Sea Won­der

India Today - - SNAPSHOT -

The new­est en­trant in the su­per food depart­ment with re­ported ben­e­fits rang­ing from heart pro­tec­tion to weight loss, is sea weed. Bizarre as it may sound, re­searchers are cur­rently study­ing the po­ten­tially pro­tec­tive com­pounds in eight species of seaweed from Ire­land and Canada that may help re­duce blood clots and hard­en­ing of ar­ter­ies. A sim­i­lar claim was made in a re­cent re­port pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Agri­cul­tural and Food Chem­istry, which re­viewed al­most 100 pre­vi­ous stud­ies and con­cluded that some seaweed pro­teins work just like blood pres­sure medicine. And in an­i­mal re­search a com­po­nent in brown seaweed was shown to help rats burn more body fat. So the next time you go out for sushi, help your­self to a side or­der of this won­der food, stay fit and healthy.

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