Seaweed is a new superfood, you never knew about, be it on your salads or on your facemask recipe. Seaweed brings some of the avoided nutrients to your platter.
Seaweeds are far more complex organisms than generally realised as slimy, slippery and has been heralded as the new, must-have superfood. These are generally red and brown algae are almost exclusively marine, and extremely versatile and is packed with highly nutritious benefits which is used in many dishes and for beauty treatments.
Thanks to their impressive nutritional profile, seaweeds are beneficial to health and are thought to help the body fight illness and disease. Coming in a multitude of colours, textures, shapes and sizes seaweed grows in the ocean and is rich in antioxidants, fibre, and Omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain a rich supply of minerals, most prominently calcium, copper, iodine and iron. Seaweed contains a molecule known as fucoidans which is actually believed to be a secret for longer life expectancy amongst the Japanese. Seaweeds are not only responsible for these impressive health benefits, to overall life expectancy, but also to increase immunity and cardiovascular function.
Indian dishes might not convince you to keep sea greens but you can always try it with Soups or Salads. Also, you can the seaweed powder to your smoothies.
While some people enjoy eating seaweed, other people love putting seaweed on their skin in order to get the great skin benefits this algae offers. Seaweed can help our skin in many ways. The same mix of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants that can benefit your body when you eat seaweed can also help your skin when you apply seaweed to it. The antioxidants in seaweed can help prevent free radical damage to the skin and protect against skin aging. In addition, seaweed can moisturize and calm the skin. It is also good at combating acne. You can find seaweed in such products as Skinella Seaweed Insta Glow Face Mask to apply to your skin for your mask.
Seaweed Body Wrap Recipe to detox body
A seaweed body wrap is a very popular detoxification treatment in many spas around the world.
In 3 cups of warm water, mix 1 cup of seaweed powder, ½ cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup bentonite clay, 2 tsp of dried powdered ginger. Wrap it with Seaweed sheets or plastic wrap and leave for 30 mins. It pulls out toxins from deep within the skin pores which helps with many skin ailments caused by toxin buildup including cellulite and can aid in general well-being, relieving aches and pains temporarily.
Seaweed is easily available online.