7 Reasons Seaweed Belongs In Your Diet and Beauty Routine
Oceans make up about 70 percent of our planet, so it’s only natural that holistic hidden treasures live beyond the shore. Seaweed, for instance, absorbs nutrients from the seabed, making the marine vegetable packed with even more nutrients and vitamins than mainland-grown fruits and veggies.
Lately, we’ve been noticing the unlikely superfood popping up everywhere: in our drinks, meals and even our skincare. The salty snack is popular in plant-based diets, as it is a unique vegan source of essential amino acids. Meanwhile, seaweed is an abundant, carbon-negative food source (meaning it doesn’t require water or fertilizer to harvest), so it’s ideal for eco-conscious consumers. If you’re still not convinced about adding seaweed to more than just your sushi rolls, read on for its potent benefits—plus easy ways to incorporate into your everyday routine.
The edible form of algae is high in fiber, which is great for promoting satiety, reducing bloating and easing digestion. “Seaweed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, making seaweed a great prebiotic source to support gut health,” explains dietitian Chelsea Gloeckner, MS, RD.
“These fibers include particular sugars called sulfated polysaccharides, which have been shown to increase the growth of ‘good’ gut bacteria and also increase the production ofshort-chain fatty acids (SCFA), which provide support and nourishment to the GI tract celllining,” adds dietitian Rachel Fine MS, RD, CSSD, CDN .