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The Benefits of Roasted Seaweed

Sep 25, 2013

Nori seaweed, also known as roasted seaweed, comes in large, flat sheets for use in making sushi. I like to crumble it into soups and salads. Eating roasted seaweed provides a variety of nutritional benefits.

Vitamin B6

A 1/3 cup serving of roasted seaweed provides 39% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B6. This vitamin, also known as pyroxidine, influences brain function that helps manufacture neurotransmitters and hormones.

Fiber

A serving of roasted seaweed (1/3 cup) gives you 3 grams of fiber. Adult men and women require 25-38 grams of fiber each day. The fiber in this food may help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. It also influences bowel health, prevents diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, and constipation.

Iodine

Roasted seaweed is a good source of iodine. Your thyroid relies on iodine to function correctly. Without enough in your diet, you may develop an enlarged thyroid or other thyroid problems.

Vitamin B12

Eat roasted seaweed to get more vitamin B12 in your diet. A 1/3 cup serving of this sea vegetable contains 21% of the amount of B12, also called cobalamin, required daily. This vitamin helps orm red blood cells, DNA, RNA and boosts immune function. A study published in 2011 suggests that elderly populations are more likely to have a higher risk of deficiency than other age groups. Children may also lack in this important vitamin.

If you take thyroid medications or blood thinners, consult your physician before making seaweed a part of your diet. Otherwise, step outside of your comfort zone and try something new to your health!

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