Thursday, March 4, 2010

The benefits of seaweed

For hundreds of years our food came with minerals from the soil. Erosion has lowered the soil's mineral content, yet stress and exposure to environmental pollution have raised the value for trace minerals. Now we turn to the sea.

Seaweed and other sea greens are amazingly good for you whether you eat it or just use it on your skin/hair. Most seaweeds contain A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, niacin, beta-carotene,  potassium, calcium, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese and many other minerals and seaweed is a major source of B12.

When eaten or used externally your body can absorb all of seaweeds goodness. Seaweed is used for a variety of things, it can help reduce acne, it can moisturize your skin, it can help rejuvinate skin's elasticity, it helps detoxify the body,  and one of the main reasons I love seaweed: Great for Sensitive Skin Types, and People with Eczema or Rosacea!

Seaweed is know for it’s anti-inflammatory actions as well as it’s therapeutic properties in treatment of sensitive and allergy prone skin. Seaweed is high in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 which is useful in protecting the skins surface and reduction of inflammation. It is a used as active ingredient for many in modern skin care products. because of it’s natural tendency to reduce excessive irritation and redness. 

There are tons of products that use seaweed and sea minerals to promote a healthier you, you just have to look for them.

Of course seaweed does have things that you might not want to over use, and that in really high doses can be very bad for you. There's also the alarming news of people getting mercury poisoning from too much fish and I don't know if that applies to seaweed, but you do need to be careful with anything you're putting into your body. It's always good to consult with your doctor before you start taking supplements and definitely if you start to feel weird.

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