E.WagnerHolisticHealth: September 2016

E.WagnerHolisticHealth: September 2016

Seaweed – Herbal Protein and Mineral Powerhouse

These sea herbs can be so nutritious that some people

have lived on them for years as one of their main foods, along with moderate

amounts of land-based fruit, root vegetables and leafy greens. Certain seaweed - algae, chlorella, and

spirulina in particular - are considered by some authorities to be crosses

between plants and animals, and actually contain a small amount of vitamin

B12, but probably not enough to keep you healthy if you are vegan, unless you

eat massive quantities if these herbs. Under the heading of seaweed are included over 20 sea

organisms, some of which are chlorella, algae, spirulina, sea lettuce, kelp,

dulse, kombu, wakame and nori. Seaweed

is high in protein, iodine, sodium, potassium and also contains some calcium,

Research has shown that certain seaweeds can help with

detoxification from toxic heavy minerals, especially cadmium and lead, can help

protect against radiation poisoning, especially radioactive strontium, can help

keep the thyroid gland healthy, can help lower LDL cholesterol, and even may

possibly help prevent certain types of cancer, particularly breast cancer. However, the source of the seaweed determines

its quality and safety. If taken from

contaminated or radioactive waters, these herbs will do more harm than

good. Additionally, if taken in too

large quantities, they can cause problems by either over-stimulating and

disrupting the thyroid function with too much iodine or causing heart

Since seaweeds are also high in sodium, if taken in too large

quantities, they can result in hypertension and possible kidney damage.

The “weed” in seaweed is probably a misnomer, since

most sea vegetables do not over-run an aquatic area at the expense of other

organisms, but instead are fairly localized, while also contributing to the

integrity of the local habitat. A major

exception to this are algae, which, due to climate change, including the

warming of many bodies of water, are proliferating in “blooms” at the expense

Most of us will benefit from small amounts of seaweed

on a daily or almost daily basis. It is

vital that these herbs are sourced from uncontaminated waters and are processed

appropriately. Many bodies of water from

which seaweed is obtained are contaminated with bacteria or other organic

materials, chemicals, heavy metals and/or radiation. Be sure that the seaweed is either certified

organic or is sold through a reliable distributor. Iceland is one area that still has high

usually a reliable source for seaweed, and the Synergy Company sells a high

quality supplement, which contains a large quantity of these herbs.

Seaweed can be sprinkled on salads, added to soups and stews, and used as seasoning in place of salt.

contact me with questions about specific seaweed and sources. I also have a limited quantity of high

quality seaweed, which I am willing to sell, since I purchased enough to last

me at least ten years (seaweed has a very long shelf life).

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