Discover the natural health benefits of sea vegetables
Sea water and the fluids in a healthy human body contain many of the same minerals in very similar concentrations. It is not surprising that sea vegetables have been treasured throughout centuries for their ability to restore, nourish and strengthen the body.
Seaweeds are the most ancient plants on earth, and among the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They concentrate all the basic elements that are the building blocks of the human body and contain all five essential nutrients of a good diet – vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, protein & fat. Sea vegetables are rich in vitamins, contain all minerals and trace elements identified as health requirements plus they have 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. Compared to land vegetables, sea vegetables have 10 to 20 times more usable minerals, concentrate more calcium & iron, and possess the ideal ratio of potassium to sodium. They are the richest foods in natural organic iodine with a high bio-availability and consequently boost metabolism, regulate weight, and stimulate cellular activity which in turn burns fats and eliminates toxins. They provide an impressive vitamin cocktail which has a general tonic effect on the body and also stimulates natural defences; they are also one of the very few non-animal sources of vitamin B12.
Proteins in seaweed are found in a simple form that is easy to assimilate making it immediately available to the body. This protein is also low in calories and fat, alkaline, fully utilisable and contains no cholesterol. Seaweed carbohydrates are slow releasing sugars in the form of fibres, supplying plenty of energy with few calories. Surprisingly, 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.
Good quality sea vegetables are dried naturally, so that they retain their natural enzymes. Seaweed also contains a wealth of special compounds and anti-oxidants. Being one of the most alkaline foods one can eat, sea vegetables support the neutralisation of acidity in the body which is a fertile ground for disease.
One does not have to eat great quantities of seaweed in order to enjoy the taste and get the health benefits. Sea vegetables are a very positive alternative to the current trend of consuming a daily handful of expensive vitamins and mineral supplements.