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Seaweed in scientific language called ‘Codium Fragile’. It is a family member of algae. Seaweed has been known as a medicine plant since the 16th century ago, and believed if this grass as a food source of the Aztec and Mesoamerican tribes. Health benefits of seaweed make people to cultivate seaweed. This sea plant is different from other plants because they have no roots, leaves, and stems. This seaweed lives in different kind and colors, such as blue, brown, red, and green.
Seaweed has been used by the Japanese and Chinese since thousands of years ago. Seaweed is very rich in protein. Japan is one of the countries that consume about 500 tons of seaweed per 1 year. Besides having high nutrient, seaweed also improve the health quality.
Nutrition per 100 gram
- Energy 306 kcal
- Water 8.68 g
- 6.21 grams protein
- Lipid 0.30 g
- Carbohydrates 80.88 g
- 7.7 g fiber
- 2.97 g sugar
- Calcium 625 mg
- Ferrum 21.40 mg
- Magnesium 770 mg
- Phosphorus 52 mg
- Potassium 1125 mg
- Sodium 102 mg
- Zinc 5.80 mg
- Ascorbic acid 0.0 mg
- Thiamin 0.01 mg
- Riboflavin 0.2 mg
- Niacin 0.2 mg
- Vitamin B6 0.3 mg
- Folic Acid 580 mcg
- Vitamin B12 0.0 mg
- Vitamin A 200 IU
- Vitamin E 5 mg
- Cholesterol 0 mg
Do you know what are the health benefits of seaweed?
Increase body endurance
Seaweed provides stimulant which serves to keep the immune system and produce antibodies, cytokines, and other cells that useful to boost immunity in the body.
This marine biota has high antioxidant to prevent the growth of cancer cells caused by free radical effects.
Manage hormone function
Seaweed has iodine for process of metabolic and physiological to synthesize the hormones which produced by thyroid gland.
Lowering blood sugar and cholesterol
Seaweed will turn into gel if we eat and help the digestive system in the body. Seaweed is useful for preventing the body to absorb sugar and cholesterol in excessive amounts.
Pull out poison in the body
Seaweed can transform toxin in the body to be salt and chlorophyll in seaweed can help the detoxification process.
Vitamin E and vitamin C will keep the healthy skin to look brighter, soft, and smooth.
Eating seaweed can provide benefits for bone health, strengthens bones and can help bone growth.
Accelerate wound healing
Seaweed has vitamin C which is useful to accelerate the wound healing process.
Boost immune system
Vitamin C is also useful for enhancing the immune system by helping white blood establishment in the body.
To substitute salt
Salt in seaweed, making it as a substitute for salt which used for cooking, so that seaweed can make the body more healthy than using iodized salt.
Seaweed has a protein that will make the stomach feel full longer. It is very nice as the food when dieting.
Increase the fertility
There’s so many essential nutrients in seaweed and one of them is useful to increase the fertility. Important minerals with high levels of zinc, iodine, magnesium and selenium able to boost fertility levels.
To cure skin disease
Vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 in seaweed will relieve irritation and protects the skin. Not surprisingly, various beauty care products are using seaweed as the raw material. In fact, seaweed can also cure skin allergy, eczema, and other skin diseases.
Inhibit cancer cells growth
This sea plant also enriched with fucoidans compound, which is clinically proven fighting cancer cells. Polysaccharide and fucoidans can strengthen immunity mechanisms in the body.
There’s a lot of seaweed benefits that we can get when eat it. But consume seaweed within appropriately boundaries. Don’t eat anything with excessive because it will have bad effect to health.