19 Sep Superfood Seaweed for Longevity
Slimy, slippery seaweed has been heralded as the new, must-have superfood. Seaweed refers to several species of macroscopic, multicellular, marine algae. The term includes some types of red, brown, and green algae.
Despite its recently trendy, superfood status, seaweed has been used all over the world for thousands of years, but has most notably been a prominent part of Asian diets for the longest period of time, particularly in Japan, Korea and China. In the Indian Ocean seaweed cultivation has become a major coastal industry.
Seaweeds are found throughout the world’s oceans and seas and none is known to be poisonous. There are thought to be over 10,000 species of seaweed, reflecting its immense diversity, both in flavour and nutritional properties. The most popular seaweed species are nori, which is dried in sheets and widely used to make sushi. Other common varieties include dulse, arame, wakame, kelp and spirulina.
Nutritional benefits of Superfood Seaweed
The Japanese have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and one significant, standout dietary habit is their regular consumption of seaweeds. Seaweeds contain a molecule known as fucoidans, which are believed to be responsible for these impressive health benefits, contributing not just to overall life expectancy, but also to immunity and cardiovascular function. A 2011 review of 100 studies on the benefits of seaweeds, published in the American Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry backs this up. This paper reported seaweeds may be used to help lower blood pressure and promote heart health.
The quest for umami – or the fifth taste – by chefs and foodies alike has highlighted another key component of seaweeds – their high glutamate content, an amino acid, necessary for normal brain function. Dashi, a traditional Japanese broth, heralded as the ‘mother’ of umami, has seaweed as a core ingredient. Research suggests that it’s the high glutamate content of certain seaweeds that provides the umami flavouring.
In Europe and North America, many claims have been made for the effectiveness of seaweeds on human health. It has been suggested, amongst other things, that seaweeds have curative powers for tuberculosis, arthritis, colds and influenza, worm infestations, and may even improve one’s attractiveness to the opposite sex!
Whether this is true or not, sea vegetables are full of nutrients. Coming in a multitude of colours, textures, shapes and sizes, all types contain a rich supply of minerals, most prominently calcium, copper, iodine and iron. They are also rich in protein, fibre and vitamins, specifically vitamin K and folic acid, while being low in calories and fat.
Seaweeds also bind to radioactive waste and metals in the body so it can be removed. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body so it can be removed. 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.
There we have it – Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the Western world!
Are you Iodine Deficient?
“66% of British Adult Women Tested as Iodine Deficient”
The UK and much of the world is iodine deficient, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring that the UK has a national problem of iodine deficiency.
Sadly, policy makers remain inactive, and the public remain unaware of this fact, and unaware of the very serious health consequences and the simple ways to address this deficiency.
Iodine is critical to healthy thyroid function. A lack of it can cause low energy, weight gain, depression, muscle pain, coldness, constipation, heart disease, cognitive decline, and a variety of cancers. And for unborn babies, a lack of iodine in their mothers can lead to poor mental abilities, cretinism and autism.
What is iodine?
Iodine is a mineral needed by our bodies to make our thyroid gland function properly. It can be found naturally (chelated iodine) in seaweeds, and marine fish.
I have a good diet, do I need an Iodine supplement?
The chances are that even if you have a good diet, unless you eat a lot of sea fish and seaweed, that you can still be iodine deficient. Other chemicals near iodine in the periodic table, such as chlorine and fluoride, displace iodine, so fluoride toothpaste and oral products and chlorinated water can interfere with the absorption of iodine from your diet.
Seaweed can be taken as a nutritional supplement in a capsule or used as a condiment and food ingredient.
Seaweeds from the north west Scotland and Ireland are amongst the world’s best quality seaweeds, and they are increasingly eaten by us. We use 175 grams of organic Ascophyllum nodosum seawed and 175 grams of organic Fucus Vesiculosis seaweed in each sachet of our “Gorgeous Greens” supplement amongst other organic ingredients such as organic chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, alfalfa, kale, nettle, and dandelion leaf. Each sachet contains your recommended daily allowance of iodine (RDA). We use these two different types of seaweed because of their superior and dense nutritional profile.
Thanks to their impressive nutritional profile, seaweeds are beneficial to health, and are thought to help the body fight illness and disease.
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(1) (Vanderpump et al., 2011)
76% of British teenage school girls test as iodine insufficient (Vanderpump et al., 2011)
49% babies are mildly iodine insufficient (Skeaff et al., 2005)