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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sea Vegetables For Health and Beauty

A big thank you to Sarah Abernathy for this interesting guest post! 
There are many reasons why I recommend sea vegetables as part of my Healthy Healing programs -- weight loss, cellulite control, detoxification, beautiful hair and skin, and more. The Greeks said that Aphrodite—the goddess of love—owed her soft, supple skin and sparkling eyes to the plants of the sea. 

Sea vegetables can transform your beauty and health! I believe that when we eat sea vegetables, and when we take seaweed baths or use seaweed masks, we are tapping into the ancestral and restorative source of all life -- the ocean. Include sea vegetables into your diet every day and you 'll see a difference. I do! Sea plants -- gifts from the sea!

Sea vegetables come in green, brown, red and blue-green algae. A quick profile: 

Kelp (laminaria) contains vitamins A, B, E, D and K, is a main source of vitamin C, and rich in minerals. Kelp proteins are comparable in quality to animal proteins. A brown marine plant, kelp contains sodium.

Kombu (laminaria digitata) has a long tradition as a Japanese delicacy with great nutritional healing value. It is a decongestant for excess mucous, and helps normalize blood pressure. 

Nori (porphyra, laver) is a red sea plant with a sweet, meaty taste when dried. It contains nearly 50% balanced, assimilable protein, higher than any other sea plant. Nori's fiber makes it a perfect sushi wrapper. 

Sea Palm (postelsia palmaeformis), American arame, grows only on the Pacific Coast of North America. One of my favorites, it has a sweet, salty taste that goes especially well as a vegetable, rice or salad topping. 

Bladderwrack (fucus vesiculosus) is packed with vitamin K -- an excellent adrenal stimulant. It is still used today by Native Americans in steam baths for arthritis, beautiful skin, and gout and illness recovery. 

Dulse (palmaria palmata), a red sea plant, is rich in iron, protein, and vitamin A. Tests on dulse show activity against the herpes virus. It can be a valuable herb for sexuality for men. It has purifying and tonic effects on the body, yet its natural, balanced salts nourish as a mineral, without inducing thirst.

Sea vegetables are tasty! Crush, chop or crumble any mix of dry seaweeds you like into soups, sauces, rice and salads. If you add sea veggies to a recipe, no other salt is needed- an advantage for a low salt diet. Sundried, they are convenient to buy, store, and use as needed. 

Sarah Abernathy is the coauthor of Healthy Healing 14th Edition, which has now sold millions of copies worldwide. To learn more, visit


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