S IS FOR SEA­WEED

Food - - Health-abet -

Sea­weed is a mir­a­cle food that comes in three va­ri­eties – red, brown and green. Sci­en­tific re­search is prov­ing that adding sea­weed to meals sup­ports bet­ter health be­cause it is es­pe­cially high in io­dine. One gram of brown sea­weed con­tains roughly five to 50 times the rec­om­mended daily in­take, while red and green va­ri­eties pro­vide slightly less (the ex­act io­dine con­tent de­pends on the wa­ter in which it’s grown). Re­search sug­gests sea­weed can also help reg­u­late es­tro­gen and estra­diol lev­els – two hor­mones re­spon­si­ble for proper de­vel­op­ment and func­tion of sex­ual or­gans – po­ten­tially re­duc­ing the risk of breast can­cer. Mean­while, a study led by sci­en­tists at New­cas­tle Univer­sity found that eat­ing sea­weed re­duced fat di­ges­tion by more than 75 per­cent. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant not to eat too much at once, as it can be trou­ble­some if you over­sup­ply the body with io­dine. A two-ta­ble­spoon serv­ing of sea­weed per week is a good amount to be­gin with.

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