Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

 

For years my (now ex) partner used to attempt to force me out of my comfort zone with food by introducing me to numerous varieties I would never have gone anywhere near…before I met her!

In most cases she failed – I’m a little bit too squeamish for some of the diverse options she put in front of me, but I did sample, and in some cases enjoy, a small percentage of these options…one of which was seaweed.

Living next to, and being brought up by the beach – I was interested in seeing what this slimy marine algae tasted like, and I was also interested in it’s apparent health benefits…

So, is brown seaweed good for you, and if so, what are it’s health benefits?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Brown Seaweeds


These types of seaweed are usually found in the Northern Hemisphere waters where the temperature is nice and cold. Not all forms of this type of seaweed are that palatable – Kelp is the only one that is regarded as a traditional food source.

Kelp is also known to have a handy variety of health benefits…

 

Brown Seaweeds

 


Taking On Cancer


A study that took place back in 2012, discovered that brown seaweed was high in levels of Fucoidan. This compound could well help prevent metastasis of lung cancer.

This report also suggested that Kelp could well be the force behind lower incidents of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers among Asian women.

 


Weight Loss


In January 2010 a study took place using a derivative of brown seaweed known as fucoxanthin on obese participants. This derivative was mixed up with pomegranate seed oil and given to the patients over a 16 week period.

The results pointed to an average loss of 7.7 pounds and increased resting metabolic rate in each participant. There were also indications that fat deposits in the liver were reduced.

 


Your Own Personal Hazmat Suit!!!!


Yep – you read that heading correctly…

Brown seaweed can act as a natural version of a nifty Hazmat suit!

Nutritionist Phyllis Balch, author of the book Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal, firmly believes that brown seaweed can protect you against certain forms of radiation exposure.

Balch is under the impression that the sodium alginate that is found in brown seaweed, has in the past prevented the absorption of radioactive strontium from contaminated milk.

 


Vitamins and Minerals


Brown seaweed varieties usually contain a diverse group of vitamins and minerals, including iodine, iron, and calcium. Some types can even contain high amounts of vitamin B12. On top of that – it’s a good source of omega-3 fats (very good for the heart!).

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Conclusion – Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?


There’s no getting away from it – brown seaweed definitely has A LOT of health benefits…but it’s also worth noting that it’s a great dietary source of iodine, which helps support your thyroid gland…

But too much of this iodine can also harm your thyroid function.

What are your experiences with this diverse cuisine?

Do you have any tips or nice recipes you would like to share with us here?

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