9 Impressive Benefits Of Wakame

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9 Impressive Benefits Of Wakame
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Wakame is an edible seaweed that is commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It has an unusual brown or deep green color because it contains fucoxanthin, a unique compound rarely found in vegetables, which has several medicinal and nutritional qualities. The scientific name for wakame is Undaria pinnatifida and it is considered as one of the most invasive species of seaweed on the planet because it can grow as much as an inch per day in beaches, blocking other marine life.

In Japan, wakame is commonly used in soups, salads, as well as in the form of a side dish. It tastes briny, with a slightly sweet taste. This delicious seaweed is beginning to gain popularity in other parts of the world as well, particularly in France. The impressive list of health benefits has made wakame a staple in raw food, vegan, and macrobiotic diets.

Health Benefits Of Wakame

The best thing about wakame, besides its taste and versatility, is the enormous amount of health benefits that it contains. Let’s take a look at them in detail:

Controls Weight

The extremely small amount of calories, carbohydrates, and fats in wakame are one reason why it fills you up without adding too many calories to your diet. Wakame is known for its fat-burning properties as the compound, fucoxanthin, present in wakame inhibits the accumulation of fat in the cells and stimulates fat oxidation.

Prevents Cancer

Iodine, which is an essential part of any diet, is very high in all seaweeds, particularly wakame. Iodine has been connected to lower levels of breast cancer and this benefit is evidenced by many people who consume wakame. Furthermore, the lignans found in it have also been linked to lower levels of breast cancer.

Prevents Diabetes

According to a study, when obese mice were fed wakame, signs of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and hyperleptinemia in them disappeared. Fucoxanthin present in wakame exerts an anti-diabetic effect even on the human body.

Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Pressure

Along with its inhibitory effects on fat accumulation, fucoxanthin also stimulates the liver to increase its production of DHA, which is particularly a kind of fatty acid that actually lowers the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in your system. This is the type of cholesterol commonly associated with atherosclerosis and artery blockage, so you are able to protect yourself from various heart diseases, as well as heart attacks and strokes by adding this brittle, salty seaweed to your soups and salads.

Improves Blood Circulation

The high content of iron in wakame means that it increases your production of red blood cells. Iron is an essential part of red blood cells, and higher levels mean increased circulation in your cardiovascular system, which provides additional oxygen to essential parts of the body, boosts energy, enhances the health of your skin, and speeds up the healing process of all the tissues and organs in your body.

Boosts Energy

Magnesium is an extremely versatile and useful mineral in our body. The high levels in wakame mean that this variety of seaweed can help our body transfer energy efficiently, and help our body produce and utilize protein, which is essential for almost every bodily function related to growth or repair.

Improves Infant Health

Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is extremely vital for pregnant women, as it has been consistently connected with lowered chances of neural tube defects in infants. Wakame contains significant amounts of folate, so pregnant women should add some Japanese dishes to their diet.

Improves Bone Health

Calcium is one of the most important minerals when it comes to protecting the integrity and durability of our bones. The high level of calcium found in wakame helps your body with bone growth and speeds up repair. Wakame also acts as an anti-inflammatory and prevents inflammation of joints, thereby preventing early onset osteoporosis and keeping you fit and active well into your old age.

Balances Hormones

Iodine is the most important component of the hormonal balance in our body. It is an integral aspect of creating the thyroid hormone, which controls a number of processes throughout the body, and it is also necessary for the production of energy in the body. Wakame is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps reduce anxiety and fight depression.

Hair & Skin Care

The rich source of antioxidants present in wakame help to rejuvenate, moisturize, and smoothen the skin. It also contributes to keratin formation and helps in thickening hair and nails.

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