The periodic table is fascinating. To think that everything in our lives... E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G-! ... is made from combinations of just 118 different atoms – the elements. Five of them are so rare they have only been discovered in the last 20 years. No doubt there are many more yet to be found.
We refer to them broadly as Trace Elements – they are needed only in trace amounts, and those trace amounts in the correct balance are essential for life and for optimal health of every living thing.
Balance is important because, ironically, even though trace elements are essential to life most are poisonous if too much is ingested.
Selenium is a great example of an element that is absolutely essential to the health of most animals (including ourselves) but is highly toxic if too much is ingested.
Selenium deficiency in humans is implicated in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and various cancers. Deficiency in cattle is known as the cause of white muscle disease and high mortality rate in calves.
Just one tenth of a milligram of Selenium daily can be the difference between good health and serious illness.
Cobalt, Chromium, Vanadium… even Gold, Silver and Platinum… incredibly tiny amounts of their organic forms are all essential for health.
So here's the important bit...
Just because science has yet to understand why every one of these trace elements are essential doesn’t mean that they aren’t essential.
What we need for our own health and the health of our plants and animals, farms and gardens, are tiny amounts of every element in an organic form, and in balance with each other.
And that is exactly what we have in Seaperia Seaweed.
Ocean water contains the first 92 elements on the periodic table, eroded over millions of years from the land into the sea. Over the millennia these elements have become concentrated in the oceans surrounding the North and South Pole. Our Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed, which grows in the richest ocean waters just below the Arctic Circle, contains at least 55 elements that are measurable and most certainly many more.
Because they are already part of a living organism the trace elements in Seaperia are in an organic form and in perfect balance.
Organic in this context means the elements are part of molecules that also contain carbon. For the carbon-based life forms on our planet they are life-giving, organic, chelated minerals. This is in contrast to inorganic, synthetic products that can simply pass through an animal or sit in the soil without any beneficial effects.
Balance is important because none of the elements are used alone. For example, if you have ever bought yourself a Calcium supplement you would notice that they always contain Magnesium. This is because our bodies need Magnesium to use Calcium - our body can't build bones if we don't have sufficient Magnesium available as well.
When Seaperia is sprayed onto a plant or fed to an animal its trace elements are easily absorbed and readily used. Seaperia is packed with organic, balanced health-giving trace elements.
Some trace elements we know exactly the function they perform in the plant or the body. There are many elements though that scientists have only a very limited understanding of what they actually do.
The thing is... what does it matter as long as you can see the results?
Your agronomist will tell you that you need copper, or boron, or any of a dozen or so trace elements on your crops.
Your vet will tell you your animals need sulphur, or selenium, or calcium...
Your doctor will tell you that you need a multivitamin and mineral.
And yes, these well-known elements are all important.
But don’t forget the rest of the periodic table.
Seaweed promotes health in all living things by correcting trace element deficiencies that you don’t even know exist!
Seaperia for plants and animals and Seagreens for human health are both available from our online store here.
Blog post by Liz