Sea vegetables are the ocean’s vitamin and mineral store. They are high in iron and calcium, they also provide vitamin A, vitamin B complex, magnesium, potassium and iodine. These sea veggies also contain lots of valuable trace minerals, including – copper, selenium and zinc. Today most vegetables we are familiar with lack this diversity of nutrients.
It is worth noting that sea vegetable such as, kombu, bladderwrack (also good for thyroid and kidney imbalances and weight loss), arame, wakame, dulse (also a tonic for the kidneys and bladder), and hijiki contain alginic acid that binds and expels heavy metals and radioactive substances from the body. And of course, as noted above, they are good sources of iodine.
Try including them in your meals by adding them to casseroles, soups, rice and/or bean dishes, stews and salads. Or try eating them by themselves 🙂 You can also make Bladderwrack tea. Besides being great for the thyroid gland, it is soothing and nourishing in nature and helps re-mineralise the body. Bladderwrack also contains alginic acid so it helps with digestive problems like constipation. You can learn more about Bladderwrack here, and buy it here.
Seaweeds in their natural form (or in flakes, flat sheets, and powders) can be found at your local health food store, and at Asian grocery stores.
Use sea vegetables with caution in cases of hyperthyroidism.
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried Bladderwrack
- 1 cup water
As decoction – simmer for at least 1 hour.