Seaweed Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts


Seaweed Health Benefits:
Osteoarthritis | Goitre | Heart diseases | Women health | Inflammation | Obesity | Depression | Antioxidants | High Cholesterol | 
Nutrition Facts for Seaweed: 
Serving size: 1 cup (100 g)

Nutrient Amount
Energy 45  kcal
Protein 3.03 g
Total Fat 0.64 g
Total Carbohydrates 9.14 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugar 0.65 g
Vitamins  
Vitamin C 3.0 mg
Thiamin 0.060 mg
Riboflavin 0.230 mg
Niacin 1.600 mg
Pantothenic Acid 0.697 mg
Vitamin B6 0.002 mg
Folate 196 µg
Vitamin A 360 IU
Vitamin E 1.00 mg
Vitamin K 5.3 µg
Minerals  
Calcium 150 mg
Iron 2.18 mg
Magnesium 107 mg
Phosphorus 80 mg
Potassium 50 mg
Sodium 872 mg
Zinc 0.38 mg
Copper 0.284 mg
Manganese 1.400 mg
Selenium 0.7 µg
Fatty Acids  
Saturated Fat 0.130 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.058 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.218 g

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28
Seaweed Health Benefits:
Iodine:
Seaweeds are known to contain huge amounts of iodine, much higher than the minimal amount required by the body. The body needs a recommended daily amount of around 150 µg of iodine while only one gram of dried brown algae (a type of seaweed) can contain 550-7000 µg of iodine while nori (the seaweed used in sushi) contains 100 – 300 µg of iodine.

Upper respiratory tract:
Due to the high salt and iodine content, seaweeds disperse phlegm effectively and reduce small nodules, called goitre, that are formed due to iodine deficiency. They also act as a diuretic and reduce inflammatory conditions.

Obesity:
Seaweeds are primarily made up of dietary fibers like agar, carrageenans and alginate. These fibers are not digested by the body and increase the feeling of satiety and decrease hunger pangs. Recently, they are being used as slimming agents and weight control pills.