Seaweed…it’s not just for sushi anymore!
Sushi might be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of seaweed. Or maybe we picture the slimy green ribbons floating on the surface of the ocean. Either way, seaweed has had a resurgence, in a big way.
It's now a known superfood that’s loaded with nutrients and has become a health-food store favorite. Whether it’s wrapped around sushi rolls, made into chips, or used as a salad ingredient, seaweed is a delicious and nutritious ocean vegetable that’s making a splash.
Not all seaweeds are created equal, but they are all nutritious.
The types to look out for are:
- Wakame (dark green)
- Kombu (dark green)
- Nori (“purple laver”, purplish-red)
- Dulse (reddish)
- Hijiki (brown)
- Irish moss (purple and red)
- Sea lettuce (blue-green)
So, what’s in seaweed that's so good for us?
Fiber: prebiotic fiber, which feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Antioxidants: vitamins A, C and E fight against cellular damage that comes with age.
Vitamins: K for bones, and B vitamins for cellular function.
Minerals: (Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Copper): iodine is essential for thyroid hormones, and minerals play many roles in overall health.
Protein: a full array of amino acids your body needs.
Seaweed as a supplement is also becoming quite popular because of its impressive nutrient profile. But be aware that if you take it as a supplement, make sure you’re not getting too much iodine. Eating too much iodine can affect your thyroid. And, since seaweed is very absorbent, it also might contain heavy metals from the ocean environment.
The benefits of seaweed go beyond being nutritious. It’s also an excellent addition to your skincare routine. Skin benefits include hydration, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, decreasing oil production, soothing inflammatory skin conditions, reducing hyperpigmentation, and exfoliating. Wow, that’s one powerful sea plant.
Skincare products that contain seaweed are good for acne prone skin, skin with dark spots, rosacea, sensitive, dry and aging skin. You’ll find it as an ingredient in all types of skincare products, such as cleansers, exfoliants, body washes, creams and eye treatments.
Also, your hair will love seaweed for its hydrating, repairing, and protective properties! It’s even said to help with hair growth because it stimulates the follicles.
Check out our products here at Nurture My Body that contain seaweed for sea-worthy skin and hair!