Key Facts about Seaweed
Do you know that there are about 10 000 kinds of seaweeds in the world? They fall into three main groups: green, brown and red. The reason why seaweed has become so popular in the “healthy living” community is simple: it contains 46 minerals, 16 amino acids and 11 micro-nutrients.
The major direct use of seaweed as food is in China, Japan and Korea, and in the Indian Ocean where seaweed cultivation has become a huge industry. The most popular kind of seaweed known in the UK is Kelp and there are many tasty recipes including kelp “floating” on the Internet.
Why Should You Care About Seaweed
The main reason you should care is soil depletion. It’s now a well-known truth that modern abusive agricultural methods have stripped huge percentage of nutrients from the soil in which the food we consume grows. Unfortunately, the nutrients and vitamins in vegetables and fruit diminish with each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant, all for-profit grown food production. Therefore, including seaweed in our diet is one of the ways to compensate for lack of vitamins and minerals in our food.
Only a gram of seaweed provides your daily dose of iodine, which is the mineral important to keep healthy thyroid function. Also, brown seaweed called kombu contains the pigment fucoxanthin, which is known to support the body in processing fats. You can read in many reports that a serving of seaweed contains more calcium than broccoli and is almost as rich in proteins as legumes. When you count other important nutrients in seaweed such as vitamin B-12 and vitamin A you can see why it earned the popular label of “superfood”.
Alginate, the natural fibre found in some types of seaweed such as kelp, might help digestion and reduce fat. A study led by scientists Dr. Iain Brownlee and Professor Jeff Pearson at Newcastle University found that eating seaweed reduced fat digestion by more than 75 percent. Fibre prevents overeating because it makes you feel full faster. These findings show clearly that adding seaweed to your diet could be beneficial for losing weight and lowering unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood.
Good for the Heart
Your body needs healthy fats and therefore they should be part of a balanced diet. Seaweed provides heart-healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat helps to increase healthy HDL cholesterol levels, while it also helps to lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids also help reduce inflammation in the body. It has been found that one sheet of nori seaweed contains the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids as two avocados.
There Are Many Ways to Eat Seaweed
There are many ways to add seaweed to your regular diet. If you like sushi then you will be eating the wrap which is made from flattened nori seaweed sheet. You can also buy dried brown or green kelp seaweed strips and add them to potatoes, pastas, casseroles, breads, pizzas, stews and soups. You can even make seaweed chips: just sprinkle olive oil onto fresh seaweed pieces and bake them in the oven until crisp.
Using High-Quality Organic Certified Supplements
If you don’t like the taste of seaweed or find it difficult to buy it in shops, you can eat seaweed in a powder form in capsules. BH Supplements offer an exclusive herbal formulation with organic certification which includes:
Organic spirulina powder
Organic artichoke powder
Organic chlorella powder
Organic green tea leaf powder
Organic rhubarb powder
Organic cayenne powder
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