Varieties & Benefits Of Sea Vegetables
When I first started paying closer attention to my health, and what I was putting into my body, the thought of eating seaweed or sea vegetables didn’t sound very attractive, at all! As I learned more about these amazing vegetables (and yes, they are a vegetables!) I’ve learned that they are amongst the most nutritious foods on earth!
True, it may have taken me some time getting used to taste of certain sea vegetables, but today, playing an important part in my balanced diet, I simply can’t imagine not having them.
Here are some of the most commonly used sea vegetables for improving your health:
- Kombu: High in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, iron and zinc. This easy to use sea vegetable has great healing values, and is a decongestant for excess mucous and helps lower blood pressure. Add a small strip, about 1-2″ long to your favorite pot of beans (it also helps reduce the natural gas), or add a small piece to your pot of rice. (I use this daily in beans or grain, or both)
- Nori: High in protein, it is also rich in carotenes, calcium, iron, iodine, and phosphorus. Nori is also known to help with radiation exposure. (I eat 1/2 sheet daily)
- Arame: One of the richest sources of iodine, this sea vegetable helps the reproductive organs, menopausal symptoms, and breast and uterine fibroids. Arame also helps with hair loss and promotes great skin! (I eat this once a week)
- Hijiki: High in fiber, Hijiki is an excellent source of Vitamin A and calcium. It is the most calcium rich sea vegetable than any other and is known to boost natural killer T-cells for disease protection. Hijiki helps build stronger blood. (I use this when I notice my hair falling out or cuts and bruises don’t heal as fast as they should)
- Wakame: High in protein and calcium, iron, and Vitamin C, Wakame is excellent for hair growth and skin tone. (I use this everyday in my miso)
- Dulse: Rich in iron, protein, iodine, and Vitamin A. Tests have shown this sea vegetable to reduce symptoms of the herpes virus, as well as having toning and purifying effects in the body.
Let us know in the comments below if you are interested in dishes prepared with sea vegetable. We’ve got delicious, and always nutritious recipes to share.