Seaweeds, sea herbs and sea vegetables are known to be some of the richest sources of nutrition, minerals, vitamins and health benefits as well. The list of these healthy and exceptionally nutritious seaweeds is very long. Here are some of those who are considered superfoods owing to their extraordinary nutritional value and healing powers:
1. Spirulina — this is a sea herb that is believed to be the oldest life forms on the Terra Firma (earth). The nutrition content of this superfood is such that if you never ate anything else in your life, you could survive of spirulina and water alone — and maintain top health condition.
Spirulina consists of 70 percent protein (more than in soybeans or chicken or beef), 10 non-essential amino acids and all the 8 essential amino acids. It is also a source of Vitamin B12, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, gamma linoleic acid (GLA), nucleic acids DNA & RNA, arachidonic acid and linoleic acid among many others.
Spirulina health benefits can fill a book. It boosts the immune system, enhances the power of the body to absorb minerals, reduces cholesterol and provides all the necessary nutrients human body requires to function optimally.
2. Chlorella — like spirulina, chlorella too is a superfood from the sea. It is a rich source of Vitamins (E, C, B12, B6, B2, B1 and A), minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium), all 8 essential amino acids and chlorophyll among others.
Its health benefits, like any superfood are many. One of the best health benefits of Chlorella is that is has excellent ability to detoxify the body. It binds to impurities, metals, toxins and harmful chemical compounds and brings them out of the body. It also prevents and fights cancer.
3. Dulse — this seaweed is an extraordinary antioxidant, concentrated source of protein and iodine. Among the top health benefits it offers are improving thyroid function, enhancing brain function, improves digestion, provides body with Vitamins (A, B6 and B12), minerals (manganese, phosphorous, potassium and iron), heals the liver and detoxifies the body.