For thousands of years, seaweeds or sea vegetables have been widely eaten by our forefathers for their optimum nutrition. Perhaps, seaweeds was our ancestor’s secret why they were healthy and lived longer.
Edible seaweeds are loaded with essential nutrients that are beneficial for human health.
These sea vegetables are known to have a high iodine content, an important mineral which produes thyroxine (T3) and triiodothyronine (T4), hormones which regulate the metabolism of the cells in the body.
They are good sources of vitamin K. Result of a research shows that an adequate supply of vitamin K in the body helps prevent bone fractures.
Seaweeds contain folate, a mineral which helps reduce heart disease by preventing the build-up of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood that is linked to coronary heart disease and stroke. Another essential amino acid, tryptophan, that is found in seaweeds can also help a person sleep better.
They also contain magnesium, another mineral that helps relax the nerves and muscles of the body.
As it is a good source of iron, seaweeds helps prevent anemia. If a person is suffering from anemia, he does not have enough iron and his blood does not carry enough oxygen from the lungs to the different parts of his body. Iron is needed by the body to make hemoglobin, a protein that gives red color to the blood.
Seaweeds are rich in phytoestrogen called lignans. Several studies say that lignans helps prevent breast and colon cancers.
Polysaccharides are found in seaweeds. They are necessary in the prevention of degenerative diseases including cardiovascular and diabetes 2. They have been found to increase the amount of feel-good chemicals in the brain, improve liver function, and stabilized blood sugar.
It’s no wonder then why seaweeds are called ancient super food that should always be given a place in our dining table.#