Seaweed is filled with vitamins, antioxidants, calcium, and iodine, a mineral important for healthy thyroid function. Scientific research suggests seaweed can also help regulate hormones and reduce the risk of some cancers related to the female reproductive system.
At West Village Market, we have a special line of hand-harvested seaweed from Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company. All of Mendocino’s products are hand-harvested ecologically from Mendocino County’s clean ocean.
Mendocino Kombu is known for reducing blood cholesterol and hypertension. It is high in iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. And according to this article in The Washington Post,
“Kombu has an almost magical ability to render beans more digestible and less gas-producing. But it isn’t magic: Kombu contains enzymes that help break down the raffinose sugars in beans, which are the gas-producing culprits. Once they are broken down, we are able to absorb more of the nutrients, and we can enjoy these legumes without as many intestinal complaints.”
The same article has suggestions for how to cook and use Kombu as a dietary supplement.
Bladderwrack is an excellentsource of iodine. It makes a delicious health drink if boiled in one pint of water and allowed to steep. It can be sweetened with cinnamon & nutmeg or lemon juice. Bladderwrack can also be cooked into a delicious vegetable soup. Find the recipe on the back flap of the Mendocino Bladderwrack bag!Lamanaria is sea kelp that can (and should) be used in the bath! It’s a chemical-free, all-natural way to soak up the healing properties of the sea. Just submerge your Lamanaria in hot bath water and relax while the Lamanaria rehydrates, energizes, and releases the ocean’s essence into your bath. Dry the Lamanaria between baths and use it again and again.
These seaweed packs make great socking stuffers, especially for those of us who live in the mountains and seldom have the opportunity to visit the coast for the healing benefits of the sea!