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The Nutritional Value of Nori Seaweed

karengo seaweedEating Nori seaweed provides many rich nutrients which help to balance and nourish our bodies.  Even before it was scientifically measured, various nations used it in their traditional diets to supplement much-needed minerals & vitamins. Recently, it’s been found to have other beneficial effects on health.

Nori seaweed – part of the nori family – provides one of the highest protein levels of all seaweeds.  Nori is also rich in calcium, iodine, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, porphyran, copper, zinc and vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K.

Although nori varieties have long been considered to be an important source of vitamin B12 for vegans, there is controversy about its biological availability to humans. Looking at empirical evidence of B12, the authors of ‘Sea Vegetable Celebration’, Shep Erhart & Leslie Cerier, noted that vegetarians who hadn’t eaten any animal products for 30 years, but had consumed lots of seaweed, never showed symptoms of B12 deficiency.

Nori is often used as a herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. It’s essence and flavour is sweet, salty and cold.  It’s traditionally been used to :

  • inhibit tumours, soften & reduce nodules and fatty cysts
  • lower cholesterol & blood pressure
  • ease painful/difficult urination & urinary infections
  • decrease swelling
  • prompt cardio-vascular health & strengthen circulation
  • protect the liver & prevent gallstones
  • treat bacterial & viral infections
  • prevent hair loss

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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