Sea Vegetables and the Amazing Health Benefits

Healthy Sea Vegetables

By eating sea vegetables your diet will provide you with the most extensive array of minerals found in any food. Sea vegetables possess virtually all the minerals present in the ocean which are the same minerals present in the human bloodstream. In fact, vegetables from the sea have been shown to have a higher concentration of nutrition than the foods grown on land.

The many vegetables from the sea have long been held to possess many powers to prevent diseases, lengthen the life span, and aid in beauty and general good health. These sea vegetables are also known as seaweed and marine algae.

Seaweed contains more calcium than milk, more protein than eggs, more iron than beef and many micronutrients. They are loaded with potassium, which is necessary for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. It is also said to detoxify our system of heavy metals, shrink goiters, dissolve cysts and tumors, aid in weight loss and reduce water retention.

They are an exceptionally potent source of iodine, vitamin K, the B-vitamin folate, and magnesium, as well as iron, calcium, the B-vitamins riboflavin and pantotheic acid, and plant compounds, lignans, that possess antioxidant activity.

There have been studies that have shown that high levels of lignans in the body can reduce the risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, and osteopororsis.

Just today I read that sea vegetables can help prevent baldness (see link). When I lived in Seoul, S. Korea, many kinds of sea vegetables were part of the Korean cuisine and I have to say I did not see bald men. Of course their diet is superior overall.

Seaweed belongs to four classes: brown, green, red, and blue-green. The most common types of seaweed are:

Nori - most commonly known and used to wrap sushi. In addition to all the benefits listed above it is also very high in vitamin A and protein. In S. Korea it is known as gim and is often used to make gim bap which is a wrap similar to sushi. It is also called laver in Scotland and Wales and in Ireland it is known as sloke. It is a member of the red marine algae family.

Hijiki - in addition to the benefits listed above, it also contains the most calcium of all the sea vegetables. Comparing it to milk - 100 grams of dry weight milk has 100mg of calcium. The same dry weight of hijiki has 1400mg. It is a member of the brown marine algae family.

Kombu (Kelp) - also known as kombu seaweed, kombu cha, and kombu sea vegetables. It has been used in Irish, Chinese, and Japanese diets for hundreds of years. In addition to the many benefits listed, kombu is also used for balancing the thyroid. It is sun dried and packaged, often used in supplements, used in cooking, and as a thickening agent in ice cream. It is a member of the brown marine algae family.

Irish Moss - in addition to the many benefits listed it also supports the skin's natural moisture barrier and is said to be extremely good for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, and rashes. Often used in a dried form in breads, fritters, soups, relishes. It is also often eaten as a snack food. I have snacked on this when I lived in S. Korea. It has been used as a food additive for hundred of years in Ireland and over 2,000 years in China. It is a member of the red marine algae family.

When Irish Moss is processed for American products, you will see it on food labels listed as carrageenan; by that time it has been processed with alkai and other chemicals.

Dulse - is also known as dulse seaweed or dulse sea vegetables. In addition to all the other benefits listed above, organic dulse is known to naturally fight viral infections. It belongs to the red marine algae family.

Bladderwrack - has recently been studied by the University of California, both the Davis and Berkely campuses. It was concluded that Japanese women tend to have far few incidences of breast cancer than the average population. It has also been used to help women with abnormal menstrual cycling problems. The iodine benefits of bladderwrack were once used extensively to treat goiters. Additionally, it has been featured in weight loss supplements. It is a member of the brown marine algae family.

Sea vegetables are often sold dried and used to sprinkle over or add to foods when cooking. If you live anywhere near an Asian market you can find every kind of sea vegetable imaginable. And very inexpensively. You can also find seaweed products in health food stores at a higher price. As an alternative there are now many quality supplements on the market, sold both in health foods stores and on the internet.

When I lived in S. Korea, children often ate the small pack of gim/nori/laver just like children here eat potato chips. I have done the same thing. Seaweed soups, various sea vegetable dishes, and nori/gim are a regular part of Korean cuisine.

A diet rich in sea vegetables are said to prevent breast cancer, balance body PH, correct mineral deficiencies, support wellness, boost the immune system, is a natural metabolsim booster, and has anti-aging benefits.

The Photo: In the photo included below, are the very clean waters off Jeju Island, S. Korea. There live the amazing women known as the famous 'haenyo' or women divers. The haenyo are women, often up to 80 years of age, who daily go into the waters to bring in fresh sea vegetables and seafood; they have done this for hundreds of years. I had the pleasure of traveling with Korean colleagues to Jeju Island and eating the fresh sea foods, sitting on the lava rocks, brought in by these amazing women. The haenyo can stay under water for 2 minutes and longer, and travel as deep as 20m (about 66 feet) without diving equipment.

There is a wealth of information on the intenet about sea vegetables, or seaweed. Some here on hub pages.

See links below for other healthy eating suggestions!

S. Korea, beautiful ocean at Jeju Island

I enjoyed many sea vegetables while visiting Jeju Island
I enjoyed many sea vegetables while visiting Jeju Island | Source

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

What a great and healthy hub, thanks BK. creative


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You are so very welcome creativeone59! We are going to take back our health!


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

That is really interesting and well written Thank you


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Your very welcome Hello, hello! I'm glad you found it interesting.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Very interesting Hub...Well written and informative...I used to wrap Kimchi in seaweed wrappers for snacks...thanks for reminding me, now I have another snack option... Larry


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Bk Creative,

Great hub and great tips!

I continue to enjoy your many wonderful hubs on healthy foods.

Blessings


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you maven101!

I am so glad you are a kimchi lover - so am I and I have wrapped it in seaweed. This is good eating!

I'm so glad Americans are finally turning back to healthy eating. Remember when our elders used to live to be 100-200 years old - and now they (not us) all seem to have debilitating illnesses? Imagine food making us ill instead of healthy!

Thanks Larry, for writing!

Good to hear from you DeBorrah K. Ogans!

I think I have found one of my callings - to write about healthy eating!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Wow! Great job once again. Do you know where exactly these items can be found in the states? I especially would like to try Irish Moss, since my toddler suffers from eczema. Thanks again for such an informative hub. I always look forward to your hubs. I learn something new everytime.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

If there is a China Town near you or a Chinese or Korean supermarket you will find the largest variety of every kind of sea vegetable. In one Chinese market here (NYC) I am overwhelmed with the choices. Rarely will you find it in supplement form in these markets.

And you can also go into any so-called health food store - they have different types - often in small packs or as supplements. Surprisingly, my local supermarket has a few items - seriously overpriced.

Of course on the internet you can shop at your leisure. Often they sell it dried and packed, rather than just supplements. This is where you can also do all the research to make sure you get exactly what you need.

Glad you found the information useful!


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healthgoji 7 years ago

Well written - people would do well to heed your advice and eat more sea vegetables. There are some health drinks on the market that contain seaweed and sea vegetables.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the info about the health drinks healthgoji - I think we have a lot of healing to do. Good thing we have the internet now to share information and not rely on marketing - which has been to our detriment.

I'm your fan now of course so I can keep up with you.

Thanks for writing!


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enlightenedpsych2 7 years ago from n.e. portion of U.S. on Planet earth

Yummmy, you got me thinking about the Asian market right down the street in which I can go in and buy anything I want. I first have to decide what entrée I would attempt to prepare and then see how much money is left to spare upon gas in vehicle . . . Great hub and thanks for sharing

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm so glad to see the Asian markets popping up all over. Lots more in the way of vegs and fruits. And the prices are the best.

Hope you find something delightful!


Lord Bryan 7 years ago

I need to find where I can buy them in my town. Great pix.

Lord Bryan


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello Lord Bryan!

I'd like to know what you think of them!

That lovely picture I took while in Jeju, S. Korea!


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Leop 7 years ago

Thank you for great information on sea food vegetables. I will have to try some one of this days. Way to go, well done.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Leop! My cousin and I are going to meet up in a couple weeks and go to the Chinese Market, and the Korean Market - to stock on on sea veggies. Good tasty stuff and great prices!

Thanks for commenting!


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Lgali 7 years ago

well researched hub thanks


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome! Thanks for the compliment Lgali!


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Die'Dre' 7 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

As I seek to control my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I continue to research natural remedies and eating healthy. Thanks for the wealth of information on seaweed.


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Big Brother 7 years ago from Earth

Great and healthy hub, Thanks man


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Die'Dre'! So glad you are seeking natural remedies and eating healthy. Hope you are doing well.

Thanks for the compliment, Big Brother!


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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

Very nice Hub telling the benefits of sea vegetables. You have explained well how they help getting good health. Thanks a lot!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome ratnaveera! Glad the information was clear and useful! Thanks for commenting!


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edguider 7 years ago

Still a big fan of all your hubs, keep them coming :)


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you edguider! I am researching a couple ideas and will get back to the hub pages soon!


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

What a great selection of healthy additions to the food plan. I am really doing a lot of research into food as medicine these days. I'm sick of swallowing supplement pills!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Good for you justmesuzanne! - the supplements are costly, unregulated and there's no guarantee they work. It's time we took back our health and demanded real quality food.

So glad you wrote!


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Lee Thacker 7 years ago

Yummy...Wow! You really put a lot of thought and positive thought into your hub article! Honestly I think I need to re-read it again to pick-up all the gems that you shared, as always...THANKS! Keep writing...you know I'm a fan!


masmasika 7 years ago

Hi, BKCreative, I love all kinds of vegetables including sea vegetables. In fact I always write about the health benefits of vegetable diet. You wrote a great article and it is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Lee Thacker - Glad you found the hub helpful and of course I am your fan too!

I'm enjoying your hubs too masmasika. Glad you wrote!


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allie8020 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

I've been looking for sea vegetables to eat for healthy snacking, but I only tried kelp. Your hub has given me many other ideas. Thanks, again.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome allie8020 - I'm glad you found the hub helpful.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Excellent, informative hub, bookmarked. What an eye opener, never thought about sea veggies, adding to my diet as quickly as possible.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I wish they were easier to find here in the US. When I lived in S. Korea they were a staple - the people are soooo healthy. I'm glad you liked the hub! Thanks for commenting!


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I will look for the sea vegatables supplements first and gradually see what I like.I am not one for different spices.great hub.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It seems so far DREAM ON, that the sea vegetables supplements have been of good quality - and not synthetic versions.

I'm so happy you are enjoying this information and hope to hear your results.


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NorwinGalle 6 years ago from USA

Nice and detailed information about sea vegetables.Keep updating.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks NorwinGale!


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freehans 6 years ago from Philippines

Nice to know about the benefits of eating sea vegetables. very nice and informative hub. It makes me want to read all of your hubs.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Such a nice compliment freehans - you make me feel energized and eager to write more healthy hubs.

Thanks for commenting!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Very good. I loved this hub. Interesting.

Have voted Sea vegetables and the many heath benefits up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much Granny'House for reading and the vote. So glad you liked the hub!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I never thought about sea vegetables. It would be lovely to add some pictures as well as I've almost no idea of what these look like 'in the raw' or cooked.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you Les Trois Chenes. I will see what I can find.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Thanks for sharing this great information. This will help me to eat much healthier BKC.

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