Sushi fans and general seaweed lovers – listen up for some good news – seaweed contains a number of health boosting properties. From increasing your immunity, to helping you shift those stubborn pounds, seaweed could be the superfood you need to support your wellbeing. With this in mind and the help of nutritionist Alix Woods in collaboration with itsu, the healthy Asian inspired eatery, here are 8 IDEAL ways seaweed can support your health.
SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS
Seaweed can support weight loss as it is high in fibre leaving one feeling fuller for longer and increasing satiety. The fibre is calorie free and encourages bowel regularity, ridding the body of toxins and waste. Not forgetting, the iodine content, which manages metabolic function and encourages weight loss.
AID YOUR HEALTH WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
Seaweed contains antioxidants that help protect cells from free radical damage. Free radical damage is often the cause of diseases like heart disease. The antioxidants help to dampen down and even stop the cell’s inflammatory response within the body. Flavonoids, carotenoids and fucoxanthin are the active plant compounds, or antioxidants, that offer the body all the protective health benefits.
Many varieties of seaweed, contain B12 which is often lacking in vegan and vegetarian diets, making it a valuable source. Simply add dried seaweed, chlorella and or spirulina to meals like soups and smoothies to optimise nutrition and nutrients daily.
GIVE YOUR CUT SOME TLC
Seaweed supports gut and microbiome health by providing protective immune enhancing flora within the gut. Seaweed contains fibre and polysaccharides that encourage the growth of healthy gut bacteria that form the first line of defence for the immune system.
PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES
Seaweed may reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and improve blood sugar control as it contains the studied antioxidant, fucoxanthin that can help to lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance. It also contains alginate, reducing the absorption and circulation of sugar in the blood.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR THYROID
Seaweed helps to regulate thyroid function, as it is rich in iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine. The thyroid gland manages energy, growth, reproduction and cell repair. The iodine makes hormones to control metabolism and maintain energy. Fluctuations in weight, with associated fatigue, may occur should there be an imbalance in iodine. 150 mcg’s is the daily, recommended dietary amount.
HELP YOUR HEART
This superfood contains protective ‘pro heart’ nutrients that may reduce the risk of Heart Disease. Seaweed has been found to reduce cholesterol with newer studies showing seaweed contains carbohydrates or fucans and peptides that help reduce blood clotting and lower high blood pressure,.