Seaweed for Healthy Cholesterol Level
Seaweed is a multicellular algae that we can easily find them in the sea all across the globe. Some seaweed is edible. It is very popular in Asia, including Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippine and some European countries, including Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Some seaweed is foraged from the wild but to meet the high demand for seaweed, people are now farming seaweed with Indonesia and Philippine as the two biggest producers of seaweed. Lately, the popularity of seaweed is increasing greatly with more and more people all over the world consume it. Beside its tasty reason, people consume seaweed for its health benefits, including maintaining healthy cholesterol level.
In the market, you will find four common types of edible seaweed. They are kombu, arame, wakame, and nori. Those names are Japanese, but you will find people use different names in different countries. From those four seaweeds, nori is the one which can help you maintain healthy cholesterol level. Nori is dried porphyra, green seaweed that is used for sushi, soup, and salad. However, some people eat it as snack. In Korea, nori is named gim, and Chinese call it zikai. Nori is rich of protein and fiber. Moreover, nori contains mineral salts, taurine, calcium, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B12.
Studies found that consumption of nori can help you maintain the cholesterol level. You can consume it as snack or you can cook it. Nevertheless, if you never eat it before, you need to try a small amount of nori first since you may experience a stomach upset. For the first time, it will be better if you cook nori into soup or porridge than eating it as snack. If you have a problem with your digestive system, you will likely experience a stomache when consuming seaweed. Even more, seaweed is not good for people who take thyroid medication or diabetic medication. You need to consult with your doctor about it.