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Kombu & Kelp – What’s the Difference?

Kombu is the Japanese word for dried sea kelp. In China it is called Haidai. Kombu/Kelp/Haidai, are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera* around the world (see Laminariales for more information). Kelps grow in underwater “forests”  in shallow oceans. They require nutrient-rich water with […]

Why Eat Kelp?

Ecklonia radiata kelp, also called North Island Kelp Kelp is the regarded as the best natural source of iodine available and generally, a positive substitute for salt. Kelp contains less sodium than salt, yet tastes salty and also provides additional minerals required by the human body. Kombu is the Japanese name for kelp. In Japan, […]

Why Iodine is Critical To Our Health

Iodine is regarded as one of the most important trace minerals for human health and it plays a vital biochemical function in the regulation of hormone levels in the body.  Iodine is essential in the bio-synthesis of the hormone thyroxine, also known as the thyroid hormone, which regulates metabolism. Why We Need Iodine The World Health Organisation […]

The Amazing Nutritional Value of Dulse Seaweed

Dulse has remarkable nutritional benefits, which have been enjoyed for centuries in Europe and off the East Coast of North America. Dulse is to the Irish, what Nori is to the Japanese – a key pantry staple. Its scientific name ‘Palmaria’ refers to its fan-like shape. Dulse is usually harvested from late spring to mid-autumn, […]

How Are Seaweeds Different to Land Plants?

The Underwater World of Seaweeds Seaweeds grown in a different world to land plans and have a unique physiology & chemistry from that of land plants in order to cope with their environment.  Seaweeds are essentially multi-organism algae, sometimes referred to as macro algae.  Seaweeds are the most ancient plants on earth,and many scientists claim […]

Brown Seaweeds – All You Need to Know

All seaweeds can broadly be divided into three groups – red, green and brown. Just as we know we should eat a variety of land vegetable colours, so should we eat a variety of seaweed colours for optimal health. Brown seaweeds are known for their high iodine content.  This group includes some of the largest […]

Seaweeds – What Are They?

Seaweed are the most ancient plants on earth and are at the base of the food chain. They have an amazing impact on all life on earth, including us humans.

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