Do you know the Properties of Seaweed & how include it in your Diet ? by SHA Wellness Clinic
Seaweed, an ancient marine plant used by our ancestors in their diet, has arrived in the twenty-first century as a superfood. In recent years, all of its properties have been proven once again, and its reputation has grown with scientific evidence of its many benefits for healthy eating and maintaining optimal energy levels.
Algae provide essential nutrients only when included in small amounts in salads or green smoothies in our normal diet. With algae, the right ratio is important because if you overdo it, you can negate some of their benefits.
Spirulina is one of the best studied algae. Because of its high content of biologically valuable proteins, nutrients, vitamins and minerals, it was declared Food of the Millennium by UNESCO. It takes its name from its spiral shape. Its intense green colour indicates a high content of chlorophyll, a pigment with strong antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and purifying properties.
Its properties also include anti-ageing effects thanks to its richness in antioxidants such as beta-carotenes, which are essential for maintaining our vision. Another superpower of spirulina is the protection of our cardiovascular system thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids and vitamins such as vitamin E and vitamin B6.
Algae generally have a higher nutrient density than land plants. Their content of vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, phosphorus and potassium is higher. They also contain iron, iodine, fibre, sodium and vegetable protein. Some nutrition experts like Kenneth Prange note that the chemical composition of sea water is similar to that of human blood. Regular consumption of seaweed in controlled amounts can help stabilise blood sugar levels, cleanse the digestive system, purify and alkalise the blood, cleanse the lymphatic system and bind and remove heavy metals from the body. The acidic alginate in algae can even bind radioactive material, helping to remove it from the body,” the expert writes in the article.
Algae contain ten times more calcium than milk and are easier to digest.
Their properties seem endless: antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory. This means that these humble sea plants strengthen our immune system and protect us from numerous diseases.
Another incredible benefit of seaweed is its high iodine content, a mineral essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, one of the glands of the endocrine system that regulates essential functions related to energy and immunity.
As if that wasn’t enough, seaweed also doesn’t make you fat and take away hunger; it is very filling. There is no better ally for a balanced and healthy weight loss diet.
Besides spirulina, kombu, wakame, fucus and sea spaghetti are very well known and available in any specialty shop. There are hundreds of delicious recipes for dishes that are very rich in nutrients and have an excellent taste and texture.
SHA’s nutritional concept is based on Hippocrates’ principle: let food be your medicine, and let medicine be your food. It is also based on the nutritional balance of Yin and Yang and applies the rules of the Mediterranean and Asian diet. So it is not surprising that the main components of the SHA diet include algae in addition to grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.
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