Seaweed touted for health benefits

PORTLAND — A new scientific article published in the journal “Phycologia” reports what many Maine seaweed growers have been saying for years: adding seaweed to your diet is great for human health.

According to the article, which reviewed existing data on the health effects of at least 35 different seaweed species, adding seaweed to foods can help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Seaweed contains nutrients including potassium salts, iodine, proteins, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, trace elements, dietary fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

“I’m not surprised that researchers are suggesting we incorporate more seaweed into the human diet,” said Seth Barker, co-founder of Maine Fresh Sea Farms of Walpole.

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