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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...

Finding a vegan protein source: the 10 best ingredients to choose

Protein is key to every diet, including vegetarian and vegan. But what is the most beneficial vegan protein source out there?   Protein appears in fish, meat and eggs — we all know this — but finding a delicious vegan protein source is a lot easier than you might think. Protein helps to build and repair our bodies, so what vegan foods can you find it in? 10. Nutritional yeast Nutritional yeast is a great vegan protein source because it’s so versatile. It possesses an almost cheesy flavour and comes in both powder and flake form, meaning it’s commonly dusted over meals just like parmesan. It’s also rich in magnesium, zinc and all the B vitamins. 9. Lentils Not only can you use lentils in soup, dhal or salads, but they’re also a great place to find fibre and they’re rich in protein. 8. Tempeh Filled with probiotics, tempeh is an easily-digestible vegan protein source which contains twice as much protein as better known choices like tofu. 7. Teff Teff is an ancient grain which is full of protein, a bit like spelt but without the high gluten levels. 6. Quinoa There’re plenty of reasons why quinoa has proven to be such a popular vegan protein source. Grown from grasses, it can be refined into flour or used in seed form. 5. Seitan Although containing some gluten as it is derived from wheat, seitan also possesses a huge amount of nutritional goodness. Use it as a meat substitute as it’s the perfect main vegan protein source for any meal. 4. Hemp seed Hemp seeds are an easy vegan protein source, and are...

Research into seaweed

Incredible results found through research into seaweed involving Doctor Seaweed published in Algal Research Doctor Seaweed himself has discovered some eye-opening findings through research into seaweed, demonstrating that there’s always more to learn about this fascinating oceanic plant. The research into seaweed by Doctor Seaweed® and his peers – published in Algal Research – aimed to research the effects of reproductive sterility on the green seaweed Ulva rigida, in hopes of finding that reproductive sterility could help exploit the seaweed for commercial applications. This research into seaweed was inspired by findings from previous research into seaweed, many of which came across difficulties maintaining Ulva species in the vegetative state, as the formation and release of reproductive cells often stopped Ulva growth entirely and sometimes led to disintegration. These results were surprising for researchers, as the Ulva species is known for its high growth rates and tolerance of a variety of environments. It has been implemented into food, biofuel feedstock and plays a role in the delivery of wastewater and CO2 remediation services – and all of this has resulted in a high distribution of the species commercially. The use of Ulva commercially meant that it became vital to find robust strains of the species and find a way to exploit it effectively, and this was the precise aim of the research into seaweed published in Algal Research by Doctor Seaweed®. The method of this research into seaweed involved obtaining a sterile mutant of Ulva rigida by mutating a wild type strain of the same species, using ultraviolet radiation. The research into seaweed aimed to develop a sterile strain which...

Seaweed Ingredients – Number 1 Trend for 2017

Here at Seaweed & Co., we are absolutely delighted to see our seaweed ingredients recognised as the NUMBER 1 Trend for 2017.  A recent report highlights Plant Power Trends, with Seaweed Ingredients as the number one.  This report features The Food Doctor’s Seasoned Corn and Smoked Seaweed Coated Edamame Bead as the example product (and it is our Smoked Seaweed Ingredients) Seaweed and seaweed ingredients have, over the past few years, been highlighted as THE food of the future.  Increasingly we are seeing seaweed in major retailers and mainstream brands.  This is due to the many functional benefits offered from seaweed ingredients, and the fact seaweed ingredients are on-trend as a natural, sustainable wholefood. The functional benefits of our unique seaweed ingredients include: Salt replacement, and flavour boosts Nutritional Enhancement Natural Iodine Supplementation, enabling EU Approved Health Claims Potential in weight and blood sugar management All these benefits come from seaweed ingredients that are clean label, natural, sustainable and sourced in Scotland. Our proprietary and innovative production techniques result in seaweed ingredients that offer multiple health and nutrition benefits, excellent flavours, and ease of application across many food, beverage and nutritional categories. With seaweed ingredients on trend for 2017, now is the time to really push the development of products that benefit from seaweed. In the past year or so, every major supermarket in the UK has launched and stocked products based around seaweed.  These include soups in Sainsbury’s, fresh seaweeds in Tesco, biscuits and condiments in Marks and Spencer, plus many more examples. Furthermore, in the past 15 years or so, we have seen a rapid growth in...

Seaweed for weight loss: Obesity and diabetes at Food Matters Live

Dr Craig Rose will be speaking on seaweed for weight loss at Food Matters Live this November.  The event covers many topics, and with a specific seminar on Obesity and Weight Management in diabetes.  This includes Dr Rose, who will talk on “Seaweed: the ingredient to benefit weight management and tackle diabetes?” Food Matters Live is billed as the UK’s only cross-sector event.  It brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future. Having spoken at previous Food Matters Live events on seaweed for salt replacement, and seaweed as a sustainable future food, Dr Rose has been invited back.  With on-going research on the benefits and potential of seaweed to address obesity and diabetes, and evidence of seaweed for weight loss, seaweed is an ideal fit for this year’s event. In addition to excellent speakers and exhibitors, making the whole event worth a visit, the seminar on Obesity and Weight Management in diabetes, will be on Thursday 24th November 2016. Seaweed for weight loss Seaweed for weight loss has had a traditional application, with more recent advances and research understanding the mechanisms.  Seaweed & Co. is at the forefront of this research, with partners including Newcastle University medical school.  The University has been researching specific seaweed extracts (alginates), which have proven seaweed for weight loss is very positive.  The seaweed extracts can reduce fat absorption, which means fats pass through the body without leading to weight gain.  This work continues. In addition, seaweed for weight loss and diabetes is...

Seaweed Superfood – its official!

Channel 4’s Superfoods programme was aired this week in the UK, and confirmed (what we’ve know all along!) that seaweed is a superfood!! Seaweed superfood is something that has been highlighted many times before.  In this programme the seaweed superfood attributes of weight management and reducing fat absorption were highlighted Presenter Kate Quilton explored the benefits of seaweed, with particular focus on the weight management and fat reducing capabilities of seaweed.  During this focus on seaweed superfood, Kate visited Dr Matthew Wilcox of Newcastle University.  Dr Wilcox demonstrated how specific compounds in seaweeds can reduce fat absorption, which could lead to weight loss. Dr Wilcox is a research collaborator with Seaweed & Co., and a member of our Expert Panel. Watch the programme here… Interestingly also, Kate visited Japan to see how seaweed there as a staple food is eaten.  There was a plethora of options ranging from some really tasty, to some rather strange! From visits around a cafe in the UK, it was clear that Western tastes are not yet ready for a big slab of seaweed on their plate.  However, used as an ingredient within foods, such as sausage, baked goods, soups and more, seaweed superfood offers huge potential as a true “superfood.” Seaweed Superfood Seaweed & Co.’s unique supply and quality is leading the market with our seaweed, as dried and milled ingredients, with multiple benefits including: Replacing Salt and Boosting Flavour Enhancing Nutrition Enabling EU Approved Health Claims Along with Dr Wilcox, we are leading research on the weight management and blood sugar management potential of our unique seaweed supplies and technologies. The format...