Seaweeds are the most ancient plants on earth, and among the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They concentrate all the basic elements (the building blocks of the human body) which are critical for balance & optimum functioning.
It’s well known that seaweeds are the richest source of natural organic iodine and consequently can help to boost metabolism, regulate weight, and stimulate cellular activity, which in turn burns fats and eliminates toxins. But seaweeds also contain an impressive array of other vitamins and minerals which stimulate the body’s natural defenses.
Adding seaweed to your diet brings a number of health benefits which balance the body and mind in the following ways:
Support the endocrine system
Seaweeds have a high concentration of bio-available iodine so are considered to be thyroid modulators and gland balancers as the thyroid regulates metabolism. Iodine is also critical to metabolic functions in many areas of the body and can impact glandular health, immune function, brain health & ovarian health. Without enough iodine, the thyroid eventually produces inadequate amounts of hormones, which affect the entire metabolism and energy levels in a body. In order to convert & utilise the iodine properly, the body needs many other minerals, which are also abundant in seaweed. Source: Iodine & Metabolism
Sustain a well-populated Microbiata
The prebiotic fibre in seaweed has been shown to successfully go through the digestive tract and selectively nourish the good gut flora.
Source: Seaweed & Effects on Gut Function & Microbiata
Balance PH Levels
Alkaline/acidic balance is critical to remain healthy. An acidic body is more vulnerable to disease, infections & damage. An acidic condition strains the body and compels it to borrow minerals from the bones & organs in an attempt to neutralise the acid & remove it safely. Ideally, food intake should be balanced the following way: 75% alkaline and 25% acidic. Seaweed is one of the most alkaline foods, and therefore a wonderful addition to balance and acidic western diet.
Regulate Blood Sugar
Brown seaweeds rich in Fucoidan have been found to stabilise blood sugar levels, prevent insulin over-response and promote healing. It is said that fucoidan slows the infusion of glucose into the bloodstream from the intestines. Seaweed also supplies the mineral chromium, essential for glucose utilisation. Source: Seaweed & Blood Glucose
Absorb & Reduce Cholesterol
Seaweed can be useful to sustain lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the body. This in turn helps to maintain a healthy heart, smooth circulation in the blood vessels, and prevents fatal conditions like heart failure, atherosclerosis, and peripheral artery ailments. It is said that seaweed promotes lipid metabolism in the liver (resulting in lower cholesterol levels), strengthens weak and diseased blood cells and helps dissolve plaque build up in arteries – culprits in heart disease.
Sources: Blood Cholesterol & Carrageenan and Seaweed Fibers & Cholesterol Metabolism
Balance Blood Pressure
Kelp/kombu has long been used as a blood pressure lowering agent in Japanese botanical medicine. Research confirms that kombu infusions are effective at balancing blood pressure – the balance of potassium & chloride (both found in seaweeds) can leads to improved blood pressure readings, without any negative side effects. Bladderwrack has also historically been used to manage blood pressure naturally.
Source: Seaweed Peptides effects on Blood Pressure and Seaweed intake & Blood Pressure Levels – Japanese children
Stress has been recognised as a contributing factor to imbalances of body functions. Seaweed is a great source of magnesium and potassium which protects blood vessels and fights the effects of stress.
Source: Seaweed and Human Health
Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and may not include the latest research. We encourage you to do your own research and discuss your findings with a qualified health practitioner who can help you validate the outcomes in the context of your specific & individual health situation.