When you hear the word “seaweed”, what comes to mind? Probably the ocean, right? Did you also know that seaweed is a Superfood that you should be eating? It may sound disgusting as you think of the smell of the seaweed floating in the ocean, but it is actually very good for you and is used in many different cuisines around the world.
There are three different types of this plant; red, brown, and green. The one that is the most common as food is the brown seaweed. It is also the most researched of the three. Different seaweeds that are included are wakame and kelp. The next most popular is the red seaweed which includes nori which is something that many sushi chefs use in their dishes.
The serving size for seaweed is just two tablespoons. While it contains many different vitamins and nutrients in it, there isn’t enough in that small of a serving to really make a difference with the exception of one component that is hard to find in other foods. That component is iodine. Consuming a good amount of iodine is good for your thyroid levels, which takes care of your hormone balance. When you have an issue with your thyroid you could experience a wide range of symptoms from fatigue, to high cholesterol, to weakness in the muscles. It can lead to serious medical issues if left untreated.
If you believe that you are iodine deficient, there is good news. Just one gram of seaweed contains five to fifty times your recommended daily value of it. It is suggested through research that it can help regulate hormones, and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. It can also help to reduce the symptoms of PMS and help with fertility.
Before you add seaweed to everything that you eat however, take caution. If you add too much seaweed and are eating servings that are far more than the normal serving size you will be ingesting too much of other things such as potassium (which could lead to heart palpitations in people with kidney disease). The key is moderation!