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If you can’t picture yourself eating seaweed, just hold on a second. Maybe it is worth a try. Just a little teensy weensy bite.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
I know it’s a long way from your typical foods that might spring to mind when you are planning your next meal, but it’s worth it! There are benefits of eating seaweed, a whole lot of them. In fact, there are enough benefits of eating seaweed, to make it a superfood.
Yup, that’s what it is – a superfood!
Benefits of seaweed
Read on to learn about a number of benefits of eating seaweed which I think will astound you:
1. Seaweed is high in nutrients & low in calories
Seaweed is very low in calories – a cup contains only about 20 calories and it is loaded with vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
It is a great source of calcium (more than milk or broccoli), iron, folate and magnesium, vitamin A, B-12, C and K and is almost as rich in proteins as legumes.
Seaweed contributes to your daily intake of vegetables, so if you’re going to have vegetables anyway, why not go for the SUPER-Vegetables.
Skin and hair benefits: The high nutrient content of seaweed will give you lustrous hair and a glowing complexion.
2. Seaweed may improve your heart health
In animals, it has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. The Okinawans, one of the longest living people on earth, are great examples of this effect.
Blood Purifying effect: The chemical composition of seaweed is so close to human blood plasma that it is excellent at regulating and purifying your blood.
Alkalizing effect: seaweed helps to alkalize your blood, neutralizing the over-acidic effects of our modern diet.
Strong Detoxifying properties: It is rich in chlorophyll which is a powerful, natural detoxifier that helps to draw out environmental toxins, including heavy metals, cadmium and lead (in cigarette smoke), pollutants and radiation by-products (strontium), by converting them to harmless salts that the body can easily eliminate.
3. Seaweed may help regulate hormones:
Seaweed is very high in lignans.
These are converted to phytoestrogens in the body, which help to regulate estrogen and estradiol levels, thereby aiding proper development and function of sexual organs, improving female fertility and PMS and reducing risk for breast cancer.
4. Seaweed decreases inflammation:
Seaweed is rich in antioxidants which help decrease inflammation in its various forms, including, arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, depression, and obesity.
5. Seaweed is great for digestive health due to:
– Alginate, a substance in brown seaweed, can strengthen gut mucosa and slow down digestion to make food release its energy more slowly, making it a low-Glycemic index food.
– Seaweed increases the good bacteria in the gut.
– The enzymes seaweed contains help pre-digest pulses which in turn reduces gases.
6. Seaweed is excellent for weight loss:
If you’re looking to lose weight, Seaweed may reduce fat absorption and digestion by up to 75%. Its high fiber content also helps you to feel full faster and prevents overeating.
It has a cholesterol-lowering effect. Seaweed is also naturally high in iodine, which helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism.
7. Seaweed helps decrease cellulite:
It has a pigment, fucoxanthin which helps break the chemical bonds that seal the fat cells, allowing trapped wastes to escape and the fat cells to be metabolized for energy.
8. Seaweed helps treat osteoarthritis:
Seaweed supplements have been used in treatment plans for osteoarthritis due to their calcium content.
9. Seaweed is used in Chinese medicine:
To reduce phlegm and soften hardness, promote urination and reduce swelling. It has even been used as a hangover cure.
Have you heard enough?
The benefits of eating seaweed are enormous! Your health deserves these benefits.
You deserve these benefits! It’s ok if you don’t like the first recipe you try, or even the first few. You will find something you like! So don’t waste any more time and go google some tasty seaweed recipes!
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