It may be slimy, green and lacking in the glamour stakes, but seaweed is actually something of a skin saver.
The sludgy stuff is packed with an unusually high concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants – which is why it’s fast becoming a must have ingredient in the skincare world.
Rich in essential vitamins, folic acid and niacin, seaweed is a major source of Vitamin B12.
Plus with antioxidants such as beta-carotene and over 60 trace elements that include potassium, calcium, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and manganese, selenium and ascorbic acid , it’s perfect for protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.
And though it might not sound particularly tempting, the best way to reap the beauty benefits of seaweed is to eat it.
“We’re not especially good at including sea vegetables into our diet, but as they are becoming more mainstream, hopefully this will change,” advised top nutritionist and The Food Doctor cofounder Ian Marber.
“Seaweed is a concentrated source of mineral and half of seaweed is made up of carbohydrate and around one third is protein, vitamins and fibre. Even better, seaweed contains only two per cent fat.”
But before you grab your net and head for the nearest beach, there are plenty of ways to get your boost.
Munching on a Planet Organic Seakura salad or a packet of seaweed crisps might make a tastier treat or alternatively there are tons of seaweed supplements available.
“Adding a few strips of dried seaweed to a soup, or on top of a piece of fish is an excellent way to enhance the flavour and nutrition,” suggested Ian.
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