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Is seaweed a viable source of essential fatty acids?

Is seaweed a viable source of essential fatty acids?

Essential fatty acids such as DHA and EPA are vital for overall health. Not only do these compounds provide necessary nutrition for the brain, they can also bolster the immune system, improve mood and combat internal inflammation, among other benefits. Fish is probably the best known source of these essential building blocks, though it can also be derived from various leafy greens and produce. Even so, people who do not consume seafood either due to preference or dietary restrictions may be on the lookout for ingredients to satisfy their omega-3 requirements, and the industry website Food Processing reports that seaweed could be the solution.

According to the source, The Journal of Nutrition published a review of seaweed supplements as an alternative source of essential fatty acids that would also prove more sustainable than fish or krill oil.

"The research teams examined the relation between algal DHA supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol," the news outlet reports. "For now, DHA from algae seems to be a sustainable, alternative source of DHA that can satisfy both the demands of consumers and the needs of vegetarians."

Whether you have long subscribed to a vegan or vegetarian diet, or are relatively new to this lifestyle, it never hurts to experiment with new ingredients that can both introduce new flavors to your food and infuse a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. In that respect, seaweed is an excellent choice because, in addition to omega-3 fatty acids, it also contains all of the B vitamins, which often prove elusive for those with dietary restrictions. Seagreens® seaweed is a complete wholefood that is sustainably wild-harvested in the Scottish Outer Hebrides and can boost the flavor and nutritional value of your meals as The Mineral Salt and the Culinary Ingredient. It can also be consumed daily as Food Capsules.

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