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Understanding Seaweeds Full Nutritional Value: Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Carbohydrates & Fat

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Seaweeds are the most ancient plants on earth, and among the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. The chemistry & physiology of seaweeds (essentially sea vegetables), is very different to that of land plants. Seaweeds absorb all the minerals and nutrients in seawater and are able to concentrate the basic elements which are the building blocks of the human body. Seaweeds contain all five essential nutrients of a good diet – vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, protein & fat.

Seaweed’s Vitamins and Minerals

Compared to land vegetables, sea vegetables have 10 to 20 times more usable minerals, concentrated calcium & iron, and possess the ideal ratio of potassium to sodium.They are also rich in vitamins, contain all minerals and trace elements identified as health requirements and contain other nutrients, many of which are known to offer protection from radiation or chemical pollutants. (The amount of individual minerals & essential elements varies according to the specific seaweed, but they are naturally presented in balanced proportions for easy assimilation by the body).

They are the richest foods in natural organic iodine with a high bio-availability, which boosts metabolism, regulates weight, and stimulates cellular activity (this in turn burns fats and eliminates toxins).

Seaweeds offer one of the very few plant based sources of Vitamin B12 so provide excellent nutritional support for vegans and vegetarians especially who avoid animal protein.

Seaweed’s Protein

Proteins in seaweed are offered in a simple form which is easy for human bodies to assimilate.  This protein is also low in calories and fat, alkaline, contains no cholesterol.

Seaweed’s Carbohydrates

Seaweeds also contain exceptional saccharides in the form of glyconutrients ( for example in Agar & carrageenan) & complex sugars (like Mannitol).  Seaweed carbohydrates are slow releasing sugars in the form of fibers, supplying plenty of energy with few calories. The fibers in seaweed come in soluble & insoluble forms, and both are able to bind water, or mineral cations, and may be used by colonic microflora, as fermentable substrate, to provide prebiotic benefits & facilitate the binding, lubrication & evacuation of toxins.

Seaweed’s Fatty Acids

Ocean vegetables contain fatty acids with a favourable ratio of Omega-3, anti-oxidants & phyto nutrients.

More nutritional benefits offered by seaweeds

  • seaweeds are generally low in sodium and therefore do not have an adverse effect on blood pressure. The alginates they contain actually help balance salts in the body by eliminating excess sodium & environmental toxins.
  • seaweeds contain phytohormones & sterols; with almost no calories.
  • Being one of the most alkaline foods one can eat, seaweeds support the neutralisation of acidity in the body

One does not have to eat great quantities of seaweed in order to enjoy the health benefits they offer. Seaweeds offer a positive alternative to the current trend of consuming a daily handful of expensive vitamins and mineral supplements.

Ensure you buy good quality seaweeds which have been dried naturally (so they retain their vitamins and natural enzymes), tested for contaminants and harvested ethically and sustainably.  

Sources:
Nutritional Value of Edible seaweeds

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.

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