algae Revolutionize Dietary Supplements and Food Ingredients?

(DGIwire) – Do any natural products offer a host of advantages that could substantially improve the quality of today’s dietary supplements and food ingredients? According to a recent article in Food Manufacturing, indeed there are: certain strains of algae. As the article reports, these algal strains—which incorporate unique blends of protein, fiber, micronutrients and non-starch […]

Three Organic and Sustainable Food Trends in 2018

(DGIwire) – The popularity of organic and sustainable food is at an all-time high, driven in part by its popularity among millennials. In fact, according to Forbes, organic food currently represents 5.3 percent of total retail food sales in the U.S. What are some of the specific developments to look for this year as greater […]

Get Ready for the Algae Revolution in the Kitchen

(DGIwire) – Algae are easy to grow and packed with protein, reports Fast Company—attributes that could fuel what the magazine calls an “algae revolution” in people’s diets. Algae is already used into baking mixes, cookies, milk, nondairy creamers, vegan eggs, salad dressing, ice cream, smoothies and protein powders, to name a few products. Why is […]

Algae as a Functional Food Ingredient: 4 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – In the quest for an ever-greater share of the consumer market, a host of food manufacturers have found that functional foods hold a special appeal. As they evaluate the potential value functional foods may add to their product lineups, marketers should consider what algae-based ingredients offer, according to a recent article in FoodDIVE […]

Using Algae to Promote Animal Health

(DGIwire) – In the ongoing quest to improve animal health, one of the most promising avenues involves phytogenics: the use of plant-derived products in animal feed. A recent article in Animal Pharm spotlighted how algae can be harnessed to develop a pipeline of beneficial product candidates. According to the magazine, significant strides have been made […]

Plant-Based Protein: A Healthy Trend

(DGIwire) – Consumers are trying to add more plants into their diets. According to market research firm 1010data, plant-based protein powder made up 78 percent of all online “plant-based” sales in the 52 weeks ending July 2017. Additionally, reports Nutra Ingredients USA, searches for “plant-based” in online retail platforms tripled from March 2016 to July […]

Algae: Playing a Vital Role on Earth in the Past, Present and Future

(DGIwire) – A team of researchers at the Australian National University recently offered a bold answer to a huge question: What led to the appearance of complex organisms—including animals and humans—on Earth? As reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the researchers say the answer comes down to a single word: algae. The team claims […]

Greener Drugs: The Role of Algae in Pharmaceutical Development

(DGIwire) – Marine algae are receiving growing attention as sources of bioactive compounds and are being considered for the pharmaceutical industry in drug development. A 2016 article in the Journal of Pharmaceutics and Nanotechnology outlined some of the potential applications of this burgeoning field. Different types of algae possess distinct potential uses in medicine. As […]

Could Algae Help Lead to New Treatment for Osteoarthritis?

  (DGIwire) – Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered to be the most common joint disease in the United States, affecting more than 30 million adults, according to Medical News Today. But research recently published in the journal Biomaterials Science suggests a new avenue for treatment: algae. As noted by Medical News Today, experiments in vitro have […]

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