Recently I hiked around the most remote and southern coast line of Tasmania. It was pristine, untouched and full of massive washed up clumps of kelp. Jurassic park kind of stuff, and nothing like I had ever seen before.
At one point I walking next to my friend (who is also a doctor) and we were chatting away when we drifted onto talking about the extensive seaweed. After mentioning that is it a great source of iodine, Andrew alerted me to the fact that as a population we are going to see a growing trend of iodine deficiency.
Why is this so I hear you ask?
Let’s look at it this way… The recommended daily intake of iodine is 150 micrograms for adults, or 200 micrograms for pregnant women. Major dietary sources include seafood and seaweed (sushi paper is void or any major nutrition), bread (which is fortified with iodised salt in Australia), and dairy milk.
If you don’t get enough iodine you may not be able to make enough thyroid hormone. This can lead to hypothyroidism – a condition where a person’s metabolism slows, they put on weight, become tired easily and feel the cold. It can seriously affect children also – especially at the foetal, newborn or infant stages – as their brains need thyroid hormone for proper development.
Obtaining iodine through the food supply is therefore paramount. We don’t need much iodine. A teaspoon of iodine is all a person requires in a lifetime, but because the body cannot store iodine for long periods we need tiny amounts regularly. But… Iodine deficiency has re-emerged in Australia with the introduction of new practices of sanitization in the dairy industry and a decline in use and consumption of iodised salt probably due to increased awareness of the association between high salt consumption and hypertension. (Himalayan salt which has far less than its counterpart)
Even though, as of October 2009, to boost our abnormally low iodine intake Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) – the country’s food regulator – is making bread manufacturers use iodised salt in the manufacturing process. Which is only really useful if you eat bread and not following a gluten-free diet…
So what’s the answer?
Let’s get back to the start of the story because there lies the answer!
Organic Seaweed Supplement!
After a bit of research, I discovered a pure source in New Zealand! Oceangreen Organics Seaweed Supplement is the only 100% pure New Zealand nutritional seaweed in the market place. The pure, clean and nutrient rich waters are absorbed into the seaweed which in turn produce ‘world class seaweed’. Because it absorbs the nutrients (and is freeze-dried) from its surrounding marine environment it rates up there as one of the best kelp varieties in the world. Plus I love that is a sustainable practice, as get this, seaweed can grow as much as a half a meter a day!
Can it get any better than this?
The answer is yes
Seaweed is rich in vitamins and minerals to help soothe, soften and reduce sensitivity – it also protects and maintains the skin’s natural balance. (great in treating sensitive skin types) It also helps with the signs of anti-aging (softens lines and wrinkles). Seaweed promotes skin hydration and assists with skin inflammation issues.
What’s more interesting (and I think pretty cool) is that in brown seaweed has certain compounds that are not found in land based sources – including Fucoidan – a type of carbohydrate that has some pretty impressive (incredible / wow stuff) properties. Linked to some impressive research studies on cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancers in general – as many in the healthy profession claim that it is indeed a nutrient-rich superfood!
Here’s some more useful facts
Key Fact 1:
Research from Newcastle University suggested that seaweed could be a key ingredient to losing weight as a compound found in it stops the body from absorbing fat. Research found that alginate, which is found in sea kelp, can help to suppress the digestion of fat in the gut.
Key Fact 2
Wild seaweed may be more nutritious than farmed. Note – Seaweed absorbs essential minerals like a sponge. But depending on where they are grown, they may also soak up environmental toxins and heavy metals. Oceangreen Organics Seaweed Supplements seaweed is harvested from a protected coastal area of the Southern South Island of New Zealand – free from shipping channels, effluent sites or high levels of pollutants. Check out the catchment area. -46.436437, 169.805414 (South Pacific Ocean)
Key Fact 3
Healthy Gut and aids in digestion: Seaweed has a mild laxative effect and is quite useful in maintaining healthy digestion. It aids in stimulating the release of digestive enzymes, supporting the absorption of nutrients, and facilitating the metabolism of fats. Studies have shown that polysaccharides exert prebiotic effects on the gut, which helps in normal functioning of beneficial stomach bacteria and shields the stomach wall against harmful bacteria. (Sourced from organicfacts.net)
As a special deal to Ironmum Karla, the beautiful Daneen at Oceangreen Organics has kindly offered a generous discount so you too can reap the benefits of this amazing superfood.
Use code “IRONMUM” (all capitals) in your cart at checkout
to buy a bottle for NZ$37 (usually NZ$44) + postage is NZ$8.50
That’s a whopping saving of $7 for a 60 capsule bottle!
Offer ends December 24th 2017