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Clever Guts and Seaweed

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In The Clever Guts Diet Dr Mosley writes: “One of the reasons why fermented foods are so good for the gut is that, gram for gram, they contain a huge number of different microbes. The microbes in fermented foods are also far more likely than most other bacteria to make it safely down into your colon because they are extremely resistant to acid, having been reared in an acidic environment.”

Dr Mosley also singles out seaweed as a gut-boosting powerhouse. 

“There’s a wonderful Australian researcher who I wrote about in the book [Dr Pia Winberg from the University of Wollongong], who has done some first ever human trials on the effects of seaweed on the gut,” he explains.

Dr Winberg recruited 64 people who were overweight or obese, who were randomly allocated to take one of three capsules each day for six weeks, Dr Mosley explains in the book.

One of the capsules contained 2g of a special seaweed fibre, the second capsule contained 4g, and the last capsule was a placebo.

Seaweed and Fibre

Blood and stool samples were taken at the start and end of the study, and those who consumed the seaweed fibre experienced a significant reduction in inflammation, increased gut bacteria, and reduced constipation. They also reported feeling less desire for sugar and fast carbs, and experienced an improvement in psoriatic skin disorders. 

Seaweed and Asian Cuisines

“Asian [cuisines] have been big in things like seaweed, but seaweed has not, historically, been a major part of western cuisine. So I’m adding seaweed to my diet,” Dr Mosley says.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Super Seaweeds at Exeter Vegan Market Sept 14th

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Seaweeds at Exeter Vegan Market

A mindfully curated  Vegan Market at The Corn Exchange in Exeter, showcasing local independent, ethical, vegan friendly artisans, traders, makers and small businesses. The event is co-ordinated by a not for profit group including Exeter Friends For Animals (EFFA) and Fairfoods and proceeds will go towards supporting EFFA campaigns. The next market is on September 14th and Ebb Tides Seaweeds will be attending with their super seaweed products including seaweed gins and seaweed vodka ideal Christmas Gifts.

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Vegan Super Seafood with Omega 3

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Seafood for Vegans

When you think of seafood, you might think of just fish and shellfish; but in the seafood world, many options exist that are simply overlooked. Here at Ebb Tides Seaweeds , our definition of seafood includes any form of food from the waters, including fish, shellfish, mollusks and crustaceans, and even sea vegetables like seaweed and algae. So, that means if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you can also enjoy the health benefits of seafood.

Seaweeds and Essential Vitamins

Classified as marine algae, seaweeds are chlorophyll-containing plants without true stem, roots, or leaves, often attached to rocks or other surfaces. Seaweed plays a vital role in marine life and is the primary source of food for a variety of creatures in the ocean. It contains essential vitamins and minerals, such as iodine, vitamin K, B vitamins, iron, and zinc with plant compounds that work together to have strong antioxidant effects (source).  

Seaweed and Omega 3

Seaweed and algae are also important sources of omega-3 fatty acids, as they are some of the only plant-based foods that contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) omega-3s. These fatty acids help to keep some of the body’s most important organs functioning and healthy at every stage of life, and our body doesn’t produce them on its own.

Seaweed and Planetary  Health

Plus, not only is it good for human health, it’s great for planetary health. Seaweed is abundant and grows quickly, plus it is fairly easy to harvest. Seaweed requires no feed other than sunlight and marine nutrients, which in the long run helps to reduce the effects of ocean acidification.

Vegan Umami Flavours 
Unlike land plants such as kale and spinach, seaweed contains preformed omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, so seaweed can be a reliable source of omega-3 for vegetarians and vegans. There are several types of seaweed, and it generally comes dried or in a powder form. Since seaweed is so versatile, there are many delicious ways to include it into your diet. You can mix it in soups, stews and salads for a salty, umami flavours, stir it into salad dressings, or eat them dried as a snack. Cooked seaweed dishes or seaweed salad can often be found at sushi restaurants or Asian markets – and don’t forget the sushi rolls! Most retailers now carry dried seaweed snacks and nori (a type of seaweed) sheets to make your own sushi at home.

For those following a vegetarian or vegan diet, you can also add DHA and EPA to your nutrition regimen in a number of ways by including food sources like milk and buttery spreads that are fortified with these algae-based omega-3s. Other sources include a variety of shelf-stable products like tortillas, pasta sauces and peanut butter.

Omega 3 Foods

Most omega-3-containing foods are fortified with DHA and sourced either from fish or from algae, so vegans be sure to read the food label before purchasing. Nearly all fortified food products provide less than 100 mg per serving, which falls short of the 250 mg recommended per day. Since your body cannot make omega 3’s, it is important to eat a diet rich in them to reap the full benefits. Consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, may help promote brain health, heart health and prenatal health.

By choosing Ebb Tides Seaweeds you can still meet your EPA and DHA daily requirements. It is important to note that ALA supplements will not provide the EPA and DHA your body needs. While an algae oil supplement containing DHA has been on the market for decades, only fairly recently have options become available that include EPA, as well. Be sure to read the supplement facts for which fatty acids are included in the supplement and the amount of milligrams it provides.

 

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3 Ways To Lose Weight with Seaweeds

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Lose Weight with Seaweeds

#Seaweeds contain Alginate that reduces #fat digestion by the body.
#Iodine in seaweeds helps maintain a healthy metabolism and burn #calories.
3 Seaweeds rehydrate in the stomach making you feel full and less likely to snack.
A few shakes a day onto meals from our easy to use shakers is all you need to help #lose weigh from your Ebb Tides shakers.

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Be Happy Eat Seaweeds

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Most commonly seen at your local sushi restaurant, seaweed is another food that makes you happy. Seaweed serves as a great source for magnesium and tryptophan. Magnesium is a mineral that helps relax your muscles, while tryptophan is an amino acid that helps in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter made in your brain that elevates your mood.

Doctors often prescribe SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) to increase serotonin levels in anxiety patients. Eating foods that help with serotonin production is a natural alternative to these drugs. You can find seaweed on the shelves as ‘spirulina’ if you’d rather take it in a supplement form. 

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