Gracilaria seaweed, locally known as “Gulaman Dagat” grows abundantly in many coastal areas in the Philippines. This seaweed is edible and eaten widely in the form of salad. Gracilaria is also a source of agar, and it is rich in carbohydrates and other nutrients such as crude protein, crude fat, and ash.
Seaweed refers to several species of macroscopic, multicellular, marine algae. The term includes some types of red, brown, and green algae.
Combined with other seaweeds in the market, this was one of the finest displays of edible seaweed seen in a local market in the Philippines.
Gulaman seaweed is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and can be tasty. For at least 1,500 years, the Japanese have enrobed a mixture of raw fish, sticky rice, and other ingredients in a seaweed called nori. The delectable result is a sushi roll.
Certain seaweeds do, in fact, possess powerful cancer-fighting agents that researchers hope will eventually prove effective in the treatment of malignant tumors and leukemia in people.
Hidden Health Benefits of Gulaman Seaweed
1. High protein content: from 20% in green algae to 70% in spirulina.
2. High mineral content, especially: iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium.
3. More vitamin C than oranges.
4. Natural iodine maintaining a healthy thyroid function.
5. Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties
6. Large proportion of natural, organic iodine aiding in maintaining a healthy thyroid function (not to be compared with the toxic substitute added to table salt.
7. One of the richest plant sources of calcium.
8. Polysaccharides: important in the prevention of degenerative diseases including cardiovascular and diabetes 2, increase the amount of feel-good chemicals in the brain, improves liver function, stabilizes blood sugar.
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