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Sea vegetables (seaweeds contain over 20 minerals and vitamins). The mineral content present in seaweed are particularly significant in that many trace elements such as

    • dreamstimemedium_5356218Iodine,
    • Manganese,
    • Zinc,
    • Cobalt,
    • Sulphur
    • Selenium

 

Iodine is essential for proper thyroid function, which controls energy metabolism and the other trace elements are necessary co-factors in the body’s biochemical reactions utilising food for energy and nutrition. In addition to these vital trace elements, found so extensively in seaweeds compared to other food sources, there are also trace amounts of Vitamin C, and the Vitamin B complex, particularly in Kombu, Wakame (kelps), Dilisk (Dulse) and Sea Lettuce. There are minute amounts of Vitamin B12 in Wakame,

Kombu and Carrageen Moss, which is another trace nutrient especially for vegans.

dreamstimemedium_2185613 A little appreciated fact is the very high Calcium and Magnesium content of seaweeds. Calcium has between 0.9 – 1.3% calcium, well up to milk standards and  somewhat in excess of some dairy products. Seaweed also averages about 1% Magnesium, much greater than most other sources. These elements are very readily absorbed from seaweeds. Furthermore the optimum absorption of Calcium in the body requires the presence of adequate amounts of Magnesium and Vitamin D (sunshine). Thus eating seaweeds on a regular basis provides the best way of absorbing all your calcium intake thereby obtaining sufficient calcium for ones bodily needs.

If the body needs calcium, which it does both for bone and cartilage maintenance, and vitally for heart and muscle function, it will take it from other areas of the body (usually from bone mass). This depletes bone strength. People do not get sufficient Magnesium in the diet. Apart from seaweeds the other major source of Magnesium is green vegetables, magnesium being the central atom of the Chlorophyll complex , present in all green leafy vegetables.

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