Wakame Dried Sea Vegetable
Product of Japan.
Sea vegetables have minerals in them that is unique to the planet.
New studies have found that a compound in wakame known as fucoxanthin can help burn fatty tissue. Studies in mice have shown that fucoxanthin induces expression of the fat-burning protein UCP that accumulates in fat tissue around the internal organs. Expression of UCP protein was significantly increased in mice fed fuxcoxanthin. Wakame is also used in topical beauty treatments.
Wakame is a rich source of eicosapentaenoic acid an omega-3 fatty acid. At over 400 mg/100 kcal or almost 1 mg/kJ, it has one of the higher nutrient:calorie ratios for this nutrient, and among the very highest for a vegetarian source. A typical 1-2 tablespoon serving of wakame contains roughly 3.75–7.5 kcal and provides 15–30 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Wakame also has high levels of sodium, calcium,iodine,thiamine and niacin.
In Chinese medicine it has been used for blood purification, intestinal strength, skin, hair, reproductive organs and menstrual regularity.
In Korea, the wakame soup is popularly consumed by women after giving birth as miyeok contains a high content of calcium and iodine, nutrients that are important for nursing new mothers. Many women consume it during the pregnancy phase as well. It is also traditionally eaten on birthdays for this reason, a reminder of the first food that the mother has eaten and passed on to her newborn through her milk, thus bringing good fortune for the rest of the year.
How to eat:
Soak in water and add to salads or soups.