Seaweed as a nutrient for humans
There are many types of seaweed and at least 500 of these are edible. Seaweed is especially popular in Asia and it is now being used more and more in Europe for consumption in various products.
Because seaweed is grown sustainably, it does not need fresh water, soil or fossil fuels and so it lends itself very well as a food source. Seaweed also contains many vegetable proteins that do not affect the environment and can be processed well in products.
Dried seaweed is widely used as a seasoning. Because of the unique umami or salty taste that seaweed has, it can be used to give added flavor to many dishes.
Another application is that seaweed is processed in supplements, especially kelp supplements that boost health.
Seaweed in cosmetics
Seaweed can be found in more and more cosmetic products. In Asia, Kombu has been used for centuries to dissolve fat, soften the skin and strengthen the hair. Seaweed also has a stimulating effect on the repair of skin tissue and vitality of the skin. For example, seaweed prevents dehydration of the skin and seaweed stimulates collagen in the skin, which helps against aging.
Seaweed as a raw material for the pharmaceutical industry
Because seaweed contains many valuable nutrients, it has a rich herbal remedy. This herbal remedy can contribute to, among other things: a healthy thyroid, the reduction of cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, fighting bad cells, remedying inflamed joints, helping with weight loss, improving skin, hair, teeth and nails.
Seaweed for animals
Besides the fact that seaweed can be beneficial to humans, it also has applications for animals. Seaweed is used in animal food products to help prevent diseases such as arthritis and lymphoma, it makes a positive contribution to the vitality and health of animals. Research has even shown that fish grow faster and weigh more when fed seaweed.
Sea for agriculture and horticulture
Because seaweed contains essential minerals and trace elements, seaweed can contribute to life on land. Seaweed can increase plant resistance and aid growth, it also stimulates soil life and the fertility of the land.
Seaweed for industry
Because seaweed contains a lot of protein and starch, it can be used well as a raw material for various products in industry. Seaweed can be used to make biodegradable plastic. Additionally, seaweed lends itself well as a raw material for the production of biogas. Another advantage is that agricultural land is not used and biomass at sea is possible.