As previously mentioned, seaweed is very high in Iodine which is very important in protecting the thyroid. The thyroid plays an important role in our metabolism, releasing thyroxin, helping our body’s metabolize and aid in our central nervous systems’ development and function. Iodine is necessary and can heal some thyroid issues but consuming too much is also problematic and dangerous. It is recommended to eat 2-3 servings of seaweed a week to reap the benefits but also stay in safe limits.
There are several types of seaweed and the most popular types include:
- Kelp- High in calcium, iron, iodine and vitamins A and B.
- Arame- High in calcium, iodine and has a salty taste that makes it perfect for vegetable dishes.
- Wakame- High in calcium, iron, iodine, potassium and phosphorus.
- Agar- High in iodine and is commonly used for making jello like deserts because of the jelly like quality.
- Hiziki- Very high in calcium, it actually has 10x the calcium than a glass of milk and has a very strong flavor.
You can find these varieties at the grocery store but will have better luck at a whole foods market or an ethnic foods store. I recommend buying a couple different kinds and tasting them before you go crazy and purchase every brand you find. They all have different textures and tastes but once you find one that is palatable and to your liking, there are loads of great recipes out there to try! I really enjoy seaweed salad and found this recipe that is delicious!