What in the world are Sea Vegetables?  These low calorie, mineral rich, detoxifying foods are versatile and delicious.  If you are like me, you are wondering how to add more of these nutrient-dense foods to your day.  Western cultures have only recently begun to enjoy the taste and and nutritional value of Sea Vegetables, commonly referred to as Seaweed. Let’s explore together!

Sea Vegetables are one of the best natural sources of iodine, a mineral essential for proper thyroid function.  Additionally, they are a unique food source for another mineral called vanadium which has a multi-faceted role in blood sugar regulation.  The anti-inflammatory properties of these abundant vegetables is being validated, making them an ideal food to add to your day.    

Not classified as either a plant or an animal, Sea Vegetables belong to a group of organisms known as algae.  With thousands of varieties, they are categorized as brown, red, or green and have a wide variety of shapes, tastes, and textures.  Not all are edible!  Japan is the world’s largest Sea Vegetable producer with these names commonly found in the United States:

  • Nori:  Generally sold in strips or sheets, Nori turns phosphorescent green when toasted.  It is famous for its role as a sushi wrap.
  • Kelp:  Commonly found in powder form, Kelp varies from light brown to dark green in color.
  • Hikiji:  With a strong flavor, this variety looks like small strands of black wiry pasta.
  • Arame:  This lacy Sea Vegetable is milder and sweeter than many other varieties.
  • Dulse:  Soft, chewy, and reddish-brown, Dulse is often considered one of the easiest forms of Seaweed to incorporate into your day.  It can be chopped up and sprinkled on food.
  • Wakame:  Typically very dark in color, you will find this commonly used in Japanese miso soup.  
  • Kombu:  Often used as a flavoring for soups and beans, Kombu is also dark in color and is generally sold in strips or sheets that are thicker than Nori.

Sea Vegetables are available throughout the year and contribute to LIVING YOUNGER by:

  1. Providing a rich mineral array including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium, and zinc.  
  2. Promoting heart health by virtue of their antithrombotic and anticoagulant benefits.
  3. Imparting anti-inflammatory benefits via sulfated polysaccharides.
  4. Enhancing women’s vitality by helping to regulate estrogen.
  5. Contributing antioxidant benefits due to their polyphenols such as carotenoids and flavonoids to fight oxidative stress.  

What in the world are Sea Vegetables?  They might just be a new guest at your dinner table.  START SOMEWHERE today considering this new area of taste opportunity.  LIVE YOUNGER by giving your body more of what God has provided from the earth.  You can do it.  I will help you!

What in the World are Sea Vegetables

What in the World are Sea Vegetables