Health benefits of seaweed

Seaweed-based cuisine has a proud history in many Asian countries and it is also very good for your health. It is well-known source of important food hydrocolloids, such as agar, alginates, and carrageenan.

In addition to the food value of seaweed, several health benefits have also been reported to be present in this valuable food source. Compared to the terrestrial plants and animal-based foods, seaweed is rich in some health-promoting molecules and materials such as, dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.

(1) Extraordinary source of iodine: Consuming healthy levels of iodine is critically important to maintaining a healthy thyroid, a gland in your neck which helps produce and regulate hormones.

(2) Regulates estrogen and estradiol levels: These two hormones are responsible for proper development and function of sexual organs potentially reducing the risk of breast cancer. In fact, some claim Japans high seaweed consumption is responsible for the countrys conspicuously low incidence of the diseases.

(3) May also help to control PMS and improve female fertility issues.

(4) Extraordinarily potent source of antioxidants and also helps prevent inflammation, which can contribute to a host of ailments that include arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, depression and obesity....