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Is seaweed the answer to chronic malnutrition in India?

Is seaweed the answer to chronic malnutrition in India?

Home to over 1.2 billion people, India is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. Meeting the needs of such a large populace poses endless challenges, particularly for a government that is renowned for its bureaucracy and, in some areas, its corruption. Forbes India recently reported on a new law, the Food Security Bill, that is intended to ensure that citizens have access to a set amount of sustenance.

Such measures are meant to help combat alarming rates of hunger and malnutrition across the country. However, the source points out that providing access to food – while obviously beneficial – isn't the same as improving national nutrition. So, how can a nation struggling to support so many people ensure that the populace gets enough vitamins and minerals?

"In recent years, seaweeds, which contain a wide array of bioactive compounds that range from anti-oxidants to minerals, have proved to be a bonanza for pharmaceutical and agri-food processing industries," Forbes India states. "How about looking at micronutrient-rich seaweeds as an affordable source of nutrition?"

Forbes India notes that, despite having three coastlines, India has yet to take advantage of this incredible natural resource. Back in May, we reported on a study from India's Alagappa University indicating that seaweed supplements could be an excellent source of nutrients for the global population. Indeed, the seaweed industry is expanding around the world, so there is no time like the present for government officials to start exploring in this area.

Time will tell if the Indian government looks to seaweed nutrients to help its population. In the meantime, reap the benefits of these vitamins, minerals and trace elements for yourself in Seagreens® Food Capsules, The Mineral Salt and more. Seagreens® is sustainably wild-harvested in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

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