This seaweed salad is made of seaweed by the name of Wakame which is rich in minerals vitamins and has an alkalizing effect on Acidity - Seaweed consumption is part of the building blocks of the Japanese women's beautiful skin, hair, and nails.
How do I know about it?
Back in the 1988, I spent few years working in Japan and Hong Kong - while I was modeling in Japan I worked closely with the most beautiful women observing their perfect skin, shiny hair, and strong nails, I was fascinated with their diet which at the time was foreign to me being raised on meat and dairy diet.
I observed a striking habit of consuming green leafy vegetables and broccoli in every meal. In addition the seaweed side dish was always present to complement and balance the meal, Often, another side dish Kin-chi would be present . I later discovered that every food group is there for a healing reason, an exceptional unique concept for a young woman raised in the western culture.
I investigated their diet and over time shifted mine to a Macrobiotic diet -this is how my skin acne cleared and I was able to maintain better weight and strong shiny hair. I love eating seaweeds in all forms and shapes. In fact, you can use it in the soup- the most suitable seaweed is Kombu, or Wakame ( much like the Miso soup), as a salad use these types of seaweeds: Hiziki, Dulse or Arame or as Nori rolls.
It is important to restrict seaweed’s consumption to 4-6 grams per day, that is enough to supply you with the amount of Iodin and all the essential minerals.
1 medium red onion
2 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
1-2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2-3 tablespoon Sesame toasted
Few slices of lemon
Presoak a handful of wakame in cold water for about 60 minutes or until soft drain and remove access salt and debris from the seaweed, it typically stays in the bottom of the water. (straining is best)
Place in a ball
Add cucumber slices
1 tbs of vinegar (apple cider or rice vinegar)
Red onion sliced thinly
Toasted sesame oil
Mix it all - you may add 1-2 tablespoon of Shoyu Gluten-free.
Serve as a side dish.
10 Health benefits of seaweeds:
1. 10 grams offers
Protein: 0.5 grams
Carbs: 1 gram
Iodine: 280% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
Manganese: 7% of the RDI
Folate: 5% of the RDI
Sodium: 4% of the RDI
Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
Calcium: 2% of the RDI
Each serving of wakame also contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as iron, copper, and phosphorus, contains a good amount of iodine, manganese, folate, magnesium, and calcium.
2. High Iodine Content May Support Proper Thyroid Function. Iodine is an essential mineral that your body uses to produce thyroid hormones, which help support growth, metabolism, protein synthesis, and cell repair. A deficiency in this key micronutrient can contribute to hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid is unable to make enough thyroid hormone to support normal function.
Symptoms of iodine deficiency can include weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and dry, flaky skin.
4. May Benefit Heart Health by Lowering Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol plays a role in many aspects of health, ranging from hormone production to fat digestion.studies have found that wakame may lower cholesterol levels to help promote heart health. However, human research is lacking.
6. May Decrease Blood Sugar and Improve Insulin Resistance
l studies show that wakame can reduce glucose production in the body and prevent insulin resistance to keep blood sugar under control. Yet, human research is lacking.
7. Help improve health gut buy neutralizing overly acidic conditions. Several animal studies have found that wakame can prevent weight gain and reduce the amount of fat tissue in the body.
8. Makes your hair looks shiny and full
9. Improve digestion helps regulate constipation
10. It helps with cravings for sugar.