Sustainably wild harvested Macrocystis pyrifera from the coastal islands of British Columbia. Macrocystis tastes like the sea almost like raw oysters but with the texture of crinkled paper.
Traditionally, the Haida Gwaii First Nations eat Macrocystis with herring roe or dried salmon, sprinkled bannock, and with octopus. The Haida have a saying, “when the tide is out the table is set” and that is so true!
Often referred to as “giant kelp”, this beautiful seaweed contains a broad range of nutritionally beneficial compounds such as proteins, dietary fibre, antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Offering especially high amounts of protein, carotenoids, dietetic fibre and tocopherol.
Possible health benefits of eating 5 grams of dried seaweed a day include:
- Supports Thyroid Function: Seaweed contains iodine and tyrosine, which are essential for thyroid hormone production and thus help regulate metabolism, growth, and repair of damaged cells.
- Nutritional Value: Seaweed is a rich source of vitamins (A1, A2, B1, B2, B6, B9, B12, C, D, E, K and F), up to 92 minerals, dietary fibers, protein, essential amino acids, and polyphenols, and many unique bioactives which exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Weight Management: Seaweed may aid in weight loss due to its low-calorie content and the presence of soluble fibers like alginate that can suppress hunger.
- Blood Sugar Control: Compounds in seaweed may help stabilize blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
- Heart Health: Seaweed contains soluble fiber and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which may benefit heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Gut Health: Seaweed has fibers that act as prebiotics, feeding healthy gut bacteria and potentially improving digestive health.
- Immune Function: Seaweed may have compounds with antioxidant, anti-allergenic, and disease-fighting properties that help protect against infections.