New study finds health benefits of seaweed

New study finds health benefits of seaweed

When you hear the word seaweed, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is a tasty sushi roll or a bed of kelp swaying with the water currents. Associating this plant with health benefits might not be your first reaction, but seaweed has a lot more to offer besides being a wrapper for rice and raw fish.

A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported that seaweed phlorotannins are actually metabolized and absorbed by the body when consumed. Phlorotannins are naturally occurring compounds and are a great source of antioxidants, which can help protect your body against inflammation and other problems caused by oxidative stress. This imbalance in your body can lead to heart problems and contribute to certain diseases, like Alzheimer's.

A 2015 article published in the journal Process Biochemistry noted that seaweed could potentially help prevent Alzheimer's disease. The plant's anti-inflammatory properties help inhibit enzymes that negatively impact neurotransmitters in the body. Another benefit of consuming seaweed is that it can help reduce your sodium intake. Most people enjoy adding a little extra salt to a meal – it gives food extra flavor. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 89 percent of adults eat too much sodium. Seaweed can help reduce the amount of salt you in a day because it has a naturally salty flavor.

Working organic seaweed into your diet is simple and will add a unique flavor to any dish. If you're looking for something quick and easy, try adding a little kelp to your salad. For a more substantial meal, mix seaweed with olive oil, lemon juice and a few herbs to create a tasty seasoning to pour over fish.

Another way you can incorporate seaweed into your diet is trying Seagreens Mineral Salt. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.

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