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Raw Seaweed - Superfood from the Sea

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Yesterday before sundown, I was on a lovely stretch of our beautiful beach in Ashdod engaged in personal prayer. I came upon a rock that was covered with seaweed, which is basically green algae. The ocean water was crystal clear. I took a chunk of the slimey green stuff, washed it off in the waves, and made a shehakol blessing. The taste was exquisite, like sushi or a fresh Chinese salad. And, my body rejoiced too. Why?

Fresh raw seaweed is one of the very best natural sources of dietary iodine, which is great news for your thyroid gland. What's more, it contains many other phytonutrients and vitamins. It's virtually the only vegetative source of Viamin B12, which is critically important for vegans. I'm not finished yet: it's also a powerful source of electrolytes as well as blood purifying chlorophyll and polysaccharides that act as natural detoxifiers of heavy metals and other toxic substances.  Seaweed helps to improve digestion, decrease LDL cholesterol, increase bone density, lower blood pressure and have been shown helpful for reducing excess body weight. It's loaded with iron and calcium too and protects against the "nasty big c", the disease we don't like to refer to by name.

Don't forage seaweed if your seacoast or seawater is polluted. And, stay away from freshwater algae because it is known to be toxic. If you don't have access to raw seaweed, try to obtain some organic seaweed - it's great for you.

Wow, what a gorgeous world Hashem has created for us. "Were our mouth as full of song as the sea, and our tongue as full of joyous song as its multitude of waves, and our lips as full of praise as the width of the horizon...we still could not thank You sufficiently, Hashem our G-d and G-d of our forefathers, and to bless Your Name" (Nishmat Kol Chai prayer).

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Rivkah

Eating raw seaweed is also subject to understanding how to clean it from the things we are not allowed to eat. I suggest anyone considering to gulp some down at the beach confer with a Rav first.

vincent meijer

At supermarket i can buy Japanese style seaweed in a little plastic box.
And that is what i am gonna do. Cause i don't feel so well. Of course i 'll have a fish to go with it. Because diversity is key anyway, and if Rabbi says it is good for you. And my soul who knows things subconsciously also, has a craving now for this, eversince i read this the other day....
This beats new age gurus' diet advice by lightyears, although they might have some usefull tips too, (and not so usefull) including superfood from the sea. Can't rule that out.
But the power is in the belief also. Obvious as a spiritual Noahide of the Seventh Kind (LOL) where my heart is into. And my belief comes from knowledge, that gives trust, and joy, and so on.
Thanks, take care, and shalom.

vincent meijer

And i am gooling the nutrients only just now, great!
What a tool the internet is!

Racheli

Vincent, if you're not feeling well, you should get checked out by a kinesiologist. Kinesiology is the best diagnostic tool there is, at least in my opinion! Google it! lol

Anna

Nice tip :)
Just don't take extra iodin when you are hyperthroid, are hyperactive etc. Be careful! :)

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