With a total content of 30 % to 60 %, seaweeds are rich in dietary fibre which is great for your digestive health because fibre supports a health-promoting gut micro-flora.
To dig a bit deeper, some seaweeds are rich in soluble fibre - a component of fibre which is not digested and benefits the regulation of the intestinal transit.
No question, a balanced diet includes getting fibre from a variety of sources such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains. So, what about seaweeds? A 10 g portion of sea-veggies provides about one eight of the daily fibre need. This makes them not only a super-healthy, but also a detoxing and super-creative addition to your boring cereals :P
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 good source of vitamin B12, which 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? Seaweeds are real super-(sea)-veggie's, huh?
The great thing about seaweeds is that they are packed with proteins containing all fundamental amino acids. Foods rich in protein are filling and help controlling appetite during the day. Plus, they have a positive impact on bone health, muscle strength and blood pressure. Green and red seaweeds contain a protein ratio of around 10% - 30% (in relation to weight dry matter). With levels up to 45%, the red algae Dulse is a real protein rockstar.