Seaweed is naturally rich in vitamins, key nutrients and health-promoting compounds, which is great for functional foods (these are foods which do more for your bodily functions than simply nutrition).
A natural gift
Iodine for good thyroid function (and more besides)
Are you getting your 150 µg of iodine a day? Iodine naturally occurs in seaweed and the European Food Safety Authority authorises a bunch of health benefits from the right levels of iodine intake. These include normal thyroid function, normal metabolism, good cognitive function, normal nervous system function, the maintenance of normal skin, and the normal growth of children.
‘Oxidative stress’ is a key element in various diseases like heart disease. Because of the environment in which seaweed grows, it’s naturally rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants are always on the hunt for nasty free radicals which can cause cell dysfunction and cell death.
Reduced risk of obesity and diabetes
Excess weight can induce insulin resistance which can then lead to type 2 diabetes. Seaweed contains fucoxanthin and alginates which scientists believe help with increased energy expenditure and anti-obesity.
Reduced risk of cancer
For some time the medical community has been looking at alternatives to chemotherapy, which does not always work. Carotenoids – including our old friend fucoxanthin – are naturally present in seaweed and scientists are continuing to study their anticancer properties.
Reduced risk of dementia
Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases happen when an enzyme affects acetycholine levels. Some seaweeds have reduced the production of this damaging enzyme in tests, and research is currently underway on bioactive compounds to explore this further.