Sea Vegetables: A Universal Food

Seaweed, sea vegetables or sea greens are a universal type of food. Not only humans and the big animals but also the smaller ones including fish, insects, trees , plants and soil can benefit from sea vegetables.

Minerals such as iron and copper are present in seaweeds at higher levels than in many well known food sources of minerals, such as meats and spinach.

A Low Calorie Food Source

Sea Vegetables are a low calorie food source. Ocean Seaweed and Algae are the richest natural source of minerals and trace minerals. Important minerals, such as calcium, accumulate in seaweeds at much higher levels than in terrestrial food-stuffs. Their are many different types with different benefits but most contain: 

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Folic acid.
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Phytochemicals as carotenoids
  • Rich in Fiber and natural polysaccharides

This unique mixture of vitamins, minerals/trace elements, antioxidants and phytonutrients is not common in land plants.

Edible seaweed plants have been used in many countries for food for thousands of years. Seaweeds are classified taxonomically as algae and they represent a food group that is not normally ingested in unprocessed form to any great extent in Western societies. Seaweeds are macroalgae and can be separated into the following four different classification groups: brown algae (phaeophyta), red algae (rhodophyta), green algae (chlorophyta), and blue-green algae (cyanophyta)

Marine Plants and Algae with the reputation for:

  • Enhancing Health
  • Boosting Immunity
  • The ability to detoxify

Scientists have discovered that Seaweed’s defend themselves against specific pathogens (Ill making bacteria/micro-organism) with natural antibiotics. Due to their having to live in polluted waters and as result being in permanent contact with these potentially dangerous microbes. As a result, they developed a unique defence to fight disease.

Edible seaweeds have been shown to be high in essential vitamins and minerals, at levels that would augment a balanced diet if consumed regularly. Specifically, trace elements and minerals are abundant in seaweeds.The strong tastes associated with seaweeds are allied with the many beneficial micronutrients they contain. Cooking or washing processes may remove many of these tastes, and the culinary use of seaweeds in Asia can be studied for examples of this.

Seaweed Aids Detox

Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the Western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body. Radioactive waste can find its way into the body through some medical tests or through food that has been grown where water or soil is contaminated. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body.

How About a Sea Vegetable Slaw?

  • 1 handful of Hijiki Dried Seaweed, soaked and drained
  • 1 handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 handful of chopped scallions
  • 4 cups of shredded cabbage
  • Vegetable seasonings, or herbs to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and serve.

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