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BROWN SEAWEEDS – Nutritional Benefits & Quick Applications

Brown seaweeds, known for their iodine content, include the largest sea plants, some of them part of large under-water forests. There are about 160 species in New Zealand. Although grouped as ‘brown’, their colour may vary. The most popular edible brown species are: Kelp / Kombu, Wakame, Sea Spaghetti & Bladderwrack.

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE OF BROWN SEAWEEDS

In addition to their iodine content, they contain other substances that may be critical to solving degenerative diseases, including alginates (detox radiations & heavy metals), fucoidan (cancer & infections), laminarin (cardio-vascular health) & lignans (oestrogen related illnesses). Brown seaweeds naturally contain a high concentration of minerals & trace elements, especially calcium, magnesium, potassium & zinc. They also contain Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids in a favourable ratio (1/2).

KEY HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROWN SEAWEEDS

  1. Nourish thyroid gland & brain
  2. Balance hormones
  3. Improve metabolism & facilitate weight loss
  4. Remove radioactivity, heavy metals & environmental toxins from the body
  5. Natural inhibitor for cancer cell growth
  6. Soothing to the skin and the digestive tract
  7. Key to bone & joint health

HOW TO INCLUDE BROWN SEAWEEDS INTO YOUR DIET

  • Eat miso soup with Wakame regularly. It is strengthening & nourishing
  • Use Sea Spaghetti instead of noodles in soups or as an ingredient in winter salads
  • Sprinkle Kelp instead of salt on food; it tastes salty & provides a better balance of minerals
  • Use Kombu when cooking beans & pulses; it aids digestion & reduces cooking time
  • Make seaweed stock with Kombu: it is quick, easy, healthy & delicious
  • Visit our recipe section for an extensive collection of easy-to-make meals

Brown seaweeds are being studied for the positive role they may play in preventing & treating many degenerative diseases that are more prevalent in the West. The compound 'Fucoxanthin' which gives the olive-brown colour to the seaweeds in this group is being researched for its therapeutic effects on weight management, diabetes and cancer.

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 should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific & individual needs & requirements.

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