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Boasts immune-boosting benefits
With cold and flu season approaching fast, celebrity chef and nutritionist Serena Poon suggests that consuming seaweed regularly can actually rev up your immunity because of its detoxifying effect on the body. “Full of immune-boosting minerals (such as calcium, zinc, and iron), seaweed fuels our bodies with the ability to help regulate and detox our blood and lymphatic system,” Poon says.
Protects your skin
“The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants inside seaweed work to protect our skin as well,” Poon suggests. “This includes protecting the skin against free-radical damage, dehydration, sun damage, and inflammation.” Additionally, Poon explains that the rich vitamin C content in seaweed also provides the added beauty benefit of supporting collagen production, which keeps your skin looking healthy.
Makes a great addition or substitute for your favorite foods
Seaweed is also filled with delicious flavor. Poon explains that its distinctive and comforting umami taste can easily amplify the flavor of any dish of your choosing. “Seaweed is an easy addition to soups, salads, and Buddha bowls,” she suggests. You can also use it as a delicious and nutrient-dense wrap.
“Seawood also provides a fiber-rich alternative to carb-heavy noodles and pasta,” Poon says. However, if you prefer your seaweed in snack form, she advises looking for seaweed jerky (yes, really!) and chips to send those midday munchies packing.