And Why This Slimy Sucker Is Good For You

Seaweed! That old slimy sucker.

You’ve most likely chewed on seaweed wrapped around a sushi roll in your time, but few of us would consider picking up a bag of the stuff at the grocery store as an actual snack or meal. But now, it might be time for a change: Seaweed is filled with antioxidants, calcium and a broad range of vitamins, but that doesn’t begin to scratch the slippery brown surface of this fascinating food.

Seaweed’s best-known benefit is that it is an extraordinary source of a nutrient missing in almost every other food: iodine. Consuming healthy levels of iodine is critically important to maintaining a healthy thyroid, a gland in your neck which helps produce and regulate hormones. A malfunctioning thyroid can result in a wide range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness and high cholesterol (to name a few). In severe or untreated cases, it can lead to serious medical conditions like goiters (a swelling of the thyroid gland), heart palpitations and impaired memory.

If that isn’t a good enough reason to start munching on your new favourite snack, what is!?

Content via: Huffington Post 

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