Study shows potential seaweed benefits for diabetics
Seaweed, with its high levels of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, is an excellent addition to any diet. However, as we've noted in previous posts, it can prove particularly useful for individuals with dietary restrictions or disorders. While vegetarians and vegans can turn to this plant for many of the nutrients that are routinely derived from dairy, fish or other products, researchers have discovered that people with diabetes may also want to incorporate seaweed into their meals.
According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 million people across the country are living with this condition, which is characterized by high blood sugar levels. Recently, though, scientists from the Teagasc Food Research Center in Ireland have revealed that extracts from brown seaweed could address this issue by mitigating a process called postprandial hyperglycemia, or the uptick in blood glucose that takes place after a meal.
"To date, numerous studies have reported on the antidiabetic properties of various plant extracts through inhibition of carbohydrate-hydrolysing enzymes," the study abstract states. "Overall, our findings suggest that brown seaweed extracts may limit the release of simple sugars from the gut and thereby alleviate postprandial hyperglycemia."
Scientists have attributed this occurrence to the the phenols and antioxidants found in brown wrack seaweed. Though further research is required to investigate this connection, the many documented benefits of seaweed for health make it an appealing ingredient for many Americans, whether they're concerned about their weight, their blood pressure or their overall nutrient intake. Seagreens® seaweed is a complete wholefood that is wild-harvested in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, and has been shown to contain higher levels of these seaweed nutrients than the same species of sea vegetable harvested using normal techniques and not to Seagreens® patent pending standards. Try it as the Culinary Ingredient, The Mineral Salt, Food Capsules and more.