Although they’re not commonly found on dinner tables here in the U.S.A. edible plants from the sea are positively brimming with good-for-you nutrients and they probably should be.
In fact, seaweeds are some of the most densely packed antioxidant foods on the planet containing generous amounts of..
- vitamin A,
- vitamin B1,
- vitamin C
- vitamin E, and
That makes seaweed a great immune building and anti-aging food.
Seaweed is a member of the algae family and although we typically think of them as being green they actually come in three different varieties: brown, red and green.
Seaweed may help ward off inflammation and cancer
The seaplant’s magnesium content can help reverse inflammation and many experts believe their lignan content can play an important roll in warding off cancer.
They’ve been used to fight memory loss, help in recovering from a stroke and even been called on to help drive off hay fever.
Seaweed’s greatest contribution to nutrition, however, is probably its iodine content. Iodine isn’t found in almost any other foods. And yet our bodies require it to maintain a healthy thyroid.
Low iodine levels could lead to fatigue, memory loss and more
You’re probably already aware that your thyroid plays a critical role in producing and maintaining your hormones. When your thyroid doesn’t get enough iodine and can’t do it’ job effectively you can end up with weakened muscles, fatigue, high cholesterol, heart palpitations, memory loss and swelling of the thyroid gland which is located in your neck.
For most Americans their primary source of iodine comes from salt, which manufacturers began adding iodine to in the 1920s. But many of us still are in danger of not getting enough iodine, and that’s where adding a little seaweed to your diet can help.
The seaweed that Joput, the kitty in the video below, is chowing down on is likely Nori, a seaweed that’s commonly used as a wrap for sushi rolls.
Nori is rich in iodine, iron, calcium and protein and apparently–according to Joput anyway–it makes a great snack too.