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Where do we go to discover new ways to get healthy? Japan!

We all want to find new ways to get healthy. One way is to get inspiration from other cultures. Japan encourages healthy living, so what can we learn from them about different ways to get healthy?   Japan has one of the longest living populations in the world. Doctor Seaweed® is looking for new ways to get healthy, so we turned our attention east to see what makes Japan so healthy, and how seaweed fits into it all. New ways to get healthy include… walking! Japanese citizens might not be in the gym every day pumping iron, but their daily life tends to involve a lot of walking, which is one of the simplest ways to get healthy. There are almost 215 million licensed drivers in the US, showing just how much Americans rely on their cars to get around. In Japan however, most people use public transport, and all that moving between trains, travelling to platforms and walking to work from the station means people are getting up and walking a lot more than if they were sat in a car. And there are loads of great areas for walking in Japan, even in big cities like Tokyo. Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Park are popular spots for exercise, and there’s even a ‘pedestrian paradise’ on weekends which involves several major city roads being shut down for vehicles. New ways to get healthy include… biking! Over 70 million people in Japan own a bike, and over 10 million bikes are sold every year. Bikes are a staple of Japanese culture, and one of the most popular ways to get...

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 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...

Gingered Orange Pumpkin Soup (with added seaweed nutrition)

She’s done it again – Marlene Watson-Tara has provided yet another amazing recipe, with added seaweed nutrition. It may be starting to feel a bit warmer, but a lovely bowl of delicious and healthy soup is still very much required. Gingered Orange Pumpkin Soup with a Swirl of Almond Cream The combination of pumpkin and fresh ginger root is soothing and satisfying. Other ingredients that pair well with ginger in soups include sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, lentils and apples. Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious pumpkin and ginger soup: Ingredients 1 tsp. sesame oil 2 onions diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger ¼ tsp Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed 6 cups diced butternut squash or pumpkin available 5 cups water 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice Grated zest from one orange Scant pinch nutmeg Cracked black pepper (if desired) 3 springs flat-leaf parsley, finely diced Almond Cream Instructions Place oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and seaweed and sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add squash, water, orange juice, zest and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat to low and cook until squash is quite soft, about 30 minutes. Blend until smooth. Stir in a spoonful of almond cream and serve garnished with orange slices, zest and parsley. Seaweed Nutrition This wonderfully warm and tasty recipe is another great example of how to easily include seaweed nutrition, and its many benefits into your daily diet. The benefits of our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed include salt replacement, nutritional enhancement (specifically iodine, which enable EU Approved Health Claims...

Back to school: Iodine rich foods are important for our children’s memory and is another seaweed benefit!

Iodine is an essential trace element, and our body really needs it to stay healthy and fit. Our children are about to be back to schools again. That’s why it is high time to discuss iodine rich foods and their importance for development and growth. The truth is there are not many iodine rich foods and the only product that people usually name on spot is sea fish and iodized salt. In fact a recent study highlight just how little people know about sources of iodine. On the other hand, salt is not the best option for your health as we generally eat to much. However, you may be surprised to know that seaweed is an excellent source of natural iodine. In fact, various types of algae are even included in some treatment programmes. This superfood is also well known as an effective salt replacer, and so you can kill two birds with one stone! Why do we need iodine rich foods and how much seaweed supply should we eat to keep a safe and normal level? According to the NHS, we have to consume just 0.14 milligram of iodine a day. It doesn’t sound much, does it? However, it is now well established and reported that the UK has an insufficient iodine intake, and seaweed can be a very good natural source. It is essential to maintain your daily iodine intake and there are three main reasons for that: It contributes to the production of thyroid hormones and they are responsible for metabolism and a range of other functions. According to the Global Burden of Disease study almost...