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Sea water contains a full spectrum of minerals the human body needs, in fact sea water is similar to the plasma of the blood in its mineral content. Thus, seaweed enriched with all these minerals that are present there in their ionized, water-soluble form, the only way they can be absorbed by our tissues*, is one of the best ways to replenish the body’s daily needs for minerals, without resorting to unnatural supplements and medications. According to a 2010 Newcastle University study, algae is great for weight reduction as they reduce our fat absorption by 75%.

Introducing seaweed into your regimen will help you gradually say goodbye to regular salt.

Some of the easily obtainable kinds of seaweed usually are:

  • Wakame

Loaded with calcium and magnesium, it is also a great diuretic that helps to reduce bloating and improves insulin resistance

Use: Soak the leaves in cold water until tender. Enjoy as is, in a salad, add to soups.

A simple Asian salad: Wakame, cucumber cut into matchsticks, apple cider vinegar or lime juice, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds.

 

  • Kombu/Kelp

Kombu is the dried sea kelp. Powdered form is usually called Kelp Powder. Kombu is known for its high iodine content that’s essential for healthy metabolism. A study found that kombu has properties that prevent blood clotting.

Use: adding kombu strips to bean dishes makes beans more digestible. Kelp powder can be used as a seasoning for a wide variety of dishes including raw ones.

 

  • Arame

Is famous for its high iron content that’s great for healing anemia. Also high in calcium and antioxidants. Arame is the sweetest-tasting of the algae mentioned in this post.

Use: Soak for 10 minutes and add to salads or add to any dish including soup, stew, and so on.

 

  • Nori

Also known as the sushi seaweed, it is richest in protein, one sheet has as much fiber as a cup of raw spinach, and more Omega-3 fatty acids than a cup of avocado. Nori contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and immunity booster, vitamin B12 that is crucial for cognitive function that many vegans are low in, and is known to help control cholesterol.

Use: make rolls with cooked brown rice, lettuce, thinly sliced carrots, cucumber, daikon, avocado, microgreens. You can use nut or seed butter instead of rice to make it raw but filling.

 

  • Sea Palm

Rich in iodine, iron, calcium, vitamins and fiber, this sea veg is great for heart and overall health.

In our opinion, it’s one of the best-tasting algae we tried – not too salty.

Use: soak for 10-15 minutes and add to salads or other dishes. We made lentil soup with sea palm once and it was delicious (tasted like fish soup you guys.)

Purple Sprout’s co-founder Irina was eating a lot of seaweed during her second pregnancy when she was diagnosed with iron deficiency and hyper-thyroidism, and was able to resolve it without any supplements or medication thanks to seaweed.