High quality seaweed supplements such as Sea Veg® are whole food supplements, which make them healthier and more nutritious than many synthetic supplements on the market. If you look at the label, one item you’ll notice is sea lettuce which usually brings to mind the lettuce we all see in a salad bar or in the grocery store, but sea lettuce is really quite amazing and nutritious! Here’s an overview of what exactly sea lettuce is, and 5 facts you never knew about sea lettuce and why we included it in our natural, multi-nutritional supplement.
What is sea lettuce?
Sea lettuce is the “salad greens” of sea vegetables. This leafy, bright green seaweed can be eaten in salads or added to soups. Delicious when raw with a distinctive flavor and aroma, sea lettuce is exceptionally rich in nutrients. It is a good source of protein, iron, minerals, fiber, and vitamins A, B, and C. Sea lettuce is one of the most important sea vegetables in the human diet. This seaweed has a rather crumpled appearance and is reminiscent of a lettuce leaf, hence the common name most people know it by.
Is it nutritious?
As stated above, it is rich in nutrients. It also has also iron, iodine, manganese, aluminum, and nickel as well as sodium, potassium, calcium, nitrogen, phosphorous, magnesium, cobalt, boron, and trace elements. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Let’s get to those 5 facts about sea lettuce
Now that we know what it is and how nutritious it is, here are a few facts you may not know about sea lettuce!
First fact: It can help with keeping blood sugar under control. How? The high soluble fiber content of sea lettuce slows down the rate at which food is digested, thus helping to balance and regulate the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream.
Second fact: It has robust antioxidant properties. Sea lettuce is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that can neutralize free radical damage, thereby guarding us from a myriad of health conditions such as macular degeneration and cancer. Additionally, this nutrient rich seaweed has excellent skin-boosting properties.
Third fact: It’s a great source for calcium and magnesium. Sea lettuce is nutrient dense in both minerals, so it is an ideal food for building bones and to help in preventing osteoporosis. 100 grams of sea lettuce provide us with 490 milligrams of calcium and 3200 milligrams of magnesium. While everyone knows that calcium is good for our bones and teeth, most people don’t realize that we also need magnesium to help us absorb it.
Fourth fact: It’s more like the lettuce we see in the grocery store than you think. Like lettuce grown on land, the sea lettuce can be used in salads and soups. A little fun fact here: Sea lettuce is used to make ice creams and other food products.
Fifth fact: It can be used as a salt substitute. Similar to dulse, you can use as a salt substitute or when you want a salty, ocean flavor in a dish.
Interested in getting this fascinating plant into your diet? While there are several websites that showcase sea lettuce recipes, you can also find this wonderful plan in Sea Veg® from FarmaSea®. So, whether you’re inspired to cook with, put it in a soup or sauce as an extra healthy boost, or simply take a seaweed supplement, you now know a few more facts about sea lettuce to help you decide!