Are Water Lentils, Duckweed, and Lemna All the Same Thing?

In short, yes.

Lemnoideae are a family of tiny flowering plants that float on the surface of fresh water. These little plants are incredible because they reproduce asexually, which means that they just bud off one each other. Because of this, they are able to double in biomass every 24 to 36 hours! Water lentils are the family of Lemnoideae plants, also known as duckweed. Lemna, on the other hand, is one of the plants that fall under the Lemnoideae, Water Lentil, family. 

These little plants have been growing for years all around us but only Asia has really taken advantage of the nutrient density of them. In Asia, many people buy water lentils as holistic remedies and as superfoods that can have enormous health benefits to your body.

Water lentils contain a high-quality plant protein, which has all of the essential amino acids (EAAs) that your body needs. Water lentils are the only plant protein comparable to whey in regards to percentage of EAA and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). They also have the perfect blend of soluble and insoluble fiber as well as a high source of Omega-3s. The chlorophyll, polyphenol and Beta-Carotene content contribute to the high antioxidant quantity. And finally, these little plants are considered a superfood because of there extremely high nutrient density. They are packed with iron, calcium, Vitamin A, phosphorus, magnesium only to name a few.

Because of the unparalleled nutrient density of these little plants, they are called a complete food source. No wonder they have been called the “Future of Foods”, right?