By Kelly Fitzsimmons
Want the beautiful physique of a mermaid with silky hair and glowing skin? You may need to adjust your diet. In this fairy tale, mermaids eat fish, sea vegetables and a dash of fat (following the Zone Diet, of course), which is how they get their healthy and youthful appearance. As it turns out, seaweed, a primary vegetable in their diet, has numerous health benefits that could help you embrace your inner mermaid.
I know what you’re thinking though… seaweed?!?! When it comes to weird, green things that wash up on the beach, most people would pass. However, if grown and cooked right, some types taste a little like bacon. Really.
Seaweed is a miraculous vegetable with numerous wellness benefits to keep mermaids healthy and strong. It helps reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, and contains a wave of vital health components. So what can you really get out of eating seaweed?
1. Up to 60 trace minerals, including Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Chromium
Minerals are vital for your day-to-day diet, especially iron since it provides strength and energy. Iron also helps nourish your circulatory system to improve blood flow. Women need 18 grams of iron a day, so this iron-rich vegetable is perfect for getting your healthy daily intake.
Want the most minerals of any seaweed? Nori, a common type of seaweed, includes almost all the mineral elements. They are used efficiently in your body to help maintain wellness. Nori also contains vitamins such as A, B and C, and about 1 gram of dietary fiber per sheet.
Depending on the type, seaweed can contain 14 times more calcium, by weight, than milk. Calcium, as most people know, is needed for healthy bones and teeth; it supports the structure and functions of both. That’s probably why mermaids are so strong and have beautiful teeth.
3. High in protein and low in calories
For a vegetable, seaweed has a great deal of protein and is low in calories to boot. From green algae with a 20% protein content, to spirulina at 70%, different types of seaweed can help act as a protein source depending on the amount you eat. Each tablespoon of spirulina, which can easily be worked into your meals, increases your protein intake by 4 grams. As for low calories, a cup of raw kelp or wakame seaweed contains less than 20 calories.
Most foods are deficient in iodine, except seaweed; making seaweed superior for obtaining your needed nutrients. It is vital to include iodine in your diet for your thyroid health, which supports the production and regulation of hormones. If you have an underactive thyroid gland due to lack of iodine, you could experience depression, a higher vulnerability to diseases, and trouble losing weight. No wonder mermaids are so happy and fit!
5. Vitamins A, C and K
Vitamin A supports your vision and eye health, while also aiding in the development of bone, skin and immune functions. Seaweed is also a good source for vitamin C, which is great since vitamin C protects you from immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease and skin wrinkling (hence the glowing skin). Vitamin K is important for avoiding sharks, since it helps the blood clot and prevents excessive bleeding. You’ll be getting vitamin D from the sun as well, as you’re sitting on your rock in the ocean, brushing your mermaid hair.
6. Our Zone-Approved Seaweed Recipes Taste Amazing
Seaweed can be cooked many different ways, such as in soups, salads, smoothies, dressings and side dishes. It is a healthy and unique addition to a meal. The protein from the two meals below come from the seaweed, and also Zone PastaRx Orzo. Give a try, and you’ll be eating like a mermaid in no time.
|Sushi Roll with Sauce|
This delicious Zone take on sushi makes for a healthy meal, utilizing the super sea vegetable—seaweed. There is no fish in the recipe, the protein comes from the Zone PastaRx Orzo and the seaweed.
Try our Sushi Roll with Sauce recipe.
California Sushi Roll Salad
This California roll is a delicious blend of soy and ginger infused orzo, while creamy avocado and crisp cucumber make this a cooling and nutritious dish.Try our California Sushi Roll Salad recipe.
Want to skip the hassle of cooking and go right for the benefits? Try our Sea Health Plus, our exclusive liquid blend of 14 fruits and vegetable extracts with 72 trace minerals coming from sea vegetables, including seaweed.