Sea vegetables or seaweeds have been widely used in Japan and other countries around the world for their unique health enhancing properties. Seaweed is touted as a superfood not only because it is extremely nutritious but also because it contains extraordinary health-promoting compounds that are not found in any other plant.
There are many different types of seaweed including kelp/kombu, nori, and akrame, which you can purchase from health food stores and supermarkets. Seaweed granules and supplements are also available.
Being a good source of zinc and antioxidants, seaweed helps to strenghten the immune system, reduce the risk of illness and infections and is considered to have anti-ageing properties.
Seaweed helps to boost energy levels due to its vitamin B and iron content as well as being rich source of iodine, needed for healthy thyroid function and weight loss.
This superfood is also beneficial for the treatment and management of blood sugar disorders such as diabetes as it is a good source of chromium and protein, which helps normalise blood sugar levels.
Add small strips of seaweed to soups, salads and stir-fries. Make nori rolls or sushi, or buy seaweed rice crackers. Seaweed granules or powdered supplements can be added to fresh juices or sprinkled over meals.