Seaweed - Mother Nature's Health Miracle
by Jean Shaw
certain land plants have been used for centuries by different cultures for medicinal
and nutritional purposes, fertilisers and even to awaken sexual desire.
Seaweed has been confirmed as one of Nature's "all- round pharmaceutical miracles"
with claims that it can accomplish everything from warding off and treating several
types of cancer, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, thin the blood, prevent ulcers,
kill bacteria and even cure constipation.
It's not just the Japanese who have appreciated the health benefits from daily
consumption of seaweed either as there are reports of people living high in the Andes
consuming it on a regular basis. Both cultures are renowned for their hardiness but
just why is this natural vitamin supplement so good for us? The answer is the ocean.
For millions of years minerals and nutrients have been draining from the land into the
sea and it is more or less a constant chemical medium.
The ocean contains the same minerals and trace elements as human blood and these
are integrated into the living tissue of seaweed. As the seaweed is organic (easily
broken down) and the natural vitamins, foundation minerals and vital nutrients are in
such an assimilable form, this wonderful sea vegetable is of huge nutritional benefit
and really is a natural whole food vitamin supplement.
For example, it has been estimated that certain seaweeds are up to 30 times higher
in minerals than land food, which is affected by depleted nutrient levels in our soils.
Many people are understandably concerned about consuming produce from the
oceans these days because of media reports of pollution, but this issue is widely
misunderstood. Generally the ocean is a far less polluted growing medium than land
soil especially farm soil because of the widespread use of pesticides, insecticides and
fertilisers as well as airborne industrial pollutants.
Some seaweeds, particularly certain varieties of wrack have been the subject of
scientific study over many years in connection with specific medical conditions where
they have been found not only to have therapeutic value, but are a powerful
nutritional component in a wide range of treatments.
For several years seaweed has been used as part of the protocol for detoxification in
mercury amalgam extraction and may prove helpful where there is evidence of
mineral imbalance and thyroid disorders.
The thyroid gland directly affects metabolism and regulates many other bodily
functions. It requires iodine to operate smoothly and seaweed is a rich source.
In ancient Egypt seaweed was used as a treatment for patients with breast cancer
but the modern use of chemo and radiation therapy makes the health benefit of
seaweed far more evident because it provides a natural detox.
Seaweed has no significant fat and contains a high level of the rare antioxidant,
selenium, making it exceptional value in candida treatment.
Cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease are all familiar medical conditions in our
modern society and a link has often been made to high salt intake. Very small
amounts of whole salt, ideally in the form of seaweed have been shown to be an
antidote to excess sodium consumption.
Also, seaweed can prove beneficial for bronchitis and other respiratory infections as it
is a natural multivitamin containing soothing, mucilaginous gels which specifically
rejuvinate the lungs and gastrointestinal tract.
Another problem seaweed can assist with is helping the body to maintain the
acid/alkaline balance in blood, lymph and cells. Modern diet tends to favour
carbohydrates, protein and fats, which can all become surplus acid deposits if our
bodies do not have the means to fully metabolise them. Often this produces food
allergy and intolerances, with acid build up in the system which is a cause of
heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers. Seaweed can neutralise these acids so they can be
safely eliminated and help restore balance.
Seaweed has been described as "the most nutritious form of vegetation on this
planet", so the next time you spot some on the sea shore remember it is far more
than a smelly weed!
About The Author
Jean Shaw is the author of I'm Not Naughty - I'm Autistic - Jodi's Journey and
Autism, Amalgam and Me - Jodi's Journey Continues. Her book and mercury
poisoning helpline details can be found at . For details on
Seaweed natural health products see .
Have you ever given any thought to
For the majority of people seaweed
conjures up an image of a smelly,
green or brown, unpalatable tough
weed washed up on a shoreline
somewhere. Alternatively, it could be
that dried stuff you get in sushi bars
or Japanese and Chinese restaurants.
Very few people realise the health
benefits of seaweed and just how
versatile it really is.
Described as "perfectly balanced
natural food" certain seaweeds, like
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