Seaweed, Oldest Plant On The Earth Is Wonderful For You

This superfood will protect you and is full of health benefits too.

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.

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

Amazing Health 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 alginic acid, found in seaweed, helps the body to eliminate toxins and harmful substances from the body.  (Study at McGill University in Montreal)

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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.
  • Seaweed contains 14 times more calcium by weight than milk.
  • Seaweed is high in protein, low in fat, and contains little or no carbs.
  • It has components that 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
  • Kombu is a sea vegetable that 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 a seasoning.
  • Dulse is red colour and has a delicious fresh crisp flavour. 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 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.  Like 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 overpowering for most foods, so I do not often cook with. Kelp is often taken in capsules or powder as a supplement.

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

Check out these delicious recipes:

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Soba Soup

Easy Recipe with Nori:Green Nori SaladThis salad is simple, nutritious and filled with flavour.

Yummy recipe with Arame Seaweed:  Carrots with ArameThis is a great addition to any meal especially if you like ginger and carrots.

Tasty Recipe with Wakame: White Bean and Asparagus Stew:  Get your vegan protein with all the health benefits of asparagus here in one shot. I created this White Bean and Asparagus Stew recipe out for the first time on two dinner guests.  That was rather brave!  They were good friends, and you never know how some people react to beans. Sometimes people get gas unless your take the proper steps. I had taken all the precautions though, and they loved it!  They explained it was very tasty but I had made the mistake of revealing what was for dessert. They didn’t eat extra helpings of stew because they were saving room for carob brownies!

Get some Kombu into your diet: Soba Soup:  a Japanese favorite.   If you want a delicious soba soup recipe that is gluten-free, and perhaps even grain-free try this soba soup.  This soup is made with buckwheat noodles. Soba is Japanese for buckwheat. I love this soup! And it is great that it is so healthy.

Recipe with Kombu and Wakame Seaweed: Miso Soup with Spinach and  Mushrooms:  Another eastern favorite. We have come to think of Japanese food as being tempura, teriyaki, and sushi but it is miso soup that the Japanese will not want to live without. Originally, miso soup was served as a breakfast food. I remember the week I had a little Japanese girl visiting who could not speak English; when I made her this soup with the addition of udon noodles, she was so happy and said “Oishi” ( 美味しい ) many times which means delicious! Fortunately, I understood because I had been in Japan and said Oishi at many meals.

Recipe with Kombu Lentil Stew is Nutritious, Full of Superfoods and Is Tasty – Lentil stew has all the benefits of the mighty superfood lentils which are full of protein plus many more nutritious vegetables. And it is a tasty meal.

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

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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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17 Comments

  1. Editor’s note: Technically, algae are not classified in the plant kingdom, and seaweeds are classified in the algae family but whether you use the term plants, vegetables, or weeds, everyone gets the idea; these FOODS are good for you in a number of ways!

  2. Yesterday! My stepson get this wonderful seaweed from way off the coast of BC. It is delicious, and even though it is salty and savoury, it feels like you're eating candy!

  3. i LOVE seaweed — eat it every day now and have for weeks since i got the diagnosis abouth my hypothyroidism.  why i ever stopped eating it years ago, i don't know, but this time around it will continue to be a staple in my life. 
    thank you diana and randy, for all your wonderful articles.

  4. Thank you for this excellent presentation on the wonders of this powerful food. I am thrilled that seaweed is getting more attention (the Japanese's health records really do indicate that their traditional diet – 25% sea vegetables every day – and their lowest levels of disease/best overall health). I am also so sad that t has taken ecological and human disasters to push the conversation forward.

    The really good news is that, while I love seaweed and eat it in various forms….it wasn't until I was introduced to a tasty liquid form, a whole food source of seaweed…a daily vegetable drink, that I now have a consistent, simple, delicious, comprehensive solution to getting the range of nutrients that seaweed provides. The trace minerals are especially important, and not readily available in land-based vegetable sources.

    Combining with organic aloe vera, (both aloe and sea plants are sources of B12), and with aloe's remarkable ability to make other foods more bio-available….this source has been the answer to my 40 year nutrition search, and long term support for protection, wellness and longevity.

    When we feed the body all of the (120 known) daily requirements (many are small, but critical) our bodies are remarkable self-healers.

    Thanks, Diana, for your post! Sea plants can provide many answers and solutions.

    Marcia Coakley (http://danceofhealth.com)

  5. Where you can buy Seaweed.? I do not live close to the coast and here in WI it is difficult to get even fresh seafish.
    Thanks
    barbwarman

    1. Barbara, I live over a 1,000 miles from the sea; I get mine from a local health food store.
      Look under this post: https://www.realfoodforlife.com/miso-soup-with-spinach where one of the members gives a good suggestion.

  6. I order my seaweed online. Limu Plus is delicious as a drink. I also created recipes with Limu Plus. Great for marinating meat. Delicious salad dressing, add some olive oil and herbs.

    My favorite recipe is French Toast. Instead of milk, I add some Limu Plus. Gives the toast a slight fruity flavor. Not need syrup or honey.

    If you’d like some of my recipes, 303.322.8340.

  7. I’ve never tried seaweed, that I know of.
    But I’m really interested to find some now, having read this article.

    One concern – there’s no mention of radiation affecting the seaweed and other resources in the sea.
    Should this be a concern?

  8. I, too, wonder about the radiation effects on powerfoods in the Japanese region. I used to eat fish weekly derived from the Japanese Pacific, and occasionally seaweed, but wonder if radiation exposure decreases or makes dangerous these foods I’d normally use to combat toxins. It seems there’s no current information- but keep me posted! I’m very interested to know.

  9. just ate some roasted dried seaweed from market last nite and both my son and I tried it! It tasted like what we smell when we go fishing or swimming in the ocean! yuck!

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  11. Andrea I think you are talking about Dulse or Nori, they are both light and crunchy and you can eat them without cooking them.

    I like to get my seaweed from http://www.theseaweedman.com it is a small East Coast company that has been run by the same man, Larch Hanson, for about 40 years. He sustainably harvests the seaweed and you can taste and see the difference from other seaweeds. It’s really good!

    It’s important to get your seaweed from an East Coast company because the Pacific is too polluted with radiation.

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