5 Benefits of Seaweed Salad
Under the Sea(weed salad)
Seaweed salad has become widely known with the rise of Japanese and Asian-Fusion dishes throughout the U.S., and we are excited to offer this delicious (and healthy) side dish at all three Timoti's locations. A perfect for summertime accompaniment, read on to learn the top five health benefits of our seaweed salad, and consider adding it to your favorite meal next time you stop by.
1. Cancer Preventative
Due to anti-inflammatory properties, seaweed is used to treat tumors in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Research has suggested that the consumption of seaweed lowers the risk of breast cancer, and in a 2004 study, it was found that the pigment fucoxanthin that’s in seaweed also acts as a chemotherapeutic compound in colon cancer cells.
2. Diabetes Preventative
Seaweed salad contains a pigment called fucoxanthin, which helps to reverse diabetes by suppressing body weight and fat. In 2009, researchers in Japan tested this on obese mice and found that adding wakame (seaweed) to their diets reversed insulin resistance and normalized conditions.
3. Supports Weight Loss
The same pigment in seaweed that prevents and reverses diabetes, fucoxanthin, is also a key component that burns fat when consumed. Fucoxanthin decreases bad cholesteral by promoting DHA production in the liver. This pigment in seaweed burns fat surrounding organs and supports weight loss because it produces protein in the body that causes fat oxidation.
4. Improves Brain Health
Studies have found that people who regularly consume wakame (seaweed) have an increased level of alertness and healthy brain activity in comparison to those who do not eat it. These people have also shown improved memory function that lasts throughout old age.
5. Good Source of Fiber and B Vitamins
Seaweed is a great source of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, which helps to prevent disease as well as boost energy levels.