Beautiful, tasty summer dulse the red seaweed is in. My friend far up in Maine, Larch Hanson, has sent an email saying that it is time to buy dulse. As cooler nights and rich foods slow metabolism, we need an energy boost for health and beauty. Dulse contains a powerhouse of sea minerals to help us stay well, happy, fit, and active. Here are some of the many benefits of dulse.
Health Benefits of Dulse Seaweed
What contains more iron that sirloin steak, more calcium than cheese or more fiber than prunes? The answer is Seaweeds. An 8g serving of dulse about 1 teaspoon contains more Iron than a 100g portion of sirloin steak, incredible.
Potassium in Dulse
Potassium is necessary for every cell in the body. A deficiency of potassium can lead to weakness, illness, chronic fatigue, gout, goiter, stroke, or heart arhythmias. Dulse seaweed is a rich source of potassium, an essential cellular ion and low in sodium salts. A high potassium to sodium level is essential for proper heart health and recent studies have suggested that foods high in potassium may help prevent high blood pressure. Potassium prevents aging skin and poor quality hair because it detoxifies the body and renews cells. Current medical evidence suggests that the majority of Westerners are potassium deficient because they consume cooked vegetables. So eating dulse in soups, salads or chewing crisp dried dulse is an excellent way to add vital nutrients to the diet. Surveys show that American woman consume only about ½ the potassium they require for health. Potassium is lost from taking diuretics, laxatives, from hypertension or other weakening illness. The correct daily dosage for potassium is measured by scientists as mmls, mgs or other (Don’t you hate it! Why can’t they speak in teaspoons?) Adults are supposed to have about 5 grams a day; I figure a handful of dried dulse will do nicely.
Additional minerals in Dulse
Zinc is an important ion required for the proper function of an enzyme called DNA polymerase for example, DNA doubles during cell division, to divide and grow healthily, a cell requires zinc. Zinc is also essential for maintaining normal levels of vitamin A in the blood.
Manganese is required for a surprising number of essential enzymes, such as pyruvate carboxylase, which is a key metabolic enzyme involved in energy production from sugars.
Iron is recognized for its important role as a central component of hemoglobin, in the red blood cells, these cells transport oxygen around the body through blood stream. Taking an iron supplement can prevent or alleviate anemia.
Dulse for Women and Osteoporosis
Dulse is rich in calcium required by the body for the formation of healthy bones. Calcium is especially required by women who are at risk of osteoporosis and young children for the development of strong healthy bones and teeth. The importance of taking dietary calcium can not be overstated, recent evidence points to a link between heart disease and oral calcium supplements from the UK, this link did not exist with calcium taken as part of a healthy diet which contain foods that are naturally high in calcium like dulse.
Magnesium is found bound to adenosine triphosphate, the metabolic energy currency of the cell, this important energy molecule is involved in the majority of the biochemical process the cell undergoes, every minute of the day through an individuals life.
Iodine prevents gout and must be ingested by people who obtain nutrition from food grown in iodine poor soils. This ion plays a role in controlling thyroxine concentration, a body hormone that regulates energy levels within the body. People who are run down often find that an reduced thyroxine levels are at fault.
Vitamins in Dulse
Dulse and other seaweeds are an excellent natural source of vital vitamins and minerals we all require for a health functioning body, that will serve us throughout life!
Source: Biochemistry: The Chemical Reactions of Living Cells. Academic Press, Inc., New York.
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