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Seaweed: Age-Old New Food

Seaweed has played a large part in the staple diet of many Eastern countries for centuries. In the West we have only just begun to realize the wonderful nutritional value of seaweeds, as well as their variety, flavour and health-giving benefits. You are familiar with seaweed in the form of sushi, but that really is just the beginning of what this super food has to offer. Sea veggies, as they are also known, are packed with minerals and trace minerals. The sea contains all 92 minerals for nutrition, and seaweed growing in the sea would obviously have access to all of these minerals.

Have you ever wondered why people who eat the Standard Australian Diet are frequently hungry, overeat and suffer from food cravings? It’s no secret that most commercially grown foods are a very poor source of nutrition. The hybridizing alone makes foods genetically weak and demineralised, never mind that the soil they are grown in is over-farmed and depleted. Hunger is often a signal that the body is searching for more trace minerals. As health-conscious consumers, we need to educate ourselves on the best sources of nutrient rich, non-toxic food with which we can nourish our bodies – foods that haven’t been tampered with or altered with genetic modification. Sea vegetables are fast becoming known as one of the most nutritionally packed foods. Let’s look at what they have to offer:

The Benefits of Eating Seaweed:

  • The richest source of minerals in the vegetable kingdom
  • An excellent source of magnesium, iron, sodium and calcium
  • An excellent source of vitamins A, B1, C, E and K.
  • A wild food, and completely organic
  • Contains a wide variety of concentrated protein and healthy carbohydrates
  • An excellent source of iodine
  • Balance the body’s pH with its alkaline-forming effect
  • Low in fat and calories
  • High in glyconutrients

Health Benefits Of Seaweed

  • Supports healthy thyroid function

    Low thyroid function is often related to the lack of iodine. Seaweed is the richest source of iodine. Seaweed can help to regulate proper thyroid function.

  • Source of calcium

    1 teaspoon of seaweed mixed in a glass of water contains far more calcium than a glass of milk.

  • Protects against birth defects and cardiovascular disease

    Ocean vegetables contain folic acid, which is important for the prevention of birth defects and spina bifida. Folic acid is also known to break down homocysteine, which helps to reduce high blood pressure and protect against heart disease.

  • Anti-inflammatory

    High magnesium levels present in seaweed act as a natural relaxant and anti-inflammatory.

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