Most people consider seaweed to be an ocean plant but nothing could be further from the truth. Seaweed has a vast spectrum of health benefits and is basically a whole food nutrient with huge nutritional benefits. In studies seaweed has been shown to help ward off cancers, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help thin the blood, kill bacteria and cure ulcers. Seaweed has the largest concentration of minerals of any food. The minerals found in seaweed are also found in the blood, such as calcium, iron, iodine, potassium and magnesium. These minerals help boost energy, protect blood vessels and bones and help strengthen the immune system.
Scientists have reported that seaweed is helpful in adding fiber to our diet. Adding alginate (a seaweed extract) to a high fat and calorie diets can make the meal healthier. Simply adding alginate to your diet, researchers report could be a new weapon in the fight against obesity, heart disease and diabetes. This extract is odorless and tasteless and can be added to fatty foods without sacrificing taste. Medical studies have shown that the people who use seaweed in their diet have fewer health problems and live longer. You can pick up seaweed in most health food stores and some grocery stores, mostly in a dried form. If you don’t like the distinctive taste of seaweed it also comes in supplement form. Seaweed is becoming increasingly popular due to its health benefits so head to your health food store or health food section of grocery store and pick up some seaweed nature’s super food.