Why eat edible Seaweed? For stand-out nutritional gems
Reasons to be cheerful
Seaweed is one of the most nutritious and sustainable sea vegetables on the planet - yet seldom appears in our cooking. At Seaspoon we seek to rectify this, and have pooled the knowledge to create a series of seaweed blends that are tasty and provide easy to use ways to access this nutrition.
- knowing that every meal you serve to your family is boosted with vitamins and minerals.
- knowing that your body is benefitting from a source of plant protein that is high in fibre and contains amino acids.
- a natural ingredient that makes plant-based meals a source of naturally occurring iodine and antioxidants.
- a low fat seasoning with a broad range of nutrients.
Eating a broad and varied diet is important to gain nutrients*
Our body needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth. Calcium also plays a role in nerve transmissions and muscle function - including that of the heart.
Potassium is an electrolyte and helps control the electrical activity in our bodies to support a healthy heart. Your body also needs it to build proteins, break down and use carbohydrates, maintain the pH balance of the blood and support normal growth.
Your body needs magnesium to support more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium supports muscle and nerve function, helps keep your heart beating regularly, builds strong bones and boosts immunity.
Helps form and maintain healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin.
Like other B vitamins, B12 is important for metabolism. It also helps form red blood cells and maintain the central nervous system.
NB Our seaweed contains Vitamin B12 (Dulse), however studies are ongoing into our bodies abilities to absorb B12 from seaweed. As mentioned by Vegan Health B12 in Dulse warrants further studies to determine absorption levels but until this research is proven they do not recommend vegans rely on Dulse as a source of B12.
Also called ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth and gums. It helps the body absorb iron, maintain healthy tissue and promotes healing.
Iodine in moderationIodine is really important to our bodies. This precious mineral stimulates our thyroid gland to produce essential hormones that regulate metabolism and the growth rate of cells in the body. Society as a whole is getting less iodine these days, but too much can be as dangerous as too little.
Dietary fibre is important for our digestive health and regular bowel movements. Fibre also helps you feel fuller for longer, can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels and can assist in preventing some diseases.
NB. Seaweeds have a significant fibre content, in many cases higher than that in land vegetables and fruit.
Glutamate is widely acknowledged as an amino acid essential for normal brain function.
NB. Research suggests that Glutamate is the source of the incredible Umami flavour to be found in seaweed.
Fucoidans are believed to be responsible for impressive health benefits including life expectancy, immunity and cardiovascular function.
No new fad...
Seaweed consumption has stood the test of time. For many millennia inhabitants around the globe, especially those by the sea have used seaweeds for both food or medicine.Backed by science...
There is an abundance of research papers and articles that link our consumption of seaweed with wellness, principally down to its high concentration of important minerals, vitamins and fibre.
A 2011 review of 100 studies on the benefits of seaweeds, published in the American Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reported seaweeds may be used to help lower blood pressure and promote heart health.
Evidence-based information on seaweed as a sustainable food source in the 2015 book 'Seaweed Sustainability'
*Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific & individual needs & requirements.