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Sourcing Organic Magnesium. The remarkable Wild Sea Lettuce.

Tuesday May 17, 2022
Sourcing Organic Magnesium. The remarkable Wild Sea Lettuce.

Wild sea lettuce may seem an unlikely source for magnesium, but this remarkable marine plant has many potential health benefits. As well as being rich in the essential mineral and other vital nutrients, sea lettuce is also a sustainable and environmentally-friendly marine plant, making it the perfect choice for individuals seeking healthful and ethical alternatives. We explore the ingredient further.


Kinder magnesium


Ethically sourced from wild sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca), Viridian's innovative new supplement provides a certified organic wholefood source of magnesium. Ulva lactuca is an ideal option when looking for a source of magnesium derived direct from nature, without artificial additives or heavy processing, and with minimal effect on the environment.


Magnesium is an important mineral, playing a key role in over 300 processes in the human body. Magnesium contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue and supports electrolyte balance, the nervous system, normal muscle function, normal psychological function and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.


Viridian’s Organic Magnesium is the first certified organic magnesium supplement by the Soil Association on the UK market, having been produced without the use of pesticides, fertilisers, or preservatives. This magnesium supplement contains 100% active ingredients, formulated by expert nutritionists with no artificial fillers and no nasties. Be rest assured that this supplement is sourced according to Viridian’s strict ethical criteria, including no animal testing, GMO or palm oil.


A rich natural source of nutrients


Sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca) is a sea alga that gets its name from its lettuce-like shape and is naturally rich in minerals, particularly magnesium. In an observation study, it was evident that sea lettuce was an excellent source of dietary fibre (31%), higher than some fruits and vegetables[1]. Sea lettuce is also a good source of vitamin A, and vitamin C[2]. As a result, sea lettuce is a valuable nutrient-dense ingredient with many health promoting properties. 


Putting nature first


Grown on the coast of Brittany, Viridian’s wild source of seaweed is enormously abundant in vitamins and minerals. Harvested far from any form of pollution, the sea lettuce is meticulously hand-cut without scraping the rocks beneath. This gentle harvesting process ensures enough sea lettuce is left to regrow.


The wild seaweed is dried in solar-powered greenhouses, retaining a minimal environmental footprint. Once dry, the leaves are briefly ground before being poured into vegan capsules. Viridian’s Organic Magnesium capsules therefore contain sustainable, wild natural sea lettuce … and nothing else.


Organic certification by land and sea


The production methods used have allowed Viridian to produce the first certified Organic Magnesium without the use of pesticides, fertilisers, or preservatives. This supplement is certified organic by the Soil Association. The sea lettuce used is harvested on rocky estuary shorelines during low tide with calm water. This process ensures that the water quality is regularly monitored and complies with the organic standards.


If you have further questions about Organic Magnesium, please get in touch with our team of nutritionists at technical@viridian-nutrition.com. Find additional information in the Organic Magnesium FAQ.


Author: Jenny Carson is a Nutritional Practitioner and Technical Services Manager at Viridian Nutrition. She holds a BSc honours degree in Nutritional Science and is a Master of Research (MRes) in Public Health.


  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308814611005152?via%3Dihub
  2. https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/65/12/535/1903132

 

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