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Seaweed Benefits in 2017

As the New Year begins, there are a plethora of articles on seaweed benefits for a healthy start to 2017.  This is true all around the world. From the UK, to India to South Africa. These seaweed benefits include helping address weight management, which is so often the New Year burden after an indulgent Christmas period. Research on seaweed benefits has shown that key seaweeds, and their specific compounds, can aid with weight loss and management in a few different ways.  These include: Fat Absorption: Research on specific seaweed polysaccharides has shown that there is inhibition of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats.  This means less fat is absorbed, and more just passes through the body and is excreted. Satiety: Research on these polysaccharides has shown that their natural gelling agent, and delayed stomach emptying may result in actual increased feeling of fullness. A paper published on this highlights that those eating seaweed enriched bread ate significantly less calories at a subsequent meal as compared to those eating a control bread. Blood sugar management: Research on specific seaweed polyphenols has shown inhibition of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of carbohydrates. This means that carbohydrates are broken down more slowly, which means a slower release of sugars to the blood.  It could be regarded as similar to eating a slow release food like porridge versus a high sugar food like milk chocolate that gives an initial high spike in blood sugar, and then a crash which may make you hungry again. Metabolism: Iodine is a key trace element present in seaweeds. Ensuring the right species from the right supply...

Seaweed Supply Can Restore Your Energy and Cheer You Up!

A good seaweed supply into our diet could make you feel more energetic throughout the day, replacing coffee and energy drinks, a University of Texas study suggests. One cup of coffee, two cups of coffee, three cups … this is what we usually do to stay focused throughout the day. It is commonly thought that caffeine may negatively affect health, but Doctor Seaweed is a big a coffee fan as are many. As such, I’m not saying that coffee is bad for you, I just think seaweed is better! Energy drinks are also considered to be another solution to fight sluggishness. However, sugar is the main component of any energy drink, which can boost your energy but for a short period of time only. Apart from that the amount of sugar in various energy drinks sometimes is seen as ”unhealthy”. So what about taking a closer look at seaweed if you are tired? Seaweed could recharge and boost your energy with lasting impact. How does seaweed work? As I wrote about last week, seaweed is a rich, and natural source of iodine (1 teaspoon of our seaweed contains as much iodine as 12 mackerels). Iodine helps maintain the necessary amount of the thyroid hormones, which regulates metabolism. In fact, our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed allows a EU Approved Health Claim stating it contributes to a high energy yielding metabolism. Another benefit of seaweed nutrition is the iron content. Iron is another much needed mineral to help with energy levels, and contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. Seaweed, as part of your balanced diet, can help you reach the...