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Seaweed the Super food health benefits #sirnaturalhealthinfo

January 7, 2014

Perhaps you are looking for something new to eat. One of the most amazing things about food is that they are found in all shapes and sizes. And oftentimes, it’s all about trying to discover more of them. One of the best foods you can try out today is seaweed. A staple food in places such as Japan, seaweed has different properties that make it a great eat.

This article will provide you with everything you need to know about eating seaweed

Seaweed for food explained

There are all kinds of seaweed that can be consumed as food. All of them are harvested from the sea floor and are usually dried to be made ready for consumption. The most popular form of edible seaweed is called nori. Derived from red Japanese seaweed, it gets its trademark black/green color from drying. But other types of seaweed, such as kelp, are also consumed as food.

The consumption of seaweed worldwide

You may first associate the consumption of seaweed with Japan. Not only is this popularly used as an ingredient for local dishes such as sushi, but it can also be eaten like chips. But other countries, such as Korea, also consider seaweed as a staple food. In fact, in Korea, it is even served as a traditional dish. Not only is it served during birthdays, but it is also served for women who just gave birth. This is due to the belief that seaweed has rejuvenating properties.

The health benefits of seaweed explained

At first, you may think that the health benefits of seaweed are only superstitious beliefs and have no solid scientific basis. But as various researches would later prove, this product actually has legitimate health benefits. Scientific research has revealed that seaweed actually contains a high amount of nutrients that help in preventing diseases. Not only are is it found to be rich in protein, but it’s also renowned for its ability to reduce blood pressure.

Benefits of Seaweeds

  • Blood Purifying: The chemical composition of seaweeds is so close to human blood plasma, that they are excellent at regulating and purifying our blood.
  • High in Calcium: They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and 8 times as much as beef.
  • Alkalizing:They help to alkalize our blood, neutralizing the over-acidic effects of our modern diet.
  • Have Powerful Chelating Properties: They offer protection from a wide array of environmental toxins, including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products, by converting them to harmless salts that the body can eliminate easily.
  • Contain Anti-oxidants: Seaweeds contain lignans (naturally occurring chemical compounds) which have anti cancer properties.
  • Detoxifying: They are rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes some seaweeds green) which is a powerful, natural detoxifier that helps to draw out waste products.
  • Boost Weight loss: Seaweeds play a role in boosting weight loss and deterring cellulite build-up. Their naturally high concentration of iodine, helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism. At the same time, its’ minerals act like electrolytes to break the chemical bonds that seal the fat cells, allowing trapped wastes to escape.

Ways to consume seaweed

There are different ways to eat seaweed, and virtually all of them allow you to savor its unique taste and health benefits. It is usually prepared by boiling raw seaweed in water containing salt, pepper and olive oil. It can also be used as a wrap for dishes such as sushi. Other preparations include dried strips that resemble chips and noodles. It has a unique flavor, though some might need to get used to its somewhat salty taste.

Where to buy seaweed

One great thing about this product is that it not only contains a lot of nutrients but also involves minimal processing. This makes seaweed a uniquely healthy product. The best place to buy them is at Asian markets and specialty sections at your local supermarket.

Seaweeds That You Can Enjoy Everyday

Nori

Nori is best known as the seaweed used to make sushi rolls. You can make your own at home, but make sure you use the untoasted nori sheets for maximum nutrient content.

Kelp

Kelp, also known as brown algae, is the most common seaweed found along the ocean shores. Due to its thick leaves it is perfect for a hot seaweed bath. It is also available in supplement form.

Dulse

Dulse is a red seaweed and can be bought either whole or as flakes. Dulse sold as flakes does not need to be soaked and can be added straight to any meal. Whole dulse is better soaked, drained of water, and sliced before adding to your dish. It is great to use as seasoning on salads, vegetables and soups.

Arame

Arame is a ‘black’ stringy looking seaweed. It needs to be soaked for a few minutes before it is added to cooking, where it will double in size.  It can be added to any grain dishes, stir fries, soups, salads and curries.

Wakame

A deep green seaweed, wakame is sold fresh or dehydrated. It tastes best when hydrated in water for a few minutes before being used. Sprinkle in soups, stocks, stews, stir fries or savory dishes.

Kombu

Used in Japan for centuries as a mineral rich flavour enhancer. Add a strip of kombu when cooking beans to make them more digestible and to reduce gas. Add a strip of kombu to your sprouts when soaking them to allow them to soak up the minerals.

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