Seaweed: Kelp, Kombu, Wakame

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Seaweed: Kelp, Kombu, Wakame

You’ve likely chewed on seaweed wrapped around a sushi roll, but few Westerners would consider picking up a bag of the stuff at the grocery store. A member of the algae family, edible seaweed typically comes in three varieties: brown, red, and green. Seaweed is filled with antioxidants, calcium, and a broad range of vitamins, but we're just getting started. Seaweed’s best-known benefit is that it is an extraordinary source of iodine, which is critical to maintaining a healthy thyroid. Studies have shown seaweed is an extraordinarily potent source of antioxidants and also helps prevent inflammation. Seaweed is also a particularly good food for women, being linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer and helping regulate estrogen levels.

Nutritionals

  • Iodine
  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber
  • Calcium
  • Folic Acid
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium

Health Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Contains iodine, critical for thyroid health 
  • Can help lower cholesterol
  • Anticarcinogenic properties
  • Boosts the immune system