Seaweed is a known superfood among those who strive to eat healthier so it’s no surprise that as it continues to increase in popularity, so do all of the questions about seaweed. What does it taste like? How healthy is it? Can I only gain benefits by eating raw seaweed? Which seaweed should I eat? The list of questions goes on and on. Farmasea® is the official company for all Sea Veg® products, so we’ve answered numerous questions over the years to help people understand the many benefits of seaweed. Below are your questions about seaweed answered.
How many different kinds of seaweeds are there?
There are about 10 000 kinds of seaweeds in the world. They fall into three main groups: green, brown and red.
What Are the Different Types of Seaweed?
Scientists have categorized types of seaweed into different categories based on their pigments, cell structure, and other traits. The groups of seaweed that are commonly consumed include:
- Green algae
- Brown algae
- Red algae
- Blue-green algae
Are all seaweeds edible?
All seaweed is edible, though some are more nutritional value than other and some are more palatable than others. While all are edible, some can cause stomach upset. Brown seaweeds such as bull kelp, and giant kelp consist of carbohydrates that cannot be digested.
Are there certain oceans where seaweed is found and harvested?
Seaweeds are found throughout the world’s oceans and seas. Many are actually considered a great delicacy in many Asian countries. Seaweed is harvested either from naturally growing seaweed or from cultivated crops. The farming of seaweed has expanded rapidly as demand has outstripped the supply available from natural resources. Commercial harvesting occurs in about 35 countries, spread between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, in waters ranging from cold, through temperate, to tropical.
Why is seaweed considered healthy?
Seaweed and contribute to your weekly vegetable intake, which is 17.5 cups for women and 21 for men, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Like many other vegetables, seaweed is low in calories. Eating seaweed benefits your health because it provides a rich source of essential nutrients.
What nutrients are in seaweed?
Seaweed is a rich source of several vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and B vitamins. Seaweed also contains vitamin K. It is also a rich source of several minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron.
What are the health benefits of seaweed?
There are numerous studies that tout the many health benefits of seaweed. Below are a few of those benefits:
- Aids in digestion
- Heart health
- Weight loss
- Detoxification properties
- Iodine deficiency
- Regulates estrogen and estradiol levels
- Helps prevent inflammation
- Great source of antioxidants
Do I have to eat raw seaweed to enjoy the health benefits?
No! If you’re sold on the fact that seaweed is a healthy addition to your health routine, but simply can’t stomach the idea of eating seaweed, rejoice! You can actually enjoy all of the health benefits of seaweed by taking a high quality seaweed supplement like Sea Veg®. As more research has been conducted involving seaweed, the use of seaweed supplements has risen exponentially. Seaweed supplements are actually fairly common and may have a host of benefits in your health, similar to eating seaweed.
What do I look for in a supplement?
As savvy supplement shoppers know, not all supplements are the same. Look for one without fillers such as rice or bran. Find a supplement that contains a variety of seaweeds. Seek out a supplement that is a whole food supplement, ideally one that is 100 % vegetable.
If you’re ready to try as seaweed supplement or seaweed as part of your healthy diet, you’re in good company!
Do you have questions about seaweed or seaweed supplements that we didn’t answer here! Contact us! We’d be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.