Seaweed has many benefits. For centuries our ancestors have used seaweed for various applications, mostly because seaweed is rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins and fibers that support people, animals and land.
Seaweed contains more minerals and vitamins than any land plant and the natural content of iodine in seaweed is a thousand times higher than any plant grown on land.
It is not surprising that Eskimos discovered that they can get their vitamins by consuming seaweed.
Compared to meat, Sea lettuce contains 25 times more iron than meat itself. Wakame also contains 10 times more calcium than milk and when dried 6 times more fiber than whole wheat bread.
Besides the fact that seaweed has rich nutrients, seaweed is good for even more elements. If 2% of the ocean surface were made up of seaweed farms, there would be enough to feed the whole world.
When a body of water the size of Portugal is filled with seaweed farms, there is enough protein for the entire world population. An area of 15,000 hectares of seaweed provides as much protein as 5.6 million chickens and 62 million cubic meters of green gas.
Some species grow 30 to 60 times faster than all plants on land.
Seaweed and the environment
Seaweeds grow relatively faster than land plants. Some species grow 30 to 60 times faster than all plants on land. It is estimated that there are 9 times more seaweeds in the oceans than plants on land. Despite this, we only use 3% of all seaweed. However, it would be very unwise to take all the wild seaweed out of the oceans. This would not only damage biodiversity, but also have a major impact to life on land.
Seaweeds have the special property that they can absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. Together they produce 70 to 80% of all the oxygen in the world, rainforests 20 to 30%, all the more important to protect our oceans and not consulme all the wild seaweed. The best solution is to grow seaweed through seaweed farms, which do not use fresh water and farmland and contribute to CO2 reduction and provide a habitat for life under water.
Did you know? Seaweed…
Is rich in vitamins A, B complex, C, D & K
has the ideal potassium/sodium ratio
Is richer in protein than most fruits and vegetables
contains essential amino and fatty acids, iodine and antioxidants
contains more minerals, vitamins and salts than any other country vegetable