Superfood From The Sea
Superfood From The Sea
Vast and widely unexplored, the oceans are a veritable source of nutritional sustenance for man, among them the edible seaweeds. And while we in the West are only just beginning to comprehend the potential of these nutritionally dense plants, Asians have been reaping the benefits for thousands of years.
One of the most popular and nutritious seaweeds is “nori” – familiar to us as the “green stuff” that holds sushi together. Nori is an edible red algae which turns dark green when dried. It has long been attributed to health and longevity in Asian cultures. In Korea, nori is an integral part of their culture – it’s served as soup on birthdays and given to women for three weeks after childbirth. According to elders, it helps replenish and rejuvenate the body. Today, nori’s reputation as a natural health food has been firmly established, as attested by the Japanese proverb, “two sheets of nori keep the doctor away” – and no wonder.
Nori offers one of the broadest range of nutrients of any food, drawing its extraordinary wealth of mineral elements from the ocean – including many found in the human blood. Its unique array includes calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc and more.
However, what’s most notable is nori’s impressive iodine content – you simply can’t find a more concentrated source. Missing in almost every other food, this essential mineral is vital in maintaining healthy thyroid function. Mild iodine deficiency is on the rise in the West, fuelled by the use of processed convenience foods that contain poor quality (iodine-free) salt, coupled with the trend towards “salt-ophobia”. So to avoid thyroid dramas, try munching on some nori seaweed instead.
Nori is packed full of vitamins too. It offers vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, as well as niacin, folic acid and taurine. And thanks to the level of vitamin C it contains, the bioavailability of its abundant iron content
There’s more – nori is a potent source of antioxidants. As well as measurable amounts of polyphenols like carotenoids and flavonoids, nori contains other phytonutrients, including several types of alkaloids with antioxidant properties.
Originally consumed as a paste, we now enjoy delicious nori sheets courtesy of modern paper-making technology. Its meaty-sweet flavour makes it a wonderful addition to soups, casseroles or salads, or for flavouring rice and noodle dishes. Of course, it can be enjoyed on its own as a crispy snack, just like a bag of chips.
While nori absorbs a wealth of beneficial properties from the ocean in which it grows, it could also absorb unwanted elements, such as pollutants and harmful chemicals. That’s why it’s important to ensure your nori is sourced from unpolluted waters. The best way of doing that is to choose a reputable certified organic product.
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