Seaweed, the oldest plant on earth protects you from modern dangers. The radiation plume that drifted around the world from the Japanese quake disaster was not considered a serious health risk by authorities. This is good news, but many people still wanted extra protection.

The oldest plant on earth protects us from many modern dangers, including radiation poisoning, heart disease, inflammation, and cancer.

Why not use this situation to add a powerfood to your diet that not only helps prevent radiation poisoning but many other serious health problems as well.

Interesting Facts 

  • When the body is saturated with natural iodine from seaweed, it will more readily excrete radioactive iodine taken in from the air, water or food. This will prevent radiation poisoning of the thyroid.
  • contains 14 times more calcium by weight than milk.
  • high in protein, low in fat and contains little or no carbs.
  • has components which lower blood pressure, prevent arteriosclerosis and combat tumors.
  • Seaweed has been on earth at least 500 million years longer than man.

Seaweed tastes great when prepared well. Although not so common in our modern western diet, it is enjoyed daily in countries like Japan and Ireland. See recipes with seaweed in them below.

Even land lubbers life Randy get used to its unique flavour.
Listen to his opinion of seaweed. 

Seaweed story?

For maximum nutritional value, eat seaweed fresh.

The 5 Most Popular Seaweeds

Kombu seaweed

Kombu

  • Kombu is a sea vegetable which grows in deep sea waters around Hokkaido. It is sold dry in hard sheets or in powder form.  It is mostly used in Soups as a stock.
  • Wakame is a sea vegetable, which grows in cool to cold sea waters. It can be used in soups, salads, with other dishes and as seasoning.
  • Dulse is a red color and has a delicious fresh crisp flavor. It comes in soft sheets in a package or dulse dried granules that can be sprinkled on food either during cooking or at the table.

    Nori Seaweed

    Nori Seaweed

  • Nori is thin and its oily iridescence reflects the colors of the rainbow. This is the most popular Seaweed for eating, both historically and today. We mostly know it from eating Maki Sushi.  It comes in sheets in a package or nori dried flakes that can be sprinkled on food either during cooking or at the table.
  • Arame is a dark brown sea vegetable when fresh and blackish when dried.  As all other dried seaweed, it is very rich in minerals, particularly calcium and protein (7.5%).  Arame seaweed can be used as a substitute for wakame or hijiki in many applications.

Also, there is Kelp which is the most nutritious; it is very high in iodine, contains iron, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and potassium and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus amino acids. It is a very strong tasting seaweed which can be over powering for most foods, so I do not often cook with. Kelp is often taken in capsules or powder as a supplement.

More Amazing Benefits of Seaweed:

  • Has Important Antibacterial and Antiviral Effects.
  • Reduces Cholesterol Levels in the Blood, High Blood Pressure and Arteriosclerosis.  Laboratory experiments in Japan have shown that it is due to improved metabolism which reduces the accumulation of fats.
  • Helps Discharge Other Radioactive Elements. Studies starting in 1964 at McGill University in Canada show that a substance in kelp and other common seaweeds could reduce the amount of radioactive strontium absorbed through the intestine by 50 to 80 percent.
  • Macrobiotic Doctors & Patients in Nagasaki, Survived the Atomic Bombing on Aug 9/45 They protected themselves against lethal doses of radiation on a diet of brown rice, miso soup, seaweed and sea salt.
  • It contains B12 (rarely found in vegetables).
  • It is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese and 60 trace minerals
  • A substance called aliginic acid, found in seaweed, helps the body to eliminate toxins and harmful substances from the body.  (Study at McGill University in Montreal)

Now we know why many of us love seaweed so much! It is soooo good for us.

Check out these delicious recipes:

seaweed

Soba Soup

Easy Recipe with Nori: Green Nori Salad

Yummy recipe with Arame:  Carrots with Arame

Tasty Recipe with Wakame: White Bean and Asparagus Stew:  Get your vegan protein with all the health benefits of asparagus here in one shot.

Get some Kombu into your diet: Soba Soup:  a Japanese favorite.  A delicious noodle soup that is gluten free and grain free.

Recipe with Kombu and Wakame: Miso Soup with Spinach and  Mushrooms:  Another eastern favorite.

Question: When was the last time YOU ate seaweed?  Answer below.

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