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Could you be Iodine Deficient as a result of a Dairy Free Diet?

Dr Craig Rose summarises, why some people could be iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet (that is insufficient in iodine), and how seaweed may benefit it. Dairy Free Diets Approximately  three quarters of the world’s population may be dairy intolerant. Some people may choose to consume a dairy free diet as a lifestyle choice.  Others consume a dairy free diet to benefit their health as they are affected by an allergy or intolerance. A lifestyle choice to consume a dairy free diet, may relate to the ethics surrounding milk production.   According to Mayo Clinic of the definition of a lactose allergy “is an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to milk and products containing milk… allergies can cause anaphylaxis – a sever life-threatening reaction”. The definition of a lactose intolerance is when people “are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. As a result… the symptoms can be uncomfortable”. How Seaweed Benefits a Dairy Free Diet? Milk contains iodine, calcium, proteins, vitamins A, B12 and D. You may need to supplement these into your diet if you are dairy free. As you may not be getting enough, which could lead to consumers being iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet, insufficient in iodine. Lactose is a sugar found in milk, that aids the absorption of minerals like magnesium and zinc. These elements are vital for your body and cognitive development. Getting the right amount of these important vitamins and minerals may prove difficult. However, supermarkets today do have some fantastic dairy free products and dairy free ranges. They...

Seaweed Benefits the Normal Growth in Children

Vitamins and minerals are essential to a child’s growth for numerous reasons. If your child is a picky eater, they may not be getting essential nutrients through their food – adding seaweed to their diet could be an easy, and tasty solution. Here Doctor Seaweed® shows how seaweed benefits the normal growth in children. Growth of Children Children grow at a phenomenal rate. A study at the University of Denver states that “The birth to three years old period is the fasted rate of brain development across the entire human life span.” … “if babies’ bodies grew at the same rapid pace as their brains, they would weigh 170lb by one month of age”.[i] To ensure healthy growth of bodies and minds at a normal rate they need to consume essential vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamins A, C, D, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Iodine.  Vitamin A is essential for strengthening our eyesight, boosting our immune system, and play a part in the growth of bones. Vitamin C is an ascorbic acid, and helps to combat germs, infections and speed up the healing process. Vitamin D, ensures nutrient absorption, and healthy cell formation.  Calcium is important for the healthy growth of bones and muscle contraction. Iron is needed in the body to form the protein Haemoglobin, and Magnesium is essential for normal nerve and muscle functions. How Seaweed Benefits the normal growth in children As well as containing all the nutrients listed above, seaweed has an exceptional natural content of iodine.  The iodine content of our seaweed allows EU approved health claims specifically linked to the intake of sources...

How to include Seaweed in your Diet

What is it?…. Seaweed is an algae, and scientifically is referred to as marine macro-algae (that means the big algae that grows in the sea!) In general, seaweed is a highly sustainable resource, as it requires no land, freshwater or fertiliser to grow. Seaweed is possibly the most nutrient-rich superfood out there! In a recent article seaweed was named as number 4 out of the superfoods that could leave a lasting contribution on your health. Check out these recipes showing how to include Seaweed in your diet! 1. Marlene’s Macro Paella 2. Thai Crab and Seaweed Cakes 3. Parmesan, Poppy Seeds and Seaweed Biscuits 4. Roasted Beet Hummus 5. Creamy Red Lentil Soup Check out more recipes here: http://www.seaweedandco.com/seaweed-recipes/ How including Seaweed in your Diet can benefit? Salt Replacement – reducing the amount of salt in your diet, flavour and shelf life extension Seaweed has been well researched and used commercially as a natural safe salt replacement. Our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed contains natural glutamates that can enhance flavours in a product. Therefore, adding seaweed in your diet will mean, requiring less or no added salt in your food, to naturally enhance flavours. Iodine – Naturally rich in iodine, allowing EU approved health claims Iodine is essential for the normal functioning of your thyroid, which has many associated health benefits in the body. Our seaweed is a great source of iodine! At Seaweed & Co. our seaweed contains levels of iodine that allow for EU Approved Health Claims including:  Weight Management – increases satiety and blood sugar regulation. Specific species of seaweed have been found in research to reduce the...

DNA Authenticated Seaweed

During 2013, the Horse Meat scandal led to consumers losing their confidence in meat products, and the honestly of the paper trail. Without analytical, independent authentication of what meat is what, then people and companies can lie; and they did. Therefore, DNA authentication is increasingly used as a method where the results can’t lie, and can be independently verified. Find out how here at Seaweed and Co. we developed and use this process for our DNA Authenticated SeaweedTM. DNA Authentication A new US Government program is testing the reliability of DNA techniques for botanical identification. It is a voluntary study being carried out by AHPA (American Herbal Products Association). The aim of the DNA analysis study is to look at the effectiveness of currently used methods of DNA sequencing for botanical ingredients identification. The study will be spilt into two main steps. The first being a straightforward botanical identification. This should be a standard approach for most labs. The second part will be using a more challenging sample for botanical identification. This should test the labs capabilities, and the effectiveness therefore of the technique. Chief scientific officer of AHPA, Maged Sharaf said ‘being able to reliably use DNA to ID very similar samples is key to its reliability’. The purpose of the DNA study is to “look at the reality of the current DNA testing technologies and methods to see how successful they are”. DNA Authentication Standards In 2015, Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, tested herbal supplements and found four American retailers were allegedly selling fraudulent products! This led to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

Could Superfood Seaweed help fight disease?

Consumers are becoming more health conscious and instead of just calorie counting they are learning more about a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals. So, could natural whole foods, including superfood seaweed, with numerous vitamins and minerals help prevent and fight disease? What is a Superfood? A superfood is a nutrient rich food that should have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There is no official definition of a ‘superfood’ and in 2007 the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. Some examples of superfood’s that you would find everyday are: spinach; tomatoes; broccoli; and garlic. However, there are some less mainstream superfoods: sauerkraut, arugula, kale, goji berries; and seaweed! This is changing though, with many of these superfoods being seen in the supermarkets, and with more scientific evidence backing up their status. Why Superfood Seaweed? Seaweeds have a host of nutrients that could be beneficial for your health and your daily intake levels. There are many benefits of superfood seaweed! Research shows potential for reduction in fat absorption and blood sugar management.  EU Approved Health Claims even state the naturally rich level of iodine can contribute to energy yielding metabolism, and much more. Can Superfood Seaweed can prevent disease? Certain foods affect brain function more than other foods. Neuroprotection is an effect that has the capacity to salvage, regenerate and recover the nervous system. It helps in the defence of human cognitive disorders including: Dementia; Alzheimer’s disease; depression; and Bipolar disorder. A varied diet including nutrients like Zinc, B12 and Iodine affect neuroprotection[1]. Zinc is a trace element for human health, which is found in...

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Seaweed Snacks

Are you prone to a snack or two a day? Are they unhealthy and delicious, or healthy and delicious? Read on to find out more about the latter! Snacking in the UK is very popular with 93% of adults admitted to snacking over a two-week period and 63% of these snack once or more between meals a day. 57% of snackers say ‘I am trying to eat less snacks for health reasons (e.g. to reduce calories)’[i]. This shows that there is a market for healthy snacks. On a global scale the retail value growth of savoury snacks are set to overtake confectionary. Furthermore Euromonitor predicted that savoury snacks will grow by 5%, and confectionary only be 3.6% by the end of 2017. This trend is followed by Blogger Ella Mills, who launched Deliciously Ella Energy Balls in 2016.  Suitable for vegans they are dairy, and gluten free, as they use nuts along with only 6 other ingredients in the balls. Burt’s Crisps have also expanded their healthy snack range by adding Quinoa Crinkles in January 2017. Some examples of health snacks are: nuts; seeds; bars or biscuits; trail mixes; and pulses. Why Pulses? Like seaweed, pulses are a powerful superfood and furthermore have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries. A pulse is an edible seed of a plant from the legume family, some examples are: baked beans; lentils; chickpeas; broad beans; garden peas; edamame beans; and kidney beans. Healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Also growing pulses promotes sustainable agriculture, indirectly reduce Greenhouse gases, and use less water to grow than other crops. They...