Seaweed: The Secret Superfood

So many foods are given the term ‘Superfood’ and for good reason. When you think of superfoods, do you think of seaweed? Algae like spirilina and chlorella are the obvious ones that people seek out. However there is a wide variety of seaweeds that are versatile in the way they can be used. Not only that, but they are so easy to incorporate into your everyday life. Your health and body will thank you.

Has someone ever told you the benefits salt water has on your skin? Have you ever experienced glowing skin from swimming in the ocean?  Well just imagine what that salt water does when you consume it through rich green, red, and purple sea vegetables. Seaweed bathes it’s entire existence in salt water.  It is known as the most nutrient dense food on the planet. No other food has the vast amount of vitamins and minerals. When seaweed is consumed regularly, you’ll likely notice your health improve and your skin glow.

Here are some interesting facts about seaweed:

  • One of the richest plant sources of calcium – 10 times that of milk!
  • Also rich in iodine, phosphorus, sodium, and iron. A good source of vitamin A and B vitamins.
  • Very high source of protein.
  • Potent anti-carcinogen, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-aging and anti-cholesterol! That’s a whole lot of fighting power.
  • Strengthens bones, teeth, digestion and helps to reduce enlarged thyroid glands.
  • Removes heavy metals, toxins and radioactive elements from the body.
  • Alkalizing and blood cleansing.

Seaweed literally is the food that keeps on giving. With all the benefits listed above, how can you not want to add it to your daily diet. Like I stated above, it really is easy. Here’s a break down of different kinds of seaweed and how to incorporate them into you daily regime.

Kelp: This seaweed is most well known. You can buy it dried and add to soups, buy it in capsule form or eat kelp noodles. Urban Organics Market has a delicious recipe that is loved by children and adults alike: Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai

Nori: This seaweed has been used by the Japanese for thousands of years. It’s best known use is in sushi. Have you ever thought about buying nori sheets and trying to make something yourself? Well here’s a yummy recipe by Nourishing Meals. You can also buy toasted nori like Seasnax, which kids love.

Wakame: Best used in soups, stir frys, stews and can also be bought in a noodle form similar the kelp noodles.

Kombu: This thick and mineral rich seaweed, which is pictured above, really expands when added to water. It’s best used when cooking beans. Simply add it to water and then discard once beans are cooked. It enriches the water with minerals but also helps to break down beans, which aid in digestion as well as absorption. Kombu can also be added when making homemade vegetable or meat stocks.

Dulse: Think table salt. Well, not table salt but add dulse flakes to a salt shaker and keep it at the table with your other condiments. This way you can get a dose of it every day.

Other ways to use seaweed include:

Seaweed Broth: Make your own mineral rich broth by adding any one of these (or combined) seaweeds to hot water and simmer for 45 minutes. Thicker seaweeds like kombu can be discarded once broth is ready however others like dulse and kelp can be left in. Add some veggies and you’ve got yourself a nourishing and nutrient rich meal.

Use on Skin: Make your own seaweed bath! Add a variety of seaweed to a hot bath and soak. You can also try making a facemask like the one from Hildablue.

Living more life,

Amanda

**I wrote this article for Urban Organics Market in October 2014. To see more helpful tips, tricks and recipes, please visit their website.