The Benefits of Seaweed
In New Zealand, the country's largest kelp is Macrocystis Pyrifera, known as bladder kelp, and is called giant kelp around the world. It can grow to 50 metres in length and 100 kilograms in mass.
International research is continuously being done on Macrocystis seaweed — the variety harvested from New Zealand’s South Island by Oceangreen Organics. Macrocystis seaweed is aquatic, plant-like algae and also known as brown kelp, or brown algae. It is a natural superfood tested by scientists to be the most nutritionally dense and beneficial type of seaweed on earth.
Why is Seaweed So Good for You?
Seaweed is a 'Powerhouse Superfood'
A superfood is a nutrient-rich staple that is considered to be especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. Macrocystis seaweed is widely considered to be a superfood, due to its significant mineral content.
There are numerous potential health benefits gained from taking seaweed as a nutritional or dietary supplement, with internationally acclaimed scientists suggesting that its impressive health benefits are hard to ignore.
Seaweed for Weight Loss
One of the most widely reported benefits of seaweed is its properties for weight loss. Seaweed has been found to regulate the body’s hormones and helps to support a steady metabolism — one of the cornerstones of maintaining a healthy life weight.
Medical News Today has an in-depth look at the benefits of seaweed
Seaweed contains algin for weight loss and weight management — a natural fibre that absorbs toxins and uncomfortable nutrients from the digestive system. This natural fibre found in seaweed has been shown to inhibit the enzymes that allow the body to digest fat.
As well as this, seaweed contains preformed omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, so it might be helpful for people with blood sugar imbalances. The fucoidan found in seaweed helps the body shed the fat surrounding the heart and internal organs. It also aids the reduction of high cholesterol and has been seen to reduce high blood pressure levels, which can translate into weight loss.
Seaweed dietary fibres are known to improve the gut and digestive order. They have also been shown to reduce metabolic stress such as those experienced in a pre-diabetic condition.