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The value of Natural Seaweed Products in a Healthy Diet.

When we think of the sea, we think of health, invigoration, cleansing, and rejuvenation. The feeling of being alive and yet peacefully calm. The birthplace of life on Earth. Interestingly, sea vegetables (phyto-plankton) can transform your health, tapping into the ancestral and restorative source of all life: the ocean.

The Use of Seaweed & Algae as Nutritional Supplements in the Prevention of Chronic Disease.

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Seaweed or iodine in bread? 
Iodine was used as a dough conditioner in making bread, and each slice of bread contained 0.14 mg of iodine. In 1980, bread makers started using bromide as a conditioner instead, which competes with iodine for absorption into the thyroid gland and other tissues in the body. Iodine is essential for the body of humans and other animals and is detected in every organ and tissue.  It is found in high levels in the thyroid, breast, liver, lung, heart, and adrenals.  Iodine is essential in pregnancy.

There is a big difference between uptake of iodine in the countries who do use a lot of seaweed like Japan and other who do not.
Different diets lead to different diseases and have effects on vitality and ageing.  The understanding how dietary habits of different groups of people related to their degree of health important.  Both clinical research and epidemiological studies, which compare the rates of diseases in populations with different dietary habits, point to Japan’s low rate of hart failure, obesity, breast cancer and healthy ageing …
For expert opinions one Iodine please go to Google or Yahoo and type;” iodine for health “ in the search bar. In our seaweed page we only want to draw your attention to these discussions/research, because of the impact and consequence.

Disclaimer.

The stories on the web page is not all mine, nor told by me alone and if at any moment the facts seem to alter you can choose the fact you like best, none of them are false, and it is all about one and same, the sea, birth place or the origin of life!! …Ria

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Introduction or journey into sea/seaweed.

As many people and cultures have realized over the centuries, vegetable products from the sea can help you to live both better and longer. Our products won’t reverse the aging process, but they can certainly help slow it down! Why? Because people  have the potential to grow old in good health.   It makes perfectly sense to reconnect with the past, to embed ancient knowledge and tradition in daily routine. Use present and past to help shape the future. Research has shown that cutting calorie intake, while maintaining vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and other essential nutrients can prolong life by up to 40 per cent. It is thought to slash the risk of cancer, diabetes and stoke, while staving of age related degeneration of the brain and nervous system. Tradition has it, that periodic fasting and cleansing as promoted by the main religions have a similar effect. The use of low caloric food, rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients, seaweed and other products of the sea, watery type fruits enhance the  ability to support and strengthen these processes.

Vegetables & Seaweed.

The Japanese are among the greatest consumers of seaweeds, and many seaweed or sea vegetable varieties are best known by Japanese and Chinese names. There is no question about there overall health superiority in numbers. Seaweed and vegetables.

Seaweed Benefits, Health, and Ageing.

Seaweed the Most Important Food on Planet Earth, a Gift of the Sea.

Land plants require a rigid structure to withstand the constant pull of  gravity, which marine plants do not need. Instead, they do need a flexible structure to accommodate the varying stresses as result of currents and wave motion. Seaweed and algae have, unlike their earthly cousins, no roots, leaves, or vascular systems. They nourish themselves through osmosis, attracting gases and nutrients dissolved in the watery environment that is their home.

Because of the lack of a vascular system, the minerals/nutrients in seaweeds are in colloidal form, able to retain their molecular identity in liquid suspension. The micro nutrients and electrolytes in seaweed are bio available, in a form that human cells need to mesh with their metabolisms. Not surprising really, because the composition of human blood plasma, or fluid surrounding cell membranes, is similar to that of seawater.

Seaweeds do need light to grow.

Seaweed is a Photosynthetic organism, relying on a variety of pigments to capture light energy from the sun.

The deeper seaweed and algae live, the darker their color will become. Long wavelengths (red and infrared) are absorbed in the top meters of water, the very short wavelengths (ultraviolet) of the light can penetrate much deeper, and below 20 m it is mainly blue-green. Differences in color mean different chemical compositions.
A seaweed or algae cell to be  seen as a mini (micro) chemical manufacturing plant, must be able to produce and contain an amazing wealth of chemical components: more than 60 different sometimes highly complex and active marine substances. This is the only link we know of able to realize the organic substance synthesis from mineral elements. The major minerals are instrumental in all kinds of life-sustaining activities in your body. Most enzymatic functions depend on minute amounts of these bio-available trace minerals.
Additionally, negatively charged minerals can help increase the transport and bio availability of other food nutrients and supplements as well. In addition, there is food storage of starch and oil (bio-energy) and finally the poly-saccharine being part of the cell wall structure or fibre. Used in food structuring, cosmetics, health care, they also have many industrial applications.
 Poly-saccharine possess reasonable physical properties, can be modified and changed at room and body temperature, and the changes reversed using ionic, electrolytic, or chemically, enzymes and bacteria.
Their structure allows them to become water soluble or changing to not. Chemical reactions taking place at low (body) temperature of paramount importance.

Table below  to be used as indication.

                      color, (photosynthetic pigments), food storage and Cell Wall components.
Division
Photosynthetic pigments
Food reserve
Cell Wall components
Chlorophyta (green algae)
chlorophylls a and b, carotenoids
starch
Polysaccharides or cellulose
Phaeophyta (brown algae)
chlorophylls a and c, carotenoids including fucoxanthin
Laminarin and oils
Cellulose and algin
Rhodophyta (red algae)
chlorophyll a and d, carotenoids, phycobilins
Floridean starch
Cellulose, pectin compounds, impregnated with calcium carbonate in some species
Unbelievable, Seaweed contains neither roots nor blood vessels, feeding directly from the seawater through the plant (Cells) surface. It is able to taking full advantage of all the nutrients present in the sea without having to undergo any complex transformations.

Fibre or cell wall components.

Seaweed itself constitutes a source of dietary fiber that differs chemically and physically from those of land plants and induces different physiological effects. Referenced data indicates that algal dietary fiber may show important functional activities, such as antioxidant, anti-mutagen and anticoagulant effect, anti-tumor activity, and an important role in the modification of lipid metabolism in the human body. An increase in their consumption would elevate the foods offered to the population.

History of cancer.

There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer.

In industrialized societies cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death, said Prof Rosalie David at the University of Manchester. Prof David and a colleague, Prof Michael Zimmerman looked for evidence of cancers in mummified bodies from Egypt and South America going back up to 3000 years. There conclusion that cancer is a man-made (by man, for men) disease and it was not until the 17th century that they found descriptions of breast and other cancers. Researchers showed that rates of the disease have been risen dramatically since the industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer,-apparently proving that the increase is not simply due to people living longer.
Cancer is becoming a larger problem every year. More and more people get cancer early in life. Recent statistics show that men have a 1-in-2 lifetime risk to develop a cancer. For women this risk is 1-in-3. The last few decades, cancer has started to reach epidemic proportions. Just ask around: You’ll be astonished by the large numbers of people that have gotten cancer (or have already died). Then ask your parents or older people if this also happened in their generation. Not many people know it, but please take a look at these statistics: The cancer death rate in 1900 was 64 per 100,000 Americans. In 1950, this figure has risen to 130 and currently, it’s at an all time high of 140-150. We’ve got many new treatments (chemo-therapy, radiation, etc) and told that it is manageable and new treatments will  eradicate it soon, but the numbers keep rising. If this trend continues, cancer will become the leading death cause before long.
The four most common causes of ill health and premature death in Western affluent nations are, cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. They are all related to a bad diet, lifestyle and pollution..

Use of seakelp and seaweed for the prevention of chronic disease.

Many physical ailments in both humans and their companion animals can be regularly resolved with the simple addition of a little seaweed to their respective diets. However you have to act in the here and now to reap the benefits later. People consider themselves healthy unless they are ill or overweight, a kind of borderline health. Optimum health is more. For optimum health you need to achieve vitality, mental clarity, and improved digestion. Most of us need to consider weight loss as a reduced risk for development of serious diseases.

Another important fact is that all life started in the oceans (water), our common origin. Life’s watery beginning continues to be present in all living processes, plant, fish, birds and animal alike. Seawater has almost the same proportion of minerals as the human blood. Seaweed is a universal type of food and plants, fish, birds, and animals can benefit from its use.

Optimum health: studies show that the ideal blood chemistry is slightly alkaline. Unfortunately, most people are overly acidic due to poor diet. The good news is that you can achieve a more alkaline pH using small amounts of seaweed. To determine your pH level, you can purchase a pH test at your local health food store. The ideal is a neutral score of 6.8 to 7.1. Anything below 7 is acidic, above 7 alkaline. Use your saliva or urine: the test is relatively easy and accurate.

Applications.

Applications include: alternative health, alternative medicine, health foods, health products, dietary supplements, nutrition, minerals and vitamins, pet food, cosmetics, bath, drinks, fertilizer, bio fuel, etc.

Early Medicine.

The “folk medicine” in coastal zones made extensive use of a variety of seaweed species. Knowledge of the tonic and healing powers of seaweed was passed down among coastal peoples from generation to generation because the mineral content of sea vegetables is extraordinary, and is seen as the root of most of their healing properties. Seaweed has been part of the traditional diet of all coastal cultures, like Japan and China, Hawaii, Wales, Scotland, Iceland, and Ireland. With advances in medicine today, the reasons behind the success of some of these treatments are being elucidated, because we now understand more of the nutritional and biochemical properties of different seaweeds or algae.
Most of use could need a little bit of seaweed or sea kelp. Regular, long-term dietary inclusion is reputed to help regulate metabolism and energy, stimulate the immune system, soothe the digestive tract, cleanse the blood, protect against bacterial and viral infection, maintain healthy cellular function, and support the proper functioning of the endocrine glands, especially the thyroid.

Whole food; vegetables, fruit, spice and herbs.

For the first 8000 years of civilization, humans relied on foods and herbs for medicine. It is only in the past 70 years that we have forgotten our medicinal “roots” in favor of patent medicines. While pharmaceuticals have their value, we should not forget the well-documented, non-toxic and inexpensive healing properties of whole foods.

Nutrition Chart.(Indication)

Sea vegetables are virtually fat-free, low calorie and one of the richest sources of minerals and fibre in the vegetable kingdom. They have ready access to the abundance of minerals found in the ocean. Coastal peoples all over the world have prized seaweed as a source of valuable nutrients, primarily minerals, for eons. Ancient tradition: the power of the Earth (plants) to be combined with products of the sea (flexibility), key to a long and healthy life.
It is the most important food on Planet Earth? A gift from the sea. Such nutrition is necessary for our journey to optimal health and wellness. Additionally, negatively charged minerals can help increase the transport and bio-availability of other foods and supplements.
Seaweed or algae can help to build and sustain the broadild and sustain the broad nutritional balance of vitamins, minerals, and vital nutrients on which optimum health and vitality depends. Seaweed is important in any diet.
The use of depleted soil/pesticides and herbicides (modern farming) and food processing worsens the imbalance. In fact, seaweed contains 10 to 20 times the amount of minerals, trace elements, and vitamins than found in commercially grown land vegetables. Gram for gram, they are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other class of food. In addition, they have outstanding nutritional profiles. Essential fatty acids, nucleic acids like RNA and DNA, and phyto-chemicals as carotenoids. Recommended use 2 gram (1DR)/day.
 Between:
•            10-40 % minerals, Ca, Cl, K, Na, P, Mg, Fe
•            Oligo-éléments Zn, Cu, Mn, I, Se,Mo, Cr
•            20-45% protein with a good amino acid profile
•            Vitamins beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), some vitamins ofthe B complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, & Folic acid. E and K
•            Up to 40% Soluble fiber (agar, carrageenan, &alginate )
•            10-25% carbohydrate (sugars & sugar alcohols)
•            3-9 %Insoluble fiber: cellulose, xylans & others.
•            1-4% fat
•            less than 10% water
•            2 % in Lipids, (high in PUFA)
Seaweed is used to help to build and sustain the broad nutritional balance of vitamins, minerals, and vital nutrients on which optimum health and vitality depend. They are low-calorie foods, with a high concentration of minerals, vitamins, proteins (digestible and indigestible), carbohydrates, and lipids.
Sea plants are regarded as more potent than land plants because they contain a great number of organic compounds known as phyto (plant) chemicals. Many of these organic compounds are necessary, but missing in our modern food supply. This mineral content of seaweed, vegetables, and fibre is extraordinary, and lies at the root of many of their reputed healing properties. The major minerals are instrumental in all kinds of life-sustaining activities in your body. Although therapeutic seaweed constituents can be extracted and are available and used in cases of chronic conditions, it is easier and cheaper to use whole seaweeds, not extracts. Use the seaweed uncooked if possible. Well dried seaweed, milled foe example is easy in use and if stored out of light and a jar last for years. Only small amounts are needed.

Health, Spirituality and Human Consciousness.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Our Bodies and Our Selves Reflect the Natural World. A world dominated by waves or vibrations. An ancient hermetic axiom states that everything is mind, everything vibrates and also proven in science.
Think of a world dominated by waves or vibrations, the universe connected by an underlying fluctuating energy field, a sea of energy connecting everything and anything, and different from the worldview propagated by science, politics, and the establishment.
Here you never act alone. All of our actions affect others and at the end of the day, or at the end of our life, the only thing any of us really “has” is our effect upon others.
How we treat others determines how others treat us.
How others treat us influences how we see ourselves.
How we see ourselves determines who we are and essential.
People need to be seen as indivisible from their environment. Consciousness represents the greatest form of order known to nature, and this order helps us shape and create order in the  in the world. The living consciousness is a blueprint and building block, not an isolated entity. The consciousness has the power to heal us, to heal the world, to shape it to be as we wish it to be. Reality is created by each of us only by our attention, at the lowest level in our minds and matter, where each of us creates the world. We have the ability to extend our own coherence out into our environment, simply by the act of wishing to create order.
Our brain perceives and records the world and universe essentially as an active participant and able to communicate with everything. This is the interconnection of all beings and things–where we are inseparably woven into the great web of life, matter, and cosmic space.
 
 The vibrations of one molecule causes another one to vibrate to or tune in (resonance), creating a cascade of electromagnetically impulses which travel near the speed of light. It explains the speed in which emotions like anger or fear manifest themselves. It is now clear that both specific molecules and inter-molecular bonds emit at certain specific frequencies which can be detected far away.

Important electromagnetic frequencies

The electromagnetic frequencies used correspond with frequencies in the audio range and lay between 20 hertz and 20 kilohertz. Replacing a mineral within a protein with another will lead to different properties and oscillating properties.
Within Ancient traditions; the power of the earth (plants) to be combined with products of the sea (flexibility) and variation (spices and herbs), digestion, is the key to a long and healthy life. In Okinawa old people did stay healthy and active well after their 100th birthday. This happened without science, healthcare, and food safety.

Here are some pointers:

The digestive system can/will slow down if not properly stimulated, by chewing less, using soft food, being in a rush, and watching TV. The problems with soft food and bad eating habits are that it might not challenge the digestive system needed to break down fiber and  encourage the gut to squeeze it along.
A weak gut can inflame easily from spicy foods, resulting in limits to the variety you can eat, loss of taste, and the enjoyment of good food.
Use a wide variety of food in the diet, both from a nutritional point of view, but also to maintain a healthy interest in food. You must eat enough food to get sufficient minerals and vitamins needed to fight heart disease, stroke, some cancers, obesity, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Malnutrition is one of the big problems in the ageing population.

Spirituality and consciousness are very important too;

the main point stressed that life is to be sought by man, not from within himself or in his own power, but from outside, from Him who emphatically is Life. (God, Spirit, Nature, Consciousness). The alternatives are the man-made/ruled society, the development of the city, state, and industrialization, man’s obsession with material goods, and at the end questions about the value of its foundations, what is best for humanity, sharing values, and its longevity, about power and greed.
 
Your body contains an antenna in the shape of DNA, and your body can’t receive and comprehend the whole message from Universe unless it contains all the trace elements of the Universe. Neither can it increase sensibility. It is not the amount in weight but the numbers present within the body that are important. To be available within the body of humans and animals, the minerals and trace elements have to be ch-elated or in colloidal forms, a concept known as “bio-availability.”

Another advantage is, using the more complex salts present in seaweeds, you will have less craving for simple junk food (salt). The craving for salt, despite the fact that most food are heavily salted with sodium chloride, home-cooking, restaurant meals, and preserved foods is a strong indication of potassium deficiency. Potassium is essential for even minimal nerve and muscle functioning, cross-membrane transport, for neurotransmitters, and hormones. Our bodies cannot differentiate between salt (sodium chloride) and the essential potassium chloride. Too much salt (sodium chloride) is not good and should be avoided. Seaweed and algae are Earth’s last unique resort and can help us to reconnect with nature, become whole, satisfied, and healthy again.
To live much longer and in full health has been humanity’s oldest dream. Every culture has cherished practices to offer the possibility of immortality or very long life. Mental and spiritual regimes, elixirs, black magic, diets, arcane sexual practices, and science enlisted to hold death at bay. People from the earliest cultures to the present have tried to stop or at least significantly slow the process of bodily deterioration. The Biological immortality most sought after a life of youthful vigor without physical limitations. To provide a kind of biological immortality can only be achieved if started at an early age. However, people who are born healthy can grow very old and remain in good health.

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