Sea Vegetables

Kelp. Nori. Wakame. Dulse. Kombu. Arame.


These sea-stringy things sound weird, and they look scary – dark, fishy, almost foreboding. Can we really eat them, and enjoy them?  Are they actually good for us?

And aren’t they called seaweed?

Well, yes. They were more commonly referred to as seaweed but have enjoyed a ‘renaming’ as the pleasant-sounding sea vegetable, as a result of much research that has discovered these vegetables to be virtual powerhouses of nutrition.

The sea vegetables listed above are some of the more common types that can be found at your local natural foods store. I eat my fair share of them regularly; my sea vegetables of choice at the moment are raw nori sheets and dulse flakes.  A close relative – the fresh-water, blue-green algae called spirulina –is another one of my personal favourites. Truth be told, I do believe these vegetables are an acquired taste but I seem to have warmed to them pretty quickly and now I really enjoy them added to my meals.

Let me explain why you too should welcome sea vegetables into your diet.

For starters: alkaline-forming sea vegetables provide potent anti-inflammatory compounds and are high in protein and fiber, slowing fat absorption and thus promoting weight loss, healthy bowel movements, and stabilizing blood sugar levels to reduce cravings.

These jewels of the sea are loaded with minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine, manganese, chromium, and many more.

Iodine, for example, helps to stimulate an underactive thyroid. Magnesium works on underactive adrenals, by producing enzymes and energy needed to promote a healthy cascade of hormones. Most sea veggies are excellent sources of calcium and iron, which bodes well for bone health and maintaining energy levels.

Further, sea vegetation is currently being studied for its positive effects on: cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, detoxification, infection control, intestinal cleansing/healing, sexual health, thyroid balancing, weight loss, and wound healing.

And if the above information hasn’t convinced you yet: all sea vegetables are dubbed as anti-aging and as good-for-you skin food – helping to provide clear skin with a glow, and gorgeous, lustrous hair.

To ease into the sea vegetable world, buy a package of dulse flakes and sprinkle a teaspoon over your next salad (taste as you add – it’s salty!). Or, pick up a packet of raw nori sheets and wrap around slivers of avocado, finely chopped raw carrot, celery and sweet onion, and top with tomato and alfalfa sprouts.


Note: Please make sure that your sea vegetable choices are high-quality and pollutant-free. Look for brands in natural foods stores that carefully source their products. A little homework is required!