The Secrets of Seaweed: Wellness Solutions for Food, Nutraceutical and Cosmetics Product Formulations

Food, Food Ingredients & Innovations,
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Although seaweeds have been around for over 2.5 billion years, many of us are unaware of the unique complex bioactive compounds that these marine plants contain compared to terrestrial plants. As such, seaweeds can provide natural nutritional and functional benefits for product formulations across the functional food, nutraceutical and cosmetics sectors.

Seaweed has evolved to contain natural antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiaging and other powerful protections. While there is still a lot to uncover, the seaweed secrets we have learned about so far come from knowledge we have gained about some of the many species of nutritionally dense, highly versatile, biologically complex marine plants found in our oceans, with more being continuously discovered by researchers around the globe. It is still a relatively small community of research and while peer-reviewed white papers are being increasingly published, there is still much to learn about seaweeds. This growing information will be important for product formulators who are looking for advanced functionality for their products, as well as keeping pace with consumer trends demanding fewer ingredients in products, cleaner labels and traceable and sustainable ingredients.

The benefits of seaweed have been recognised and utilized by the agriculture industry for decades. They have long been understood by agronomists to be an important input alongside fertilizers, providing a bio stimulant-type effect and synergies to activate necessary soil microbes, encouraging strong root growth and defending plants against drought, heat and other environmental challenges. Ranchers and veterinarians have also benefited from this knowledge as they see increased conception rates and milk production across many species of animals when seaweed is a regular feed ingredient.

In human research, there is reason to hope that seaweeds may hold important secrets leading to scientific breakthroughs in diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.

The secrets of seaweeds are being quickly unraveled, proving themselves to be an excellent ingredient option in functional food, nutraceutical and cosmetics due to their potent antioxidant, prebiotic, fiber-rich, antiviral, anti-aging, immune stimulation and many other beneficial effects.

Join our speaker in this webinar as she shares some of seaweeds’ rich secrets with you.


Lynn Cornish Acadian Seaplants

Lynn Cornish, Seed Stock Manager, Acadian Seaplants Limited

Lynn Cornish is the Seed Stock Manager for Acadian Seaplants Limited. With over 25 years of industry experience, Cornish is primarily responsible for the annual production of the macro algal inoculum for Acadian’s commercial seaweed food production facility. Cornish has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications on wild marine algae including reviews of seaweeds and brain health, as well as the prebiotic impacts of seaweeds on the human gut microbiome. Cornish holds a Master of Science from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Who Should Attend?

Product formulators in the food & beverage, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries will find this webinar educational and enlightening.

Looking for an ingredient replacement or an ingredient for a new and exciting product? Seaweed may become your secret ingredient.

What You Will Learn


  • Are marine plants containing many bioactive ingredients not found in regular terrestrial plants
  • Offer a natural functional ingredient for food, nutraceutical and cosmetics product formulators
  • Provide consumers with ingredients which are sustainable, traceable and highly effective across a wide range of both internal and external applications
  • Are research-proven to either benefit or offer much promise for tackling many current conditions and diseases

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Acadian Seaplants

Acadian Seaplants is a fully integrated bio-tech manufacturer of premium marine products, including wild harvested and cultivated functional ingredients derived from select species of aquatic plants.

In 1981, Acadian Seaplants was founded and established the seaweed industry in Canada. Today, Acadian Seaplants is the largest independent marine plant processing company in North America and a global leader in aquatic plant products for humans, animals and plants used in more than 80 countries.

As a fully integrated company, Acadian Seaplants is responsible for every stage of its operation including sustainable harvesting and cultivation of marine plants, scientific research and technology development, engineering, manufacturing, market development, sales and technical customer support.

Acadian SeaPlus Human Wellness™ products provide a variety of health and wellness benefits for the expanding nutraceutical, cosmetic and food & beverage industries. Acadian Seaplants is the global leader in specialty seaweed cultivation technology, operating the largest land-based commercial macroalgae cultivation facility in the world and providing the highest level of biomass control, supply security and traceability for customers.

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