Frequently Asked Questions
What is seaweed?
Seaweed (also sometimes referred to as kelp), grows in shallow nutrient-rich salt water along many coastlines around the world. Botanically, this plant is classified as algae. It is a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals, including essential trace minerals. Seaweed is dependent upon the sea for its nourishment — a rich environment, since the sea is the repository of all the minerals that have been washed from the land through-out millennia. Oceangreen Organics uses the most nutritionally dense seaweed available — Macrocystis Seaweed (brown bull kelp).
How is seaweed harvested?
Macrocystis can grow as much as two feet per day. Seaweed's environmental requirements are sea water, light for photosynthesis and a firm attachment, Seaweed is dependent upon the sea for its nourishment (they have an excellent ability to take up minerals from the water and hold onto these minerals in their cells). Historically, seaweed has been readily available, accessible and used as a food source by coastal communities for centuries.
Note: Only purchase seaweed from a reputable and organic supplier — it is important to know where your seaweed is harvested from. Seaweed absorbs the nutrients as well as nasty pollutants and chemicals from the growing area. Heavy metals levels in seaweed can vary dramatically between batches and harvest location. Use a reputable company that tests their products for contaminants.
What is the science behind seaweed's health properties?
Awareness and research around seaweed have been growing over the past 5-10 years. Although seaweed has been used for cultural and healing purposes for hundreds of years, it isn’t until fairly recently that seaweed has captured the global attention of the cosmetic, health and skin care industries.
Brown seaweed is considered the number one food with the highest concentration of iodine. Iodine is essential for the balance and health of the thyroid gland, which in turn is responsible for a healthy metabolism, the digestive system, and mental and physical energy levels.
What vitamins and minerals are found in seaweed?
Macrocystis pyrifera seaweed (Brown Southern Pacific Seaweed) is what we use in our seaweed supplement capsules. It contains a unique and comprehensive combination of 56 minerals, vitamins, electrolytes and trace elements — including notable amounts of iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, zinc, potassium, bromine, iron, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, align, mucopolysaccharides, histamine, and vitamins A, B-1,B-2, C, D and E. It also contains important trace elements such as selenium — an element that is somewhat lacking in land vegetables due to soil demineralisation.
The nutrients found in seaweed help support numerous structures and functions throughout the entire human body.
Current research of the unique properties of seaweed make it beneficial to the body in several ways. Research findings have identified and highlighted numerous healing and topical health properties. Worldwide research is continuously being done and Macrocystis seaweed has been found to be the most beneficial type. This research has identified significant features and benefits to human health. Read more about Macrocystis here.
Why is seaweed good for you?
Seaweed supports a healthy metabolism. It is a natural superfood loaded with trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Most notably, seaweed is a rich, natural source of iodine which can provide adequate levels to stimulate a sluggish thyroid and encourage a healthy metabolism. The unique properties of seaweed make it beneficial to the body in several ways.
What is fucoidan?
Fucoidan is a substance found in the cell walls of certain seaweed species that is used medicinally for a wide variety of health purposes. You might take fucoidan to help treat high blood pressure, infections or allergies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) say that brown seaweed is one of the best natural food sources of iodine — an essential component in thyroid hormone production.
Did you know?
Oceangreen Organics Seaweed Supplement is the only 100% pure New Zealand nutritional seaweed in the marketplace. We are unique — we are the best and will deliver the best results to you.
The mineral content in sea vegetables (seaweed) is about 10 times higher than that of garden vegetables. Seaweed is packed full of chlorophyll and soluble dietary fibre — with a balanced combination of minerals including potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium and iodine. Calcium and magnesium together regulate many functions — including muscles and the nervous system and iodine is essential for human health.
Macrocystis pyrifera seaweed is one of the most nutrient-rich algae on the planet. It grows in the nutrient-dense ocean waters off the Southern Pacific shores of New Zealand. New Zealand's clean waters are a nutrient-rich treasure chest in which the seaweed thrives, pulling high concentrations through their leafy blades.
Brown seaweed has more calcium than many vegetables, including kale and collard greens. Calcium is important as it helps to maintain strong bones and optimal muscle function.
An incredible source of:
Natural Source of Iodine, plus,
over 52 vitamins & Minerals
Advocated as the food of the future — the oceans' superfood.
According to George Mateljan Foundation - "Iodine is a key component of the hormones made in the thyroid gland. These hormones are absolutely critical to human health, helping to control energy production and utilisation in nearly every cell of the body"
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