The Underwater Eden
- Giovanni Scapagnini
Beneath the ocean’s surface reside marvelous and, to some extent, still mysterious creatures that hold the potential to safeguard our future. They are a reservoir of extraordinary properties beneficial not only for our well-being but also for the health of our planet. Throughout history, algae have played a pivotal role in human existence, yet ongoing scientific exploration continues to unveil new and boundless advantages. These discoveries are poised to impact various facets of our lives, spanning from nourishment and energy to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, supplements, and agriculture. Fascinating, beautiful, and diverse, they are a precious source of oxygen – producing more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere – and can purify polluted water, in addition to being an excellent source of biofuels. From a nutritional perspective, their elevated content of high-quality proteins positions algae as a viable substitute for animal proteins. Additionally, algae are rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements, and omega-3 fatty acids, offering a holistic approach to well-being. Beyond nutritional benefits, they contain active compounds capable of retarding the aging process and fostering longevity. These multifaceted organisms thus emerge as not just a marvel of nature but as potential key players in shaping a sustainable and healthier future for us all.