*collaboration post with Goodness Me!*
Have you heard of sea vegetables yet? If you haven’t, this will be the perfect way to get up to speed on all of its glorious benefits. Already eating these lovely detoxifying goodies? Read on to learn more about which ones are best for particular health concerns and how to make sure you’re consuming a quality product.
What exactly are sea vegetables anyway?
If you’ve eaten sushi, you’ve had sea vegetables. This category of food items is also known as edible seaweeds and includes any of these ocean grasses that grow underwater, absorbing minerals and nutrients along the way. Sushi rolls are wrapped in a specific type of seaweed called Nori, but there are many other varieties that all carry unique benefits & are fun to add to regular cooking.
Sea vegetables: the ultimate detoxer for heavy metals & thyroid support
It has long been known that seaweeds can help to draw out toxins in the water where they live, but the same can be said about the metals built up within our body. If sea vegetables are known for 2 main benefits, one of them would be detoxification (the other, a rich source of iodine for thyroid problems). Let’s examine which sea vegetables are best for each of these health concerns and how to safely incorporate them into the diet.
This popular green algae (officially not a sea vegetable but contains many of the same properties) is the easiest to add to your daily routine. It contains high amounts of chlorophyll, iron and plant-based protein (which can account for up to 60% of its weight). From a detox perspective, it makes a fantastic remover of the heavy metal arsenic. Try adding a teaspoon of the powder in your next smoothie and start to feel the immediate energy-boosting effects of the green goodness!
A type of red seaweed that contains high amounts of iron, protein and makes an excellent detoxifying snack. It’s great eaten on its own, sprinkled on organic popcorn or added to soups. The best sources are found right off the east coast of Canada in the Atlantic (who knew!).
Many people know about this brown seaweed as the thyroid supporter. It’s true, kelp is one of the highest sources of iodine of all sea vegetables (alongside Kombu that’s often found in miso soup). A single gram of kelp can contain as much as 1500 mcg of iodine (more than the recommended upper limit but necessary for some individuals with sluggish thyroid function)!
A note on quality:
Although sea vegetables are powerful detoxifiers and mineral suppliers, it is important to always purchase from a quality company who harvests sustainably and ideally who is certified organic. Most seaweeds will contain traces of heavy metals that they have absorbed by growing naturally in their aquatic habitat, but they do not release these metals within the body (instead they act as a sponge to continue to soak up more toxins). Always talk with your naturopathic or functional medicine doctor before consuming high doses of sea vegetables in order to determine what’s best for you.
Which sea vegetable to you love most & why? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!