How does seaweed grow?
Compared to land-plants, seaweed is extremely sustainable as it requires no fresh water to grow, no fertilisers and does not compete for land with other crops or natural habitats. Seaweeds are categorised as red, green and brown, with the browns being the most nutrient dense source and most abundant.
How does seaweed survive in the ocean?
The sea is a repository for all the minerals that run off the land, and can also be an immensely harsh environment to survive in. As such, seaweeds contain all these minerals and nutrients, and have adapted to cope in environments with, for example, very high levels of Antioxidants to protect their cells. These attributes of seaweed translate into highly nutritious foods available for us to eat.
Is seaweed good for diet?
Seaweed is very much a forgotten food in the West, having been eaten traditionally in many countries, and still eaten daily in much of Asia. In fact, the rising popularity of Japanese cuisine and particularly sushi and the macrobiotic diet, has also done much to stimulate consumers to experiment with seaweed.
In theory seaweed is a food that should be consumed daily, being that it is immensely nutrient dense and provides all the vitamin groups, Amino Acids, trace elements and minerals. Not only this, but the historic uses of seaweeds for treating ailments such as colds and Skin conditions, to name but a few, are now being validated by modern medical research to show benefits in numerous health issues.