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Control Your Metabolism Organic Iodine in Sea Plant Minerals feeds your thyroid gland, which controls metabolism and promotes maturation of the nervous system. Disinfect Your Blood Iodine is also the main natural disinfecting agent in our body. Every 15 minutes, all of your blood goes through that small organ - the thyroid gland. Supports Cardiovascular Health Sea Plant Minerals contains Laminarin, a polysaccharide that is helpful in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular issues. It helps to balance coagulation of blood. Detoxify From Heavy Metals Alginate is a natural absorbent of radioactive elements, heavy metals, and free radicals. It has the unique ability of binding heavy metals and radioactive elements to its own molecules. Because the Alginate cannot be broken down by bile or saliva and cannot be absorbed by the body, it is secreted from the body together with the heavy metals and radioactive substances it binds.
Coastal peoples all over the world have prized seaweed as a source of valuable nutrients, primarily minerals, for millennia. In coastal areas the inland native peoples used to trade their most precious possessions for a bag of dried seaweed laboriously carried on someone’s back from the coast.
Knowledge of the tonic and healing powers of seaweed was passed down among coastal peoples from generation to generation. Much of their knowledge is in the process of being confirmed by modern scientific analysis. And demographic studies have shown that people who regularly incorporate edible seaweeds into their diets have fewer problems from mineral depletion and live longer than other peoples. (1.)
Sea vegetables contain 10 to 20 times the minerals and vitamins of land vegetables. Gram for gram, they are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other class of food. (2.)
The minerals are available in chelated, colloidal forms that make them especially available to the bodies of humans and animals, a concept known as “bioavailability.” All sea vegetables contain significant amounts of protein, sometimes as much as 48%. Sea plants are also a rich sources of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. (3.)
The large brown seaweeds known as the “kelps” (including wakame and kombu) contain alginic acid. Studies have shown that alginic acid removes heavy metals and radioactive isotopes from the digestive tract, as well as strontium 90 from the bones. (4.)
Essential for Type “O” Blood Type Diets!
Sea vegetables have traditionally been used in Asia to treat heart and blood pressure issues, tumors, and thyroid problems. Modern researchers are trying to understand the physiological mechanisms by which seaweed can be used to successfully treat these diseases, with some promising results. One especially exciting theory proposes that consumption of Laminaria (kombu) explains the low breast tumor rate in post-menopausal Japanese women. (5 .)
Much more will be learned in future years as the study of these wondrous plants from the sea continues.
Seaweed contains vitamins A, B, C, and E. (6.)
Many seaweeds contain significant amounts of vitamin B-12, a vitamin normally found only in animal products. Avoiding B-12 deficiency has traditionally posed a problem for people on raw foods, vegan, macrobiotic, and vegetarian diets, but seaweed just might solve the problem. The source of the B-12 in seaweed remains a mystery (is it made by bacteria living on the surface or in the water?), and researchers wonder if it really is B-12 or an “analogue” – something that resembles B-12 but cannot be utilized by the human body. (7.)
Dr. Norman Cousens is quite convinced that the B-12 in seaweed is bioavailable, (8.) and the experience of some long-term vegan/vegetarians seems to confirm that view. (9.)
The mineral content of sea vegetables is extraordinary, and is probably at the root of most of their healing properties. Several of the theories put forth to explain the ability of seaweed to support heart and blood pressure health are based in the high mineral content of seaweed, particularly potassium, calcium, sodium, and chloride. In the words of Shep Erhart, author of Sea Vegetable Celebration, “Every second of every day your body depends on minerals to generate billions of tiny electric impulses throughout your nervous system. Your heart would stop, your muscles would freeze, and your brain would black out if these minerals were not available in just the right amounts and the right form. The minerals in seaweeds are in colloidal form, meaning they retain their molecular identity while remaining in liquid suspension. Colloids are very small in size and are easily absorbed by the body’s cells. Plants convert metallic minerals, which can be toxic, into colloids with a natural, negative electric charge. Negatively charged minerals have been shown to increase the transport and bioavailability of other foods and supplements. (10.)
“Minerals that are attached to other substances such as amino acids are also more bioavailable. These are call chelated (key-lated) minerals, from the Greek word for claw. Seaweeds provide all of the 56 minerals and trace minerals required for your body’s physiological functions in chelated, colloidal forms. Most enzymatic functions depend on minute amounts of bioavailable trace minerals. The major minerals are instrumental in all kinds of life-sustaining activities in your body: magnesium is crucial in calcium absorption, iodine in thyroid function, iron in blood oxygen exchange, and chromium in blood sugar regulation. All of these functions are facilitated by the presence of chelated, colloidal minerals.” (11.)
The minerals in sea vegetables are more important to humans and animals today than ever. The 1997 edition of Food Composition Handbook shows a 25-50% decline in the vitamin and mineral content of foods since the last survey done in 1975. “This decline suggests a steady deterioration in soil, air, and water quality, as well as reduced seed vitality, that is depleting minerals and other inorganic compounds from our food.” (12.)
Tofu, beans, and grains contain a substance called phytic acid which blocks the absorption of minerals. With beans and grains you can mitigate this problem by soaking them for 18 hours before cooking. The soaking activates the seed embryo, which neutralizes the phytic acid. Alternatively, you can add seaweed to your pot of grain or beans, which makes more minerals available and ensures that some will be absorbed.
In Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig point out that Americans are using tofu very differently than it is used in Asia. In Asia small quantities of tofu are usually served in a fish-based broth with seaweed. The seaweed and the fish provide additional minerals that balance the mineral-leaching effect of the phytic acid in the tofu. But Americans, having identified tofu as a vegetable source of protein, have isolated it from its culinary tradition and consume huge quantities of it the way we would consume steak or hamburgers. Hundreds of substitute meat products consist mainly of texturized soy protein, and many people simply dip a slab of tofu in tamari and yeast and fry it. We would be wise to eat in harmony with Asian traditions and use tofu in smaller quantities and in combination with fish and/or seaweed.
1.) Erhart, Shep and Cerier, Leslie, Sea Vegetable Celebration, Book Publishing Company, Summertown, TN, 2001, p. 22.
2.) Cousens, Gabriel, Conscious Eating, Essene Vision Books, Patagonia, AZ, 1992, p 484.
3.) Erhart and Cerier, 25-27.
4.) Erhart and Cerier, 30.
5.) Erhart and Cerier, 29.
6.) Cousens, 484
7.) Erhart and Cerier, 24-25.
8.) Cousens, 484.
9.) Erhart and Cerier, 25.
10.) Erhart and Cerier, 27-28.
11.) Erhart and Cerier, 21-22.
12.) Jack, Alex, Let Food Be Thy Medicine, One Peaceful World Newsletter, 1999, 200 as quoted in Erhart and Cerier, Sea Vegetable Celebration, 22.
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Whole food supplement provides mainly organic Iodine that feeds your thyroid gland to control metabolism, disinfects your blood, prevents cardiovascular disease and detoxifies heavy metals.