Seaweed is high in fibre, and a steady seaweed intake increases the good bacteria in the gut. This has the added benefit of inhibiting the absorption of sugars and cholesterol. As reported by the Guardian (which lists 7 good reasons to eat seaweed), “scientists … have researched alginate, a substance in seaweed, and found that it can strengthen gut mucus (which protects the gut wall), slow down digestion (so you feel fuller for longer) and make food release its energy more slowly.”
It is high in nutrients
Seaweed contains a number of essential things. Canada’s Best Health magazine finds that “seaweed packs super-high amounts of calcium, higher than broccoli, and in terms of protein, it’s almost as rich as legumes. There’s also a good amount of vitamins B-12 and A”. Nutrition data note that wakame in particular is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.
It will help you lose weight healthily
For the diet conscious there is more good news. Seaweed will not make you fat – far from it. Its nutrient packed goodness comes with a low calorie intake. Nutrition data give it five stars for weight loss, confirming that it is “low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol”. Little wonder then that the new slim Jamie Oliver attributed his recent weight loss to seaweed, also calling it ‘the most nutritious vegetable in the world‘.
Seaweed is No. 1 for Iodine
One of seaweed’s greatest benefits is that it is an exceptional source of iodine. Iodine is essential to having a healthy thyroid, a gland which regulates hormones. If you are suffering from high cholesterol, weakness, depression or fatigue, it may be that your thyroid is unhealthy.
According to the global healing centre the natural answer is more iodine in your diet, and the top source is sea vegetables. “The ocean hosts the largest storehouse of iodine foods, including Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame. Kelp has the highest amount of iodine of any food on the planet and just one serving offers 4 times the daily minimum requirement.”
So enjoy tasty eating and good health.