Seaweed Soup Benefits

Health Benefits of Seaweed Soup

January 24, 2019

Seaweed soup is often found in Japanese cuisine, which uses a variety of seaweed from Konbu, Nori, Aonori, and Hijiki. Some other kinds of seaweed include Arosep or what is also known as Sea Grapes which are known for their grape-like shape. However, seaweed is not often enjoyed due to its either weird texture or odd appearance which can make people reluctant to eat it. But seaweed has a lot of benefits.

Seaweed Soup makes it easier to take in the vitamins.

If you’re disgusted by the sight of seaweed then, the soup will be more pleasing to the eyes. When chefs boil seaweed, it’s often to get the flavor of the seaweed to enhance other dishes. However, as you boil seaweed – the vitamins found in seaweed also go into the soup. Seaweed is rich in calcium, copper, and especially in Vitamin K. It also is loaded with Iodine and Tyrosine which is good for improving thyroid health.

Seaweed soup has a lot of fiber to improve digestive health.

Like any other plant, seaweed is also made from fiber. And within the seaweed, there are also polysaccharides. These polysaccharides then help the good bacteria in your stomach clean out your gut. And having a healthy gut means, you’ll have better chances of absorbing nutrients and vitamins from your food. Also, you won’t be suffering from too many gut-related diseases.

Seaweed Soup can help control your blood sugar.

Since seaweed soup is made of water, it staves your hunger. But it doesn’t just do that; it controls the blood sugar in your body. Brown seaweed has a carotenoid known as fucoxanthin. Also known as xanthophyll, it is what gives the seaweed its olive green color and it’s also the one that helps control blood sugar in the body. It also helps in the lessening of cholesterol and the fight against obesity by burning up fat.

Seaweed helps you lose weight.

Asides from it controlling the blood sugar, seaweed soup helps you lose weight in two ways. The first way is filling the belly with liquid. When the belly is filled with liquid, the body assumes its full and tricks the mind into not eating any more food. At the same time, fucoxanthin has a delayed response in terms of metabolism. This delayed response then is what helps people control their weight or even reduce it.

Seaweed can give you nice skin.

Seaweed is rich in all sorts of vitamins. However, the main component that makes seaweed soup good for the skin is the antioxidants. Especially, the flavonoids and the carotenoids. One of its more famous antioxidants known as fucoxanthin was reported to be 13.5 times more potent than Vitamin E. Along with that, the antioxidants present in the seaweed help clean the liver which will reflect on your skin. Skin will start glowing brighter and you’ll feel more bright-eyed due to the cleaning done in your body.

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