A Quick Summary of Seaweed
Seaweed has a high protein content and is rich in iodine, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It also contains more vitamin C than an orange.
Every two tablespoons of seaweed contains the following:
Why Seaweed is Good
- Seaweed is great for your digestive health. It is high in fiber and increases the good bacteria in your gut. Alginate, a substance found in seaweed, can strengthen the mucus in your stomach, slows down digestion, and makes food release it’s energy more slowly. Eating seaweed can reduce fat digestion by up to 75%.
- Eating seaweed will improve your heart health. The fibers in seaweed can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids which raise healthy cholesterol levels and lower bad cholesterol levels. Theses fatty acids also work to reduce inflammation in the body.
- Seaweed works to remove heavy metals from the body. The alginate in seaweed binds with heavy metals such as mercury and eliminates them. Seaweed has the ability to turn them into harmless salts.
- Seaweed contains a high amount of minerals–about 10 to 20 times the amount of minerals of any land plant. In addition to plenty of minerals, it also contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. It is one of the few non animal sources of vitamin B12.
- Seaweed can be useful for hormone regulation. It has the ability to regulate estrogen and estradiol levels. These hormones are essential for the sexual organs to function properly and the regulation of them can help reduce the risk of breast cancer and other diseases.
Why Seaweed Might Be Bad
- There are very few arguments against eating seaweed. However, if you’re eating dried seaweed, it does contain a fair amount of sodium. So if you are at risk of developing heart disease or currently have heart disease, dried seaweed is an ill advised snack.
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