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How far down the food chain did we go for our big brains?

Discussion in 'Factor X' started by MJ*, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. MJ*

    MJ* New Member

    Here is a very interesting article on alge and it's potential role in encephalation. Could alge be something we should include in our diets? Is anyone supplementing with Spirulina?



    "Down the food chain:



    Rather than moving up the food chain to game meat, early hominoids’ first step may instead have been down the food chain when they ingested algae in their drinking water. Consuming algae may have been intentional but more likely was incidental because the tiny algal cells were visible only in the sense that they turned the water slightly green. The lakes and wetlands in the Rift Valley where humans developed larger brains are home to some of the oldest lakes and wetlands on Earth that produce plentiful natural stands of the high protein and nutrient rich spirulina algae. Spirulina is the best selling algal nutritive supplement on the market today because it provides a complete set of essential nutrients. A hominoid tribe on the lee side of an algae lake may have ingested several grams of algae daily in their drinking water. These few grams of algae would not have provided sufficient roughage or protein for a full diet. Algae would have acted as a natural food supplement to supply the essential nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that provided the green spark for encephalation."
     
  2. WannaBeOptimal

    WannaBeOptimal New Member

    Very high in protein...most of the lipid content is GLA.



    DHA content?
     
  3. David

    David Silver

    WiKiPedia sez: "Spirulina's lipid content is about 7% by weight, and is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA)."
     
  4. WannaBeOptimal

    WannaBeOptimal New Member

    Looks like DHA is pretty far down on the totem pole.
     
  5. chocolate

    chocolate Silver

    I have some and take it if it crosses my path. I don't take it regularly.
     
  6. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

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