8 Reasons why Seaweed is your new BFF
Published on 15/03/2016
Seaweed, not the best-looking thing we’ve ever seen, but the benefits of munching on the green stuff are incredible. Jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients, as well as low in carbohydrates and calories, our new found friend is an all-around body enriching superfood. Here’s why it’s so special…
1. It’ll work wonders on your skin
Our skin craves zinc, magnesium, omegas and antioxidants, and this is exactly what’s packed into seaweed. All of these amazing vitamins help the skin cells rid themselves of toxins, leaving us with glowing, luminous skin.
2. Low in calories
Seaweed is unbelievably low in calories; 100g of the marine algae is around 43 calories. Per 100g there’s around 0.6g of fat and 1.7g of protein, if you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle then seaweed should absolutely be part of your diet.
3. Reduces bloating
The magnesium found within seaweed flushes out excess fluid. As it’s a natural diuretic it detoxifies, which helps reduce bloating, preventing that after dinner swelling.
4. It’ll stop your late afternoon cravings
After you’ve munched on your seaweed, it rehydrates your stomach, which makes you feel fuller for longer; resulting is no late afternoon binges – small wins!
5. Potentially boosts weight loss
With a high concentration of iodine, seaweed helps stimulate the thyroid gland which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism. Whilst at the same time the minerals act like electrolytes, helping break down the chemical bonds that seal the fat cells together.
6. Aids hair growth
The omega-3 fatty acids can feed hair follicles, stimulating growth and preventing hair loss. Iron and zinc (a vital mineral for healthy hair, skin and nails) can also help maintain hair production by protecting the protein structure that makes up healthy hair follicles.
7. Helps with sexy time
Seaweed has been linked to an increase in libido and energy levels for both men and women. Vitamin E can assist in producing healthy sperm too.
8. More vitamin C than Oranges
The amount of vitamin C in seaweed is unreal. It’s essential in helping protect cells and keeping them healthy, as it’s a water soluble vitamin we don’t store it in our bodies, therefore, we need a dosage of the good stuff every day. Vitamin C is also involved with the production of collagen, which helps maintain healthy connective tissues which are instrumental in supporting the structure of our tissues and organs.
We suggest chowing down on seaweed; you won’t find a more beneficial vegetable than this. This also gives us an excuse to head to Yo! Sushi…