13 May Wakame seaweed properties, benefits, and usage
For some time now, in the West, we have not stopped talking about the wakame or undaria seaweed, and many of us still do not know what their properties and benefits are. In this article, we will explain what exactly this type of algae is, what properties it has in humans and what its benefits are.
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What is wakame seaweed?
The wakame seaweed, also known as undaria, by its scientific name Undaria Pinnatifida, is an alga native to the Sea of Japan, where it has been cultivated for centuries. But it is also found in New Zealand, Australia, and even in France, England, and Spain.
For centuries it has been used in the East for a multitude of traditional dishes, such as miso soup, but also to treat skin and hair. In the West, this type of algae is gaining many followers as a cooking ingredient due to its properties and benefits. It contains a lot of water, hydrates, proteins, and vitamins. All these benefits and their possible uses are explained in this article.
Properties of wakame seaweed
The fresh wakame, not dried, has high concentrations of water, hydrates, and proteins. The dried seaweed has the same nutrients but more concentrated. It also has very few calories and fats with a high satiating effect due to its high water content.
This type of algae has a high content of calcium, magnesium, and iron. It also provides iodine, different vitamins of group A, B and C and, especially, folic acid.
The wakame also has natural pigments very useful for the skin and body. For example, it has a high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Moreover, it has neuroprotective and accelerating properties of metabolism.
By way of summary, the most remarkable properties of Wakame undaria are:
- It contains water, hydrates and proteins, and a few calories
- High content of calcium, magnesium, iron, folic acid, and iodine
- Vitamins of group A, B, and C
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
- Metabolism accelerator
Benefits of wakame seaweed
All the properties mentioned previously have a direct effect on the organism. For example, the wakame seaweed has large concentrations of nutrients that can help prevent different nutritional deficiencies, providing a large amount of iron and calcium.
But that is not all! Below we will detail the main benefits of the use of wakame seaweed.
Revitalizing and remineralizing
The wakame has revitalizing effects for the skin, especially after having made a physical effort. It also helps the remineralization of the body, blood and the organism in general.
Source of iron
The wakame seaweed provides high doses of iron and folic acid. These two elements are highly recommended to prevent and combat anemia. It is also advisable to consume wakame during pregnancy.
Source of calcium
In this type of seaweed, the wakame, you can also find high doses of calcium. Vitamin C and magnesium help the rapid absorption of calcium in the body. This combination promotes the formation of cartilage and helps strengthen bones. Benefits effective to regulate osteoporosis, and recommended for women during menopause and athletes.
Great source of vitamins
The wakame seaweed has a large number of minerals and vitamins, such as C, A, B1, B2, B3, which help regenerate the body’s cells and defend the body against possible infectious agents.
For example, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, having direct effects on our skin and joints. Vitamins A and B2 help growth and sight, especially the cornea. Vitamin B1 helps transform carbohydrates into energy.
Strengthens the nervous system
Group B vitamins help improve, strengthen and protect the nervous system. This group of vitamins also helps to reduce stress and regulate levels of excitement and agitation. The wakame or undaria algae also helps to protect the cells of the neurons from ischemic death.
Detoxifying and depurative
In addition, the wakame has been known since ancient times in the East for its properties to purify the blood. This alga regulates and balances the functioning of the kidneys and blood circulation. It helps to improve the circulatory system diminishing intestinal fat and bad cholesterol.
People with hypertension or coronary problems should not abuse their consumption as food because it has a lot of sodium and iodine.
The high amounts of iodine found in the wakame seaweed help stimulate and accelerate metabolism. The high fiber content of wakame seaweed reduces bad cholesterol levels and speeds intestinal transit.
Potassium is also present in wakame. It drains the excess water in the body, fighting cellulite and fluid retention.
Helps control chronic diseases
According to a study published in Nutrition Reviews in 2014, algae can help control chronic diseases. This type of food is a source of compounds that help control the development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer or obesity.
Antioxidant and immunostimulant
Seaweed has high concentrations of pigments that act as antioxidants and depuratives for the body, according to the Journal of Functional Foods in 2011. Algae help the circulatory system purifying the blood. In addition, algae pigments help in cell regeneration and fight against skin aging. The antioxidant effect combined with vitamins helps strengthen the immune system.
Take care of your skin
The wakame seaweed helps the production of hyaluronic acid and elastin in your skin. Both elements are the agents responsible for returning the softness and elasticity to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the cells of our body, but we start to lose part of it after the age of thirty-five. Hyaluronic acid is a key element of regeneration and aging. Moreover, due to wakame’s properties, fights against dehydrated skin, and moisturizes and seals in essential nutrients, while still allowing the skin to breathe normally.
Wakame has proteins and vitamins that help prevent and slow down hair loss. As mentioned before, it helps stimulate the body and fight against fluid retention and cellulite.
With all these properties, the wakame seaweed is a perfect active principle to take care of your skin and use it in facial and body cosmetics.
By way of summary, the most important benefits of wakame alga are:
- Revitalizing and remineralizing
- High vitamin content
- Detoxifying and depurative
- Antioxidant and immunostimulant
- Take care of your skin
Uses of wakame seaweed
Recently, the most common use of wakame algae is cooking, where the variety of preparations is unlimited. In addition, as a curiosity, the wakame seaweed provides six times more calcium than milk and also has more iron than meat, about five times more.
Wakame is a common food in vegan diets due to the high content of vitamins, iron, and calcium.In addition, wakame combats constipation and improves intestinal transit.
Moreover, the properties and benefits of wakame seaweed can be beneficial in the elaboration of other elements, such as skin treatments and natural cosmetics.
The wakame also has effects on hyaluronic acid and elastin, which are the elements responsible for keeping the skin young and hydrated, providing elasticity and vitality to the skin by reducing fine lines. In addition, the wakame seaweed can also act as sunscreen reaching an SPF 10 naturally.
KLAU Beauty has three products made of wakame seaweed:
KLAU uses wakame from New Zealand organic crops to make these products. During the extraction process of the nutrients from wakame, is used 100% purified water and free of preservatives. This type of extraction ensures that the bioactive components of the wakame are extracted without altering their natural state and maximizing their properties. No chemicals or solvents are added, assuring its purity and the quality of the organic crop. In this way, is obtained a product rich in polysaccharides, carotenoids, and phenolics that helps to improve skin hydration, reduce inflammation and slow signs of aging.
Discover all that wakame seaweed can offer to your skin with KLAU Beauty New Zealand edition. And remember, wake up your natural beauty!