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5 Seaweeds That Enrich Your Diet

 

Discover the amazing health benefits of this ancient PowerFood. Sea  vegetables have a broad range of   medicinal uses and have been used in spas and therapeutic baths for ages.

Popular misconception: Seaweeds are fishy tasting.

Properly harvested, dried, and stored seaweeds do not acquire a fishy  taste.

Seaweeds  are high in nutrients and in general contain more minerals than vegetables,  meat, milk or eggs.

MINERALS: Sea vegetables are excellent sources of most   minerals, especially potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,  nitrogen, iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium,  bromine,  vanadium and nickel.

VITAMINS: Most sea vegetables are excellent sources of the   known vitamins (A, Bs, especially B12, C, D, E, and K) as well as essential  fatty acids.

I will introduce 5 wild seaweeds that we harvest in our area of  North Coastal BC Canada.

 

1) Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana)

Nereo: Greek meaning mermaid  Cystis: Greek meaning bladder

Common names: Bullwhip Kelp, Ribbon Kelp, Sea Kelp

Taste: when dry it has fresh salty ocean taste.

How to use in food:

Bull Kelp (once dried) is one of the tastiest seaweeds. It’s fine and   tender, easy to eat, and no cooking or soaking is required. It is usually used  as a seasoning, sprinkled into foods such as salads, soups, quinoa, rice, pasta etc.  Also, try enjoying kelp as a salty  snack. It is on my list of favorite condiments.

Nutrition:

Rich in calcium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, potassium, bromine, phosphorus,  iron, bulk fiber, vitamin B complex, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K.

Medicinal uses:

Treats Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), hyperactivity, insomnia, depression,  hostility, schizophrenia, mineral depletion, heartburn, and improves electrical  nerve flow and fibromyalgia.

Baths and Spa uses:

Place a handful of kelp in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a Seaweed facial.

 

3) Kombu (laminaria spp.*) includes L. digitata

Laminaria means thin leaf, digitata means finger

Common names: broadleaf kelp, devil’s apron, horsetail kelp,  finger kelp

Taste: When dry kombu has a salty, natural monosodium  glutamate taste. It is tough and once you chew it, it becomes slimy. Kombu  tastes best when cooked.

How to use in food:

Chop into bite size pieces and cook with your rice, quinoa, stews, and beans  (improves digestibility), shred and pickle, or roast and crumble on food.

Add a peace of Kombu (or Wakame) to beans at they cook.  This will make the beans easier to digest and  stop gas.

Nutrition:

High in iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium,  chromium,  protein, mannitol, phosphorus, alginate, fucoidan, laminarin, carotene,  phytohormones, vitamin A, C, D, E, K and B complex vitamins.

Medicinal Uses of Kombu:

Anti-viral, relieves sore joints and muscles, lowers high blood pressure,  improves sleep, heals tissue, treats certain thyroid problems, aids weight loss,  and inhibits tumors.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of Kombu in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (Algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a Seaweed facial.

 

3) Bladderwrack (Fucus spp.*) includes F. gardneri F.  Vesiculosus

Fucus: greek for seaweed. Bladder, because the seaweed’s air filled bulbs  resemble “bladders.” And, wrack comes from the Old English meaning:  seaweed

Common names: pop weed, rock weed.

Taste: when dry it has a fresh oyster taste with a hint of  iodine. Very flavorful.

How to use in food:

Make a mineral and iodine-rich broth, cook into rice, quinoa, seafood  chowders, soups, and stews. Or, soak, chop, and cook into stir fry.

Nutrition:

Rich in iodine, calcium, potassium, protein, mannitol, phosphorus, alginate,  fucoidan, phytohormones, laminarin, vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B complex  vitamins.

Medicinal Uses of Bladderwrack:

Stimulates the thyroid, detoxifies, aids in weight loss, helps fibromyalgia,  reduces fatigue, strengthens bones, and reduces inflammation. Bladderwrack also improves  mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and improves memory.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of Bladderwrack in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot  bath. Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (Algin) will be released in bath water. Add  gel to face for a Seaweed facial.

pacific kelp seaweed benefits

4) Giant Kelp (Macrocystis integrifolia), Greek meaning  Macro large cystis bladder

Common names: Pacific kelp, brown kelp

Taste: when dry, mild salty taste

How to use in food:

Cook into soups, rice, quinoa, stews, beans, fish chowder. Or, cut into thin strips  and add to stir frys. For a snack, toast kelp in a hot frying pan with no oil.  It takes only seconds and you can eat it like a chip!

Nutrition:

High in algin, mannitol, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,  nitrogen, iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, chromium,  selenium, bromine,  vanadium, nickel, vitamin A, B vitamins (especially B12), C, D, E, and K, as  well as essential fatty acids.

Medicinal Uses of Macrocystis:

Supports a healthy thyroid, regulates hormones and metabolism, supports the  immune system, provides antioxidants, and keeps your heart healthy.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of macro in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a seaweed facial.

5) Wakame (Alaria spp.*) includes (Alaria marginata)

Alaria is Greek for wing and wakame is Japanese for young girl.

Common names: winged kelp

Taste: when dry, salty, savoury taste

How to use in food:

Eat as a snack right out of the bag. Chop and cook into rice and quinoa,  soups, casseroles, stews, beans, and toast. Or, grind with a coffee mill and  sprinkle flakes on salads, sandwiches, rice, etc.

Nutrition: high in calcium, protein, iron, magnesium,  sodium,  phosphorus, potassium, chromium, zinc, iodine. Rich in B complex  vitamins, vitamin A, C, and K.

Medicinal Uses of Wakame: Discourages tumors, Detoxifying,  Aids  congestion, Lowers blood pressure, Nourishing to the liver, Purifies the   blood, Prevents arteriosclerosis, Healthy for the skin and hair etc.

Baths and Spas uses: Place a handful of Wakame in a piece  of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath. Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin)  will be released in bath water. Add gel to face for a Seaweed facial.

Enjoy your Sea Vegetables! This article is meant for information  only. Consult a medical professional regarding medical problems and before  making any major  changes in your diet.

References:

Ryan Drum, PhD, AHG Website: www.ryandrum.com

Valerie Cooksley, RN, Author of Seaweed

(Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease and  Revitalizing Body & Soul)

Louis Druehl, Professor and Author of Pacific Seaweeds (a  guide to common seaweeds of the West Coast)

*species

By Louise Gaudet/ Certified Wildcrafter and Owner  of BC KELP (wild sea  vegetables)

Would you like to know the most convenient was to eat your Sea Vegetables?  Leesa recommends a tasty and convenient way to eat and benefit from Sea Vegetables … Chews4Health! Chews4Health contains Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwrack, and Nori!  Chews taste like a raspberry sweet tart to me! So delicious and so good for you! 

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