Coral Seaweed has been traditionally used as a food that mineralizes the body and restores health and vitality in cases of malnutrition. Coral seaweed is rich in minerals, sulfated polysaccharides, hyaluronic acid, alginates, pre-biotic fiber, fatty acids, enzymes, and a variety of vitamins.
Although related to Irish moss, coral seaweed is quite different in its structure and effects in the body.
Example of Irish moss:
Example of coral seaweed:
Coral seaweed works on the connective tissue and ligaments, and is really great for gut repair. This is especially beneficial for exercise recovery or general anti-aging in regards to regenerating these tissues.
Adding seaweeds into the diet is one of the best daily foods one can consume for overall health. They provide an array of protective antioxidants, support hormones, build the immune system and bring the gut microbiome into balance. They also support blood sugar and healthy weight.
Many components of what makes up the seaweed contribute to the above benefits.
Sulfated Polysaccharides: These particular types of sugars provide many benefits throughout the body, some of which we are not permitted to list on this site. A quick search on the NCBI site lists many of the benefits including anti-viral properties and antioxidant capabilities, as well as others.
These sulfated polysaccharides, along with the pre-biotic fibers in whole seaweed, help to rebuild the gut and fortify the immune system.
Minerals: The mineral ratios that are found in coral seaweed help to rebuild and nourish the joints, ligaments, and connective tissues. The long term benefits also extend to building strong bones and teeth.
Minerals like iodine are critical to proper thyroid and adrenal function, and help protect the body against toxic halogens found in the environment. Iodine in and of itself has tremendous value to the body, and one could write a whole article on this one mineral alone in regards to its relationship to health.
An important aspect to consider is that iodine is more beneficial (and safer long term) when consumed in its whole food form. Balanced with selenium and a variety of other minerals in the proper ratios, the iodine can be absorbed and utilized in a proper way. The trade off is that you need to be consistent with eating seaweeds in order to gain the long term benefits.
You can find concentrated versions of this seaweed in our Potent-C formula if you require higher doses. We synergize this with broad spectrum whole food vitamin C elements to further assist in tissue repair and brain health.
Detox: Seaweeds can help your body rid itself of toxins. It can trap heavy metals with fiber and alginates that absorb and help remove unwanted heavy metals from the intestines and colon. Seaweed also helps to support the liver, aiding in detoxification by providing minerals and enzymes that are necessary for proper liver function.
As a daily food you can use it in soups or smoothies, as well as chopped up into salads.
It is best to keep some soaking in pure water in the refrigerator in a 32oz ball jar for ease of access. This way, you always have some rehydrated and ready to use in a smoothie, miso soup, or salad.
Two Versions of Coral Seaweed Available
Our more hydrated coral seaweed shown above, is younger and more tender.
The older version is far drier and better for long term storage, backpacking, or any situation where ultimate preservation is of utmost importance.
It is good to use combinations of the two and provide different textures when using in a culinary application.
The same methods of rehydrating apply to both versions.
Young Hydrated Coral Seaweed contains 200g
Aged Dry Coral Contains 50g
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After rinsing the seaweed, i grate up some fresh ginger and put it in seaweed soak water. It gives it just a hint of ginger flavor, and makes the water even that much better to sip on. I highly recommend this product.