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 which are critical for balance & optimum functioning.
They concentrate all the basic elements that are the building blocks of the human body. 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. The body possesses many self-regulatory mechanisms involved in maintaining its optimum performance. Lifestyle, depleted foods & exposure to toxins can affect their functioning which leads to imbalances that affect our overall health.
Source: Nutritional Value of Edible Seaweed
Seaweeds balance the body & mind by providing nutrients that:
Support the Endocrine System
Seaweed high in iodine are considered to be thyroid modulators and gland balancers because they aid in regulating metabolism. The body needs sufficient iodine for a healthy metabolism. The highest concentration of iodine is in the thyroid gland but is also critical to metabolic functions in many areas of the body: glandular health, immune function, brain health & ovarian health. Without enough iodine, the thyroid eventually produces inadequate amounts of hormones, which affect the entire metabolism and energy levels. In order to convert & utilise the iodine properly the body needs many other minerals also present in abundance in seaweed.
Source: Iodine & Metabolism
Sustain a well-populated Microbiata
The prebiotic fibre in seaweed has been shown to successfully go through the digestive tract and selectively nourish the good gut flora.
Source: Seaweed & Effects on Gut Function & Microbiata
Alkaline/acidic balance is critical to remain healthy. An acidic body is more vulnerable to disease, infections & damage. The acidic condition strains the body and compels it to borrow minerals from the bones & organs in an attempt to neutralise the acid & remove it safely. Ideally, food intake should be balanced the following way: 75% alkaline and 25% acidic. Seaweed is one of the most alkaline food and is a beneficial addition to our often too acidic western diet.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Brown seaweeds rich in Fucoidan have been found to stabilise blood sugar levels, prevent insulin over-response and promote healing. It is said that fucoidan is slowing the infusion of glucose into the bloodstream from the intestines. Seaweed also supplies the mineral chromium, essential for glucose utilisation.
Source: Seaweed & Blood Glucose
Absorbs & Reduce Cholesterol -
Seaweed has been useful in sustaining lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the body. This helps in maintaining a healthy heart, smooth circulation in the blood vessels, and prevents fatal conditions like heart failure, atherosclerosis, and peripheral artery ailments. It is said that seaweed promotes lipid metabolism in the liver, resulting in lower cholesterol levels, and it strengthens weak and diseased blood cells and help dissolve plaque build up in arteries - culprits in heart disease.
Sources: Blood Cholesterol & Carrageenan and Seaweed Fibers & Cholesterol Metabolism
Balances Blood Pressure
Kelp/kombu has long been used as a blood pressure lowering agent in Japanese botanical medicine. Research confirms that kombu infusion are the most effective at balancing blood pressure. It is thought that the balance of potassium & chloride - both found in seaweed - that leads in improvement of blood pressure readings, without any negative side effects. Bladderwrack has also historically been used to manage blood pressure naturally.
Source: Seaweed Peptides effects on Blood Pressure and Seaweed intake & Blood Pressure Levels - Japanese children
Stress has been recognised as a critical factor in imbalances of the body functions.
Seaweed is a great source of magnesium and potassium which protect blood vessels and fight the effect of stress.
Source: Seaweed and Human Health
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