Seaweed: Mother Nature’s Health Miracle

Photo courtesy of Sifu Renka

Photo courtesy of Sifu Renka

Have you ever given any thought to seaweed?

For the majority of people seaweed conjures up an image of a smelly, green or brown, unpalatable tough weed washed up on a shoreline somewhere. Alternatively, it could be that dried stuff you get in sushi bars or Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Very few people realize the health benefits of seaweed and just how versatile it really is.

Described as “perfectly balanced natural food” certain seaweeds, like certain land plants have been used for centuries by different cultures for medicinal and nutritional purposes, fertilizers and even to awaken sexual desire.

Seaweed has been confirmed as one of Nature’s “all- round pharmaceutical miracles” with claims that it can accomplish everything from warding off and treating several types of cancer, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, thin the blood, prevent ulcers, kill bacteria and even cure constipation.

It’s not just the Japanese who have appreciated the health benefits from daily consumption of seaweed either as there are reports of people living high in the Andes consuming it on a regular basis. Both cultures are renowned for their hardiness but just why is this natural vitamin supplement so good for us? The answer is the ocean.

For millions of years minerals and nutrients have been draining from the land into the sea and it is more or less a constant chemical medium.

The ocean contains the same minerals and trace elements as human blood and these are integrated into the living tissue of seaweed. As the seaweed is organic (easily broken down) and the natural vitamins, foundation minerals and vital nutrients are in such an easy to assimilate form, this wonderful sea vegetable is of huge nutritional benefit and really is a natural whole food vitamin supplement.

For example, it has been estimated that certain seaweeds are up to 30 times higher in minerals than land food, which is affected by depleted nutrient levels in our soils.

Many people are understandably concerned about consuming produce from the oceans these days because of media reports of pollution, but this issue is widely misunderstood. Generally the ocean is a far less polluted growing medium than land soil especially farm soil because of the widespread use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers as well as airborne industrial pollutants.

Some seaweeds, particularly certain varieties of wrack have been the subject of scientific study over many years in connection with specific medical conditions where they have been found not only to have therapeutic value, but are a powerful nutritional component in a wide range of treatments.

For several years seaweed has been used as part of the protocol for detoxification in mercury amalgam extraction and may prove helpful where there is evidence of mineral imbalance and thyroid disorders.

The thyroid gland directly affects metabolism and regulates many other bodily functions. It requires iodine to operate smoothly and seaweed is a rich source.

In ancient Egypt seaweed was used as a treatment for patients with breast cancer but the modern use of chemo and radiation therapy makes the health benefit of seaweed far more evident because it provides a natural detox.

Seaweed has no significant fat and contains a high level of the rare antioxidant, selenium, making it exceptional value in candida treatment.

Cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease are all familiar medical conditions in our modern society and a link has often been made to high salt intake. Very small amounts of whole salt, ideally in the form of seaweed have been shown to be an antidote to excess sodium consumption.

Also, seaweed can prove beneficial for bronchitis and other respiratory infections as it is a natural multivitamin containing soothing, mucilaginous gels which specifically rejuvenate the lungs and gastrointestinal tract.

Another problem seaweed can assist with is helping the body to maintain the acid/alkaline balance in blood, lymph and cells. Modern diet tends to favor carbohydrates, protein and fats, which can all become surplus acid deposits if our bodies do not have the means to fully metabolize them. Often this produces food allergy and intolerances, with acid build up in the system which is a cause of heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers. Seaweed can neutralize these acids so they can be safely eliminated and help restore balance.

Seaweed has been described as “the most nutritious form of vegetation on this planet”, so the next time you spot some on the sea shore remember it is far more than a smelly weed!

About the author:

Jean Shaw is the author of I’m Not Naughty – I’m Autistic – Jodi’s Journey and Autism, Amalgam and Me – Jodi’s Journey Continues. Her book and mercury poisoning helpline details can be found at For details on Seaweed natural health products see

  1. Hownow & bienvenue,

    Here’s what I’m thinkin…

    Seaweed = good

    now that we’ve got that down

    moving onto other things

    Activated carbon(same thing as activated charcoal) = also a good thing

    Seaweeds + Activated charcoal(in alternating doses) + vitamin C = chelation station aka you now live forever disease free

    annnnd scene.

  2. you can avoid indigestion by eating high fiber foods.:`”

  3. now, i am suffering from bad indigestion and sometimes it is painful too.:~*

  4. Good post.

  5. i often get indigestion when i eat so much without taking foods high in fiber;-~

  6. i often get indestion coz i eat a lot in one day, lots of fruit juice helps ease indigestion”"-

  7. i’d love to much so many fiber foods because it helps in digestion and waste removal `:,

  8. i’d love to much so many fiber foods because it helps in digestion and waste removal `:,

  9. if you are not eating much fiber, then you will always get indigestion. so eat lots of dietary fibers ;~-

  10. if you are not eating much fiber, then you will always get indigestion. so eat lots of dietary fibers ;~-

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  18. Dear Sirs/Madams,

    We are very glad to know your company via Internet and understand that you are interested in Seaweed, which we meet well.

    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our company to you:

    We are H.X EXPORT CENTRE established in 1995, one of the leading exporters situated in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

    Over the years we have developed customers base that practically covers the entire globe. The excellent quality and reasonable prices of our goods appeal to customers. In our drive for better quality products, we have trained experienced and well- knowledge staff to test and control quality. With our motto: “the quality is first”.

    We can supply all kind of raw seaweeds from Vietnam in very good quality and cheap price, please see the specs below:

    1- Sargassum – Herba Sargassi : consist of Dried, Liquid, Powder that used for Organic Fertilizer production and some other fields.
    Specification ( dried) :
    Moisture : 8% max
    Impurities : 3% max
    Mesh size: as per customer option
    Packing : 25kgs/ PP/ PE bag

    2- Dried Seaweed – Gracilaria : this is kind of main raw material of Agar , etc.
    Specification :
    Moisture : 15% % max
    Impurities : 3% -5% max
    Packing : in bale of 50kgs/ bag
    Use to extract Agar

    3- Dried Cottonii – Kappaphicus Alvarezii : that is kind of main raw material of Carrageenan, and used for medical branch , cosmetic , food.
    Specification :
    Moisture : 15% max
    Impurities : 3% max
    Packing : 50kgs/ bag
    Use for Carrageenan cosmetic and Food processing

    4- Green Seaweed/ Sea Lettuce Ulva lactuca:
    Moisture : 10% max
    Impurities : 3% max
    Mesh size: as per customer’s option
    Packing : in bale of 50kgs/ bag
    This is kind of main raw material of Animal feed.

    After receiving your feedback or any requirement from you in detail, we will send you the best price.

    If you are interested in our product, please contact with me. We are sure that you will be satisfied with our offer.

    I hope to receiving a new chance from your company.

    Best regards,

    Ms.Trang Nguyen

    Sales Exclusive/Sales Department


    Skype: nguyentrang.88

    Phone: +84-976.291.925



    625/3 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh St, W.26, Binh Thanh Dist.

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    Fax: 84-8-38040839

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