Nori And Its Many Benefits

Nori is one of the most popular sea vegetables and has been consumed in Japan, China and Korea for thousands of years.  It belongs to the genus Porphyra, with many varieties being commercially grown and harvested to make nori sheets and flakes.  Western consumers are familiar with nori seaweed as the thin sheets used to wrap sushi.  Nori has a distinctive salty flavor that many people find delicious.

Nori seaweed can be reddish to brown, but the most familiar is dark green nori.  It can also be dark purple or almost black.  The dark color of nori sheets contrasts beautifully with sushi rice.

Culinary Uses of Nori

Nori is often used in soups and sushi, but it can also be shredded and sprinkled on salads, rice and stir-fries.  Toasted nori has a salty, nutty flavor and crunchy texture.  Consumers enjoy eating whole nori sheets dipped in soy sauce.

Nutrients in Nori Seaweed

Nori is one of the most nutritious types of seaweeds, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Department.  Thirty to fifty percent of nori is protein.  It is also rich in iron, making it an excellent alternative for meat and fish in the diet.  Nori is an excellent of nutritional iodine which is important in maintaining the health of the thyroid gland.

Other nutrients in nori seaweed include Vitamin B1, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and niacin.  It also contains essential minerals such as calcium, zinc, selenium, and copper.  Omega-3 fatty acids in nori help in brain development and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Benefits of Nori

  • Improves overall health.  Nori is high in nutrients including vitamins and minerals.  It can enhance your overall health.
  • Promotes weight loss.  High in fiber and low in calories, nori seaweed can help those who want to shed weight.
  • Moisturizes the skin.  Nori is found in many healthcare and skin products.  It cleanses the skin and helps prevent premature skin aging by keeping the skin moisturized and wrinkle-free.
  • Prevents cardiovascular disease.  Eicosapentanoic acid or omega-3 improves overall health and aids in brain growth and development.  Omega-3 has also been noted to reduce the occurrence of heart disease.
  • Prevents cancer.  A Korean study revealed that repeated utilization of nori seaweed was linked with lower rates of breast cancer in women.  Nori contains antioxidants and vitamins that fight free radicals and prevent cell damage that could lead to cancer.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels.  Studies show that consumption of nori seaweed has a beneficial effect on the body’s cholesterol levels.

Want to consume more Nori? Eat plenty of sushi and/or get yourself a supply of Emerald Sea Vegetables Supplement. Nori is one of its key ingredients!

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