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Seaweed Health Benefits – Food as a Medicine

There are lots of potential seaweed health benefits: seaweed for nutrition; weight loss; and blood sugar management. So why aren’t we using food seaweed as a medicine, and accessing these incredible seaweed health benefits?! The problem Expenditure for the NHS for 2015/2016 was £116.4 billion, and the overall NHS expenditure on medicines in 2015/2016 was £16.8 billion. These figures are phenomenal and have risen year on year and they will continue to. The population is constantly increasing with an expected 9.8bn in 2050, and so the amount of medicines and cost of medicines can only increase! Chris Thoen, Chief technology innovation officer at Givaudan believes that we need to find solutions to these problems and food innovation could help. “One of the social challenges is healthcare – the cost of healthcare. It is much better to prevent and keep people at the optimism of their quality of life versus letting it slip and having to start treating disease.” Thoen observes. The food sector is expected to respond by focusing innovation on products and foods that prevent illness and keep people healthier for longer. Prescriptions of paracetamol last year cost the NHS £70.18 million. This could be avoided, by consuming a diet that gives you more vitamins and minerals, to help prevent illness. Foods as medicines Turmeric – has a range of benefits due Curcumin (the yellow pigment) and is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, Turmeric and Curcumin have antioxidant properties and have been compared to NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Kanuka Honey – You may have heard of Manuka Honey, but this is it’s...

Iodine Deficiency – How Seaweed Can Help

How much do you know about iodine deficiency and how seaweed can help? Here Dr Craig Rose explains: What is iodine and iodine deficiency Iodine is a naturally occurring element, found in foods such as dairy, fish and other seafoods, but in very limited amounts in land based fruits and vegetables. Iodine is needed for the body to make thyroid hormones, which control the body’s metabolism and other important functions. These other functions include brain and bone development during pregnancy and infancy. Iodine deficiency is a lack of the trace element iodine, which is an essential nutrient in human diets. A diet insufficient in iodine can lead to IDD (Iodine Deficiency Disorder) and a response to this is that the thyroid gland increases in size (goitre) and hypothyroidism will occur. A report from the Iodine Global Network says that the UK “now ranks seventh among the ten most iodine-deficient countries on the list.” 76% of UK girls are iodine sufficient, meaning that they aren’t consuming enough iodine as part of a balanced diet. These are shocking figures that can’t be ignored! Am I at risk of iodine deficiency Various groups of people could be at risk of iodine deficiency if they have a diet insufficient in iodine. Groups most commonly at risk of iodine deficiency are children, pregnant women, consumers of a dairy free diet, vegan, vegetarian or paleo diet. Milk is the UK’s principal dietary source of iodine, so the exclusion of dairy in a vegan and dairy free diets puts them at risk of inadequate iodine intake. The Paleo diet excludes dairy from participants diets, the risk...

Seaweed Nutrition Facts, that you didn’t know

In case you didn’t already know, seaweed is full of nutrients! Here Doctor Seaweed® will tell you some seaweed nutrition facts that will leave you bewildered! Some basic facts There are over 10,000 different species of marine macroalgae (seaweeds!) globally, with 650 of these around the UK alone. Most of the world’s oxygen (~70%) comes from seaweed and microscopic algae’s. Some seaweed’s can grow up to 3 foot a day! Seaweed’s contain an abundance of nutrients needed in our diet, and many of which are essential nutrients. All seaweed is good, some is better… and ours is the best! Our Seaweed Nutrition Figures At Seaweed & Co. we supply our Patent Pending Hebridean Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed, amongst a few other select species. Adding just 1tsp of Hebridean Ascophyllum to your food could help to contribute to your recommended daily intake levels of: These figures show amazing levels of seaweed nutrition. Alongside calcium, potassium, iron and iodine, Ascophyllum nodosum contains over 60 other vitamins minerals and trace elements that are all essential to human health as part of a varied and healthy diet. If you are interested in finding out more about our seaweed nutrition, please get in touch. Why our seaweed is better If our seaweed nutrition facts haven’t amazed you enough, here are some reasons why our seaweed is the best! Sustainably Wild Harvested Sourced from the Pristine Waters of the Outer Hebridean Islands Harvested and processed using Patent Pending techniques Ascophyllum nodosum is a sustainably scalable species World-class transparent traceability system, from ‘Sea to Store’ with unique DNA Authentication Our seaweed is accredited for quality and traceability...

Seaweed and Weight Management – how seaweed can help

NutraIngredients USA are focusing on numerous issues in the health and nutraceutical markets throughout 2018 with a different focus each month. January’s focus is weight management, and Doctor Seaweed® is going to explain how seaweed and weight management can work together to benefit us all! Mediterranean Diet to help Combat Type 2 Diabetes. The Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy living and diets of people in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (France, Greece, Italy, Spain etc). The diet includes foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, and tree nuts. These foods, like seaweed, have natural nutraceutical content – flavonoids, polyphenols, sterols, alkaloids, pigments, terpenoids and unsaturated fatty acids. Regular consumption of these foods could intensify the antioxidant, anti-cholesterol and anti-inflammatory activity, which for type 2 diabetes are important for prevention and management. Seaweed can be eaten as part of a Mediterranean diet, and contains many natural nutraceuticals as it is incredibly nutrient rich. Our unique and Patent Pending Hebridean Ascophyllum is a good source of iodine, and has EU approved health claims regarding these levels. Specifically, our seaweeds contain a range of polyphenols, which have been show in scientific research to naturally inhibit amylase activity during digestion.  This results in a slower breakdown of carbohydrates, and thus a slower release of sugars to the blood.  By reducing this glycaemic response, it is analogous to eating porridge (slow energy release) as opposed to chocolate (fast energy release), which can keep you fuller longer and help manage potential aspects concern for pre-diabetics, and is one of the benefits of seaweed and weight management. Furthermore, specific polysaccharides within our seaweeds...