Seaweeds grow under water and they are similar to plants, although seaweed is not true plant. People have long used seaweeds in the diet. They can be eaten fresh, and most commonly used dried. Dives into the water to soften, chopped, if necessary, in small amounts added to food. They should not be long to cook. Seaweeds are naturally sweet and have a taste similar to seafood, which in some ways actually are. They are added to soup, salads, cereals and other foods, like spices. Some people seaweeds also called sea vegetables. In some Asian countries seaweeds are eaten regularly, every day, for example in Japan. Somewhere you can buy them in powder form. They are used as dietary supplement in the form of preparations. The best known ingredient that is obtained from seaweeds is agar agar.
Seaweeds contain considerably large amounts of minerals, compared to plants grown on land. According to the content of minerals, this food is unmatched. Besides minerals, seaweed containing vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates.
Seaweeds are mostly easily digestible, but for those who test algae for the first time, it is recommended to small quantity. It is best to gradually incorporate in your diet, as long as the body adjusts. There are various types of seaweed. Each algae has its own special characteristics, but they also have much in common. Seaweeds are beneficial to the immune system, cleansing the body, metabolism, have diuretic properties and positively influence the functioning of the thyroid gland. Seaweed lower level of fat in the blood and desirable at dietary nutrition. They are inevitable in macrobiotics and vegetarian diet.
Algae contain all that is good in sea water and sea water is the source of life. It is very important that the seaweeds are from the pure parts of the ocean, otherwise they could be harmful.
Algae are good for the skin. Keep skin moist, delaying skin aging and reduce the negative effect of the sun's rays on the skin. Manufacturers are competing in the production and sale of products containing seaweeds.
Type of seaweed is mainly determined by the color. So there are red, brown, green, blue and yellow seaweeds. Some specifics of algae depend on the region, the sea depth, brightness, salinity of the sea and the like.
What are the best-known seaweeds in the world? The best-known seaweeds are Arame, Wakame, Kombu and Nori.
1. Arame seaweed
Arame seaweed is brown in color and has a mild taste. It is recommended to beginners of consuming algae. Arame seaweed look like noodles. It is useful for lowering blood pressure, thyroid gland and in the case of painful menstruation.
2. Wakame seaweed
Wakame seaweed is brown-gray colored, with larger leaves. It contains a lot of calcium, iodine and iron. Wakame seaweed has a mild taste, too. It is good for cleaning of blood, regulating metabolism and for diabetics. It is most often added to miso soup.
3. Kombu seaweed
Kombu has a large thick leaves and specific taste. It is the main ingredient of the Japanese Dashi and irreplaceable spice in Japanese cuisine, as a base for making various soup. Kombu seaweed is good for digestion, strengthens the body, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
4. Nori seaweed
Nori seaweed belongs to the red algae. This type of seaweeds is known around the world as an ingredient of Japanese sushi. It has a sweet and pleasant taste. Nori is used against arteriosclerosis and for lowering cholesterol.
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