Seaweed or Kelp also called a “miracle plant” is a green marine plant that is used to enhance the flavor of many dishes. In Japan, for example, seaweed makes up 25% of all food in the diet. Today, seaweed is also a popular ingredient in some skincare and weightloss products.
Health Benefits of Seaweed or Kelp:
- Seaweeds correct mineral deficiencies. Sprinkling a little dried seaweeds or kelp on your food (about a teaspoonful twice a day) will provide both salt and vital trace minerals.
- Seaweeds are good source of protein and iron which is important for blood cell function.
- Seaweeds were reported to aid in brain development.
- Seaweeds helps to detoxify the body.
- Seaweeds helps to increase metabolism.
- Seaweeds may help in controlling obesity because it dissolves fatty wastes through the skin.
- Seaweeds bath helps maintain hormone balance for a more youthful body.
- Seaweeds are a rich source of iodine. The thyroid gland needs iodine to make the hormones that regulate body metabolism and regulate many other bodily functions.
- Seaweeds have a higher proportion of essential fatty acids than land plants.
- Seaweeds have high fiber content, making up 32% to 50% of dry matter. Soluble fibers have beneficial effects on the digestive system, cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels.
- Seaweeds are good source of calcium; for example, an 8g portion of dried kombu provides much more calcium than a cup of milk.
- Brown seaweeds (kombu or wakame) contains polysaccharides called fucoidans. Fucoidan is said to possess remarkable bio-defense qualities, which may inhibit the growth of certain tumors.
- Seaweeds can assists in maintaining the acid/alkaline balance in blood, lymph and cells.
- Seaweeds most dramatic use is its ability to neutralize heavy metal pollution and radiation in the body.
- Seaweeds contain large amount of lignans, plant compounds which act as a weak estrogen and along with magnesium may help restore normal sleep patterns and reduce hot flushes.
Nutrient Content of Seaweeds: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 2 I.U.
- Niacin: 5.7 mg.
- Calcium: 1,093 mg.
- Iron: 100 mg.
- Phosphorus: 240 gm.
- Fat: 1.1 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 40.2 gm.
- Protein: 7.5 gm
Nutrient Content of Nori or Laver : Per ½ cup serving
- Vitamin A: 5,200 I.U.
- Iron: 2mg
- This type, however, contains smaller amounts of magnesium and calcium than kelp does.
- Protein: 6g
- Calories: 40
Side Effects of Seaweeds: Some seaweeds supplements can cause health problems. High doses of kelp tablets can set off an outbreak of acne. The high iodine content can cause thyroid disorders; varieties containing iron can provoke iron overload.
“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @22:18”