Oct 2, 2009

Seaweed and daily diet

Of all the snacks on the shelf of the junk food section in a hypermarket, one particular packing just seemed to have grabbed my attention the most. The label read: "Japanese Crispy Seaweed". There is also some description stating that the product is "delicious with good nutrients from the sea".

Seaweed has been consumed in Asia since a very long time ago. Here are some of the health benefits which were proven by the science and technology of our era.

We can get all the vitamins and minerals we need for our body. These minerals include calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, and zinc; and vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6 and B12. We can hardly get any vitamin V12 from land vegetables.

The consumption of seaweed leads to the expulsion of toxic pollutants from our body. Seaweed contains alginic acid, which bonds with heavy metals in our intestine to form an indigestible substance. This substance then leaves the human body along with all the other indigestible matters we consume.

Seaweed also promotes a healthier hair growth. Notice that most Japanese have nice long hair. The high mineral content in seaweed helps turn the existing hair into a much thicker and shinier hair.

Besides all the points mentioned above, the consumption of seaweed would help to enrich our bloodstream, plus to maintain the youthfulness our mind and body.

With all these health benefits, no wonder the Japanese are consuming seaweed as part of their daily diet and nutrition. Perhaps we could follow them so as to have a healthier life.