Why Is Brown Seaweed Beneficial For Your Health?
Are you feeling tired and drained even though you're getting proper meals?
No need to worry!
This can happen to anyone. Your body needs continuous nutrients to fight off daily life problems and stay in shape. This is because sometimes, our normal meals miss those nutrients, and our body starts to enter a deficit phase.
Brown seaweed is also known as Fucus vesiculosus or bladderwrack. It is found especially in Chinese and Japanese cuisines. Several nutritionists and medical practitioners suggest adding brown seaweed to your diet because it fulfills lost nutrition stores, aids in weight loss, help fighting diseases, and enhances brain health.
Let us have a deep dive into the health benefits of brown seaweed.
Potential Health Benefits:
Fulfills Lost Nutrition:
A 2019 nutrition review [i] shows that brown seaweed is a rich and sustainable source of macronutrients and micronutrients. As discussed earlier, brown seaweed is home to dense nutrients. It provides multiple minerals and vitamins altogether, such as iron, iodine, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and multiple subgroups of vitamin B.
Brown seaweed is one of the few excellent non-animal sources of vitamin B12. It keeps your body's nerve and blood cells healthy so you can perform optimally in your daily life activities.
Moreover, fiber is also found in brown seaweed; it helps to promote better immunity and digestive health to your body. Warding off constipation, diarrhea, and many other digestive problems.
Aids In Weight Loss:
Despite the nutritional qualities, Brown seaweed is also called a fat fighter. This is because it contains Fucoxanthin, the brown pigment that's responsible for its color. It promotes weight loss by shrinking abdominal fat. Multiple studies have proved that Fucoxanthin can reduce obesity, control weight, and increase metabolism.
A news story sourced by the American Chemical Society says that in a study of 200 mice, we fed Fucoxanthin to all of the mice. All of them showed weight loss effects, and no adverse side effects were reported.
Another study shows that when the animals were fed Fucoxanthin, the levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA rose in the rodent livers. DHA helps control cholesterol levels and lowers the risks of obesity.
Help Fighting Diseases:
Brown seaweed helps you fight off and prevent several health diseases. Numerous studies have shown results on how it supports our body's immunity.
It can be a suitable way to manage diabetes as it contains low calories and dense nutrients, including rich dietary fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, and vitamins. A 2015 review[ii] states that Seaweeds are beneficial to human health as it contains potential bioactive compounds for diabetes management.
On the other hand, the Brown seaweed contains an element called Fucoidan. This component is tested by numerous researchers to figure out its effects on cancer. A 2014 study[iii] reviews that Fucoidan has shown anticancer activity by slowing down blood clotting and preventing the growth of cancer cells.
Enhances Brain Health:
Elements and compounds present in brown seaweed are shown to activate neurophysiological activities in the human body. Vitamin B12 present in brown seaweed has therapeutic properties and is responsible for proper brain function. Meaning, brown seaweed can have an optimal effect on the development of the brain and nerve cells.
Research[iv] shows that brown algae have useful therapeutic properties in preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Multiple Sclerosis, and other chronic diseases.
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[i] Cherry, P., O’Hara, C., Magee, P. J., McSorley, E. M., & Allsopp, P. J. (2019). Risks and benefits of consuming edible seaweeds. Nutrition reviews, 77(5), 307-329.
[ii][ii] Sharifuddin, Y., Chin, Y. X., Lim, P. E., & Phang, S. M. (2015). Potential bioactive compounds from seaweed for diabetes management. Marine drugs, 13(8), 5447-5491.
[iii] Moussavou, G., Kwak, D. H., Obiang-Obonou, B. W., Maranguy, C. A. O., Dinzouna-Boutamba, S. D., Lee, D. H., ... & Choo, Y. K. (2014). Anticancer effects of different seaweeds on human colon and breast cancers. Marine drugs, 12(9), 4898-4911.
[iv] Pereira, L., & Valado, A. (2021). The Seaweed Diet in Prevention and Treatment of the Neurodegenerative Diseases. Marine Drugs, 19(3), 128.