Sustainably wild harvested Ulva lactuca from the coastal islands of British Columbia. Often called “sea lettuce” this seaweed has a spinach-like taste and the texture of lettuce.
In Hawaii, Ulva lactuca is also called limu palahala and eaten in a variety of ways: mixed with other algae, salted and served with raw fish, boiled in water and served as soup, or served with chilli pepper, onions, soy sauce and sugar.
We find a high mineral content in Ulva lactuca especially iodine and calcium and offers a generous amount of soluble fibre. Rich in amino acids and unique compounds like astaxanthin, fucoxanthin, fucosterols, phlorotannin, mannitol and others.
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.