SEAWEED FOR HEALTH
Updated: Apr 7
Is seaweed a ‘superfood’ ?
From a nutritional point of view, we should be considering the humble seaweed as the superfood of the ocean. They contain an exceptional level of minerals, proteins, dietary fibre, electrolytes and vitamins, as well as being very low in calories- making them a very tasty way to nourish your mental and physical health.
The micronutrients and electrolytes in seaweed are bioavailable, in a form that human cells need to mesh with their metabolisms.
Integrating seaweeds into your diet has long-term benefits for your overall health: Seaweeds can help to regulate your metabolism, cleanse your blood, calm your digestive tract, boost your dopamine levels, and support your immune system, to list only a few!
And if you are into the science behind it all, I have written a little more detail about the health benefits of seaweed below.
Bursting with Vitamins and Minerals
Sea-vegetables are rich in vitamins A and C - vital nutrients to strengthen your immune system - and vitamin E which is known for its antioxidant activity.
Plus, seaweeds are a great source of vitamin B12 which is an essential nutrient for healthy nerve and blood cells and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 is recommended in the treatment of the effects of ageing, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and anaemia.
Did you know that terrestrial vegetables rarely contain any vitamin B12? Most B12 is found in animal based products. Seaweeds are real super-(sea)-veggie's, and if you are vegetarian or vegan you should definitely be considering these as a vital part of your daily nutrition.
Accounting for over one third of the sea vegetables' dry weight, seaweeds are incredibly wealthy in mineral elements that they absorb from the ocean. Most seaweeds are much richer in calcium, iron, magnesium and iodine than terrestrial vegetables. In fact, Alaria contains x3 times as much magnesium as the superfood kale.
You may know that minerals are involved in a great variety of biochemical reactions in your body. They contribute to the proper functioning of your nervous system, your muscles, your heart, your bones and your blood production.