0
en
US
X
× SuperSmart Learn by health topic New articles Popular articles Visit our shop My account Smart Prescription Blog Loyalty scheme Language: English
Tiredness and Lack of energy Advice

10 good reasons to add seaweed to your diet

Our prehistoric ancestors ate seaweed – and they were absolutely right to do so, as it contains undisputed nutritional benefits...
10 good reasons to add seaweed to your diet
Rédaction Supersmart.
2017-01-06Comments (0)

Seaweed is high in protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient (along with carbohydrates and fat), as it plays a structural role in the body (participating in muscle cell production, for example) and is involved in digestive and immune system metabolism; it is also the body’s only source of nitrogen. Seaweed is generally high in protein (though content varies depending on the variety, red seaweed being the richest), making this food a valuable additional source of this essential nutrient. Red seaweed, for example, contains more protein than soya even though the latter is usually regarded as the no. 1 plant protein.

Seaweed is packed with fibre

Seaweed is particularly high in fibre, especially soluble fibre. An average 8 gram portion of seaweed covers up to one-eighth of our daily requirements for fibre. Dried seaweed is even better - up to 50% of its weight consists of fibre. Why is this an advantage? Because fibre affects satiety and therefore helps control weight (by regulating appetite), accelerates food transit, lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol and prevents cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes … According to a study published in 2000 in the journal Nutrition Research the fibre in seaweed may be more effective at controlling diabetes and cholesterol than that from other dietary sources.

Seaweed helps keep you trim

Because it’s high in fibre, but very low in calories (around 40-45 per 100g on average) and low in fat, seaweed is a valuable aid to those watching their figures. It expands in the stomach and thus has a hunger-suppressing effect. Another benefit is its gelling properties. For example, as a substitute for gelatin, agar-agar helps produce ultra-light and tasty products (vegetable mousses, fruit jellies …) provided the right dose (4g per litre) is used. And seaweed’s slimming benefits are used in some dietary supplements (Fat & Carb Blocker), designed to aid weight loss.

Seaweed boosts immunity

This is particularly so with brown seaweed because it contains fucoidan. A large number of studies conducted across the globe over several years suggest this polysaccharide may boost the immune system.

Seaweed may prevent some forms of cancer (according to some scientific studies)

Research conducted on rats suggests seaweed may have a protective effect against some types of cancer, particularly hormone-dependent forms such as breast or prostate cancer. Now human studies are needed to confirm these highly promising findings. Another study from 2010 showed that the plant sugar compound fucoidan present in brown seaweed may improve the efficacy of chemotherapy.

Seaweed is chock-full of vitamins

In general, seaweed is packed with vitamins, particularly A, B2, B9 (folic acid), B12 and K. The dulse and nori varieties have the highest vitamin content (except for vitamin K).

Seaweed is generally rich in antioxidants

Seaweed contains carotenoids, vitamins, flavonoids, tannins … So many compounds with proven antioxidant benefits. However, these antioxidant properties vary according to the type of seaweed (colour or depth of colour plays a role), but the absolute ‘must-have’ variety is Ecklonia cava, a brown seaweed highly-prized in Japan and Korea, and the no. 1 choice for antioxidant power.

It’s simple to cook with seaweed

Seaweed is available in two forms: dried or fresh. When dried whole, it needs to be rehydrated (for 5-40 minutes depending on the variety) in a little warm water before use. It can then be easily incorporated into soups, salads, pasta or rice … In dry powder form, it can be sprinkled over salads or added to dishes. If using fresh seaweed, it should be rinsed thoroughly before use. It can then be eaten in salads or cooked al dente or until tender, according to preference. You can then add it to whatever recipe you choose.

There is a wide variety of edible seaweed

Most of us are aware of the nori and wakame types of seaweed which feature prominently in Asian cuisine (nori is used to make maki sushi). But there are many other varieties of edible seaweed available, including here in Europe. Dulse, kombu, sea lettuce, kelp, hijiki, sea spaghetti, spirulina and agar-agar are all types of seaweed that can be consumed either as food or as dietary supplements (to benefit directly from their health properties).

Seaweed is good for the heart

Danish scientist Ole G. Mouritsen maintains that consuming 5-10g of seaweed a day may significantly lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Why? Because it is high in fibre and antioxidants which reduce levels of the ‘bad’ form of cholesterol.

SharePinterest

Comments

You must be connected to your account to leave a comment
Be the first to review this article
Our selection of articles
Bananas, spices and other potassium-rich foods
A lack of potassium: how to recognise and prevent it

Potassium is an essential mineral, involved in nervous system and muscle function ... Suffice to say that a lack of potassium can quickly become a real risk to health. Here’s how to identify and correct such deficiency.

Doctor examining an anaemic woman lacking in iron
When should you take an iron supplement?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two billion people across the world suffer from anaemia, which means they’re deficient in iron. But when and why should you start taking iron supplements? Here we provide some possible answers.

Anaemic woman in a shop checking a food product’s nutritional content
What are the most common nutritional deficiencies?

In developed countries, the nutrients most often lacking in the diet are calcium, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B12. Discover how such deficiencies can be easily addressed.

Selection of food highly concentrated in antioxidants
An antioxidant for everyone. Which one is best for you?

Metals rust, fruit and vegetables wilt, fats go rancid … the human body is by no means the only victim of oxidation, the process that leads to irreversible cell damage and which is associated with around 100 diseases - cancer and cardiovascular problems topping the list. In humans, it has a major but largely unknown origin: the vital conversion of oxygen into water.

Liver, beans and avocados are all good sources of folic acid
The many benefits of vitamin B9, or folic acid

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid or folate, plays a key role in health, especially during pregnancy. Discover its benefits and in which foods it’s found.

Marc Simoncini talks about the benefits of vitamins against cancer
Leading entrepreneur reveals abuses of pharmaceutical industry

In a video that’s gone viral, entrepreneur Marc Simoncini recounts his chilling conversation with a laboratory chief. A clip which exposes the dark side of the pharmaceutical industry.

Products which must be of interest

New
Daily 3®Daily 3®

The most complete multivitamin supplement you can take in a single capsule

49.00 €(57.10 US$)
+
Daily 6®Daily 6®

Contains 55 ingredients! An exceptionally broad spectrum multi-nutrient for optimal health.

89.00 €(103.71 US$)
+
Daily 2® Timed ReleaseDaily 2® Timed Release

Multivitamin formulation with sustained release

38.00 €(44.28 US$)
+
Liposomal Vitamin C 335 mgLiposomal Vitamin C 335 mg

Highly-bioavailable form of vitamin C

45.00 €(52.44 US$)
+
Magnesium Orotate 500 mgMagnesium Orotate 500 mg

Highly-bioavailable form of magnesium

34.00 €(39.62 US$)
+
Methylcobalamine 1 mgMethylcobalamine 1 mg

The most active form of vitamin B12, used primarily to regenerate neurons.

19.00 €(22.14 US$)
+
New
Adaptogenic PotionAdaptogenic Potion

Ayurvedic potion to boost immunity and relieve stress

34.00 €(39.62 US$)
+
Annatto Tocotrienols 50 mgAnnatto Tocotrienols 50 mg

Beneficial for cardiovascular health. 90% delta-tocotrienols, the most biologically active form of vitamin E.

34.00 €(39.62 US$)
+
© 1997-2020 Supersmart.com® - All rights reserved
© 1997-2020 Supersmart.com®
All rights reserved
Nortonx
secure
Warning
ok