Let's Talk Seaweed!
Seaweed is a "plant-like" organism that grows in the ocean. There are multiple varieties (classified by their color and other characteristics) that serve as food for sea animals. Humans have come to depend on these organisms as a food source as well. Many cultures incorporate these nutritious plants into soups, sushi, salads, smoothies, and supplements. But what makes these ocean plants so nutritious? Read on to find out!
Benefits of Seaweed
1. Supports Thyroid Functioning
Your thyroid uses iodine (a mineral) to produce hormones that are essential for energy production, metabolism, fertility, cell growth and repair, temperature, heart rate, and more. Seaweed is rich in iodine and, as such, can help the body to get adequate amounts to function properly. However, too much iodine can cause problems.
2. Great Source of Vitamins and Minerals
While each type of seaweed has its own nutrients and minerals that are unique, all seaweed is packed full of vitamin A, C, E, and K, with folate, zinc, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. They also are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12.
3. Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important elements that help to reduce damage within the body due to unstable free radicals. Seaweed contains multiple antioxidants, two of which are flavonoids and carotenoids.
4. Promotes Healthy Digestion & Weight Loss
Seaweed is packed full of fiber. Fiber on its own is a great addition to digestive health, but with the added vitamins and minerals from seaweed, blood sugar levels are lowered, and metabolism is raised - all of which result in weight loss. Who doesn't want that?
Yes, seaweed is an amazing food item to add to your diet. It provides so many benefits that can boost your healthy lifestyle. However, although seaweed is extremely good for your body, there are some things you need to be aware of.
Potential Dangers of Seaweed
1. Excess Iodine
Seaweed contains a high iodine level, therefore it's important to be aware of how much you eat in a day. Consuming high amounts of seaweed can interfere with proper thyroid functioning. Be sure to check with a doctor if you have concerns about your iodine levels or thyroid function.
2. Heavy Metal Load
Seaweed is known to absorb and store minerals. Some of these include heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, and lead. In moderation, a healthy body is generally able to process and detox heavy metals, but if you tend to consume seaweed regularly, there is the potential for heavy metals to accumulate in your body over time. It's important to be aware of how much seaweed you are consuming.
In conclusion, seaweed is extremely beneficial for your health. There are so many reasons as to why you should add this food into your diet. Just cautious about consuming too much!
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