The Natural Health Influencer Podcast

Ep 69: All things Sea Cucumbers with Sam Gao

March 31, 2022 Vista Global Media Collective Episode 69
The Natural Health Influencer Podcast
Ep 69: All things Sea Cucumbers with Sam Gao
Show Notes

If you love learning about natural health, then you’re going to love this episode because today we are discussing all things sea cucumbers! It may surprise you to learn that sea cucumbers are an extremely nutritious food source and have been seen as a natural medicine and delicacy for many years. As they seem to be a relatively new thing here in Canada, today we are joined by expert Sam Gao of Atlantic Sea Cucumbers and Akso Marine Biotech Inc. He explains that sea cucumbers are animals not plants and breaks down some of the many nutritional benefits of sea cucumbers. We discuss their surprising protein content, their collagen content,  the vitamins and nutrients that can be found in them, and even their impressive immune-boosting and cancer-fighting qualities. He also explains how Canada’s Atlantic sea cucumber differs from Asia’s Pacific sea cucumber and how you can prepare and enjoy this delicacy. To find out everything you've ever wanted to know about sea cucumbers, tune in today!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Why sea cucumbers are animals, not plants.
  • Why the Chinese refer to sea cucumbers as ginseng of the sea.
  • The research that has been done on the nutritional benefits of sea cucumbers and their cancer-fighting qualities.
  • Trials that are underway to determine the immune-boosting effects of sea cucumbers.  
  • Sam two companies: Atlantic Sea Cucumber Ltd and Akso Marine Biotech Inc. 
  • How and where dried sea cucumber from Atlantic Sea Cucumber is available.
  • How to cook sea cucumber. 
  • What inspired Sam to start Atlantic Sea Cucumber Ltd. 
  • How Canada’s Atlantic sea cucumber differs from Asia’s Pacific sea cucumber.
  • Some of the other vitamins and nutrients that can be found in sea cucumbers.
  • Why sea cucumber is better wild caught than farmed and why this is important to Sam’s business strategy.
  • How slowly sea cucumbers grow and how sustainable it is for us to be consuming them.
  • Sam’s favourite way of eating sea cucumber and how he describes the flavour.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Sam Gao 

Atlantic Sea Cucumber Ltd

Akso Marine Biotech Inc.

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Allison Tannis on LinkedIn

Allison Tannis on Instagram

Natural Health Influencer on Instagram 

Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group

Pure-Lē Natural

Vista Magazine

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