What an amazing nutrient profile this list of sea vegetables has. When compared with land vegetables we see they have 10 to 20 times the mineral content including iodine, calcium, and iron. Generally you won’t be consuming large portions of these nutritional power houses, although I have sat down to large bowls of soaked and rinsed dulse as a nice chaser to a green salad. And many times after rinsing I’ll mix large handfuls into my salad.
The list below contains varieties that can be found and eaten raw. There may be others, but this is a nice start. Many varieties of sea vegetables are quite tough and need to be boiled to make them digestible, so read labels carefully when you do your shopping. Check to see if it is sun dried or dried below 108 degrees, and if it’s been tested for toxins. After you find some varieties you like buying in bulk will save you money.
Sea vegetables are capable of binding with heavy metals and radioactive toxins in the body to safely escort them out of the body. When my dentist found an amalgam filing underneath an old crown that was being replaced he had me take some chlorella before he proceeded. Now that’s holistic dentistry. Perhaps now you’re beginning to see why this list is so important for good health to so many.
Out of this list of sea vegetables I would say dulse is the one that people enjoy the most. It’s very soft on the palate and actually melts in your mouth. It can be added to virtually any type of dish or eaten as a side to boost the overall mineral content. It can be used as a salt replacement when added to dishes, however if you intend on having larger quantities I would suggest rinsing it briefly to remove some of the sodium from the outside.
This list of sea vegetables also contains the algae chlorella and spirulina. These algae absorb toxins better than any other natural food and contain nine essential amino acids in a balanced and very easily digested form. They are both very high in chlorophyll, a very important nutrient. Chlorophyll is also a great purifier and works throughout the digestive tract to do just that. Adding a tablespoon of these algae to a green smoothie is a wonderful way to take them.
Some in the raw food movement don’t agree with eating sea vegetables, but it’s documented that humans living near bodies of water have included sea vegetables in their diets for thousands of years and perhaps much much longer. The Aztecs were one of the many ancient civilizations that consumed spirulina. I suggest you try the list of sea vegetables to find out what works well for you. And just as with all the foods you eat, choose quality when selecting sea vegetables or algae.
Chlorella (an algae) – a true super food , chlorophyll rich, anti-cancer, heavy metal and synthetic toxin removal, RNA, DNA, protein, mineral rich
Dulse – a nutritional powerhouse, alkaline, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and most of the B vitamins, including B6, contains high levels of iodine, as well as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium and zinc. A quarter-ounce of dulse provides about 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance of iron, and one cup of dulse can provide 4 to 6 grams of protein.
Kelp – highly mineralized including trace minerals, folate, B2, B5, vitamin K, vitamin E, iodine, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, sodium
Nori (aka laver) – beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin E, iodine, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, sodium, omega 3
Spirulina (an algae) - a true super food, chlorophyll rich, easily digestible, immune booster, anti-fungal, antibacterial, brain food, protein, GLA, RNA, DNA, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin, copper, iron, sodium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, omega3, omega 6
Wakame - beta carotene, vitamin E, folate, B1, B2, B3, B5, omega 3
This is the end of this list of sea vegetables. To see other lists of raw foods go to the links below.