With the 95-degree plus weather in New York City where I live, I have naturally been gravitating towards cool foods. Wakame has thus become much more of a staple in my diet, which is quite excellent since this seaweed is so healthy! Wakame is not only extremely high in nutritional value but is also extremely low in calorie and minimal in fat (only contains about five calories per serving and is said to actually help burn fat). It helps to prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, blood clotting, and obesity. Wakame has beneficial effects on stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), viral infections, tumors, oxidation and inflammation while promoting a good immune system. Wakame is a great addition to any diet as there are few things we can eat that are so replete with nutrients and health benefits.
What is Wakame?
Wakame is an edible brown seaweed or kelp common in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisines.
Health Benefits of Wakame: Wakame is a good source of the following:
1. Magnesium. This mineral is critical in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, function of certain enzymes in the body, production and transport of energy, and the production of protein.
2. Iodine. Iodine is needed for strong metabolism of cells - the process of converting food into energy. It also maintains the balance of the thyroid gland and is needed for the production of thyroid hormones.
3. Calcium. Wakame easily allows for the absorption of calcium into the human body. Each 100 grams of raw wakame contains 150 milligrams of calcium. Calcium is needed for strong healthy bones and the prevention of osteoporosis.
4. Iron. We need iron because it is essential for the production of red blood cells and the prevention of anemia.