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”

Health Benefits of Seaweeds or Kelp

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  • February 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    thanks for share!


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