Support your thyroid with sea vegetables

By Juliana Kassianos, Transformational Fertility Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder of The School of Fertility

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Sea vegetables are mineral-rich, particularly in iodine, which is important for thyroid function, as it is one of the building blocks for the production of thyroid hormones. An underactive thyroid can affect ovulation and increase the risk of pregnancy complications, so it is important to have a healthy functioning thyroid.

NB. Iodised salt, which is table salt combined with a tiny amount of various salts of iodine is usually highly refined and may also contain sugar. Sea vegetables, however, are a good natural nutritional source of iodine.

VITAMINS

Seaweeds are a good source of some water-soluble vitamins such as B1, B2, B12, C and fat-soluble vitamins such as β-carotene (precursor of vitamin A) and vitamin E.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Seaweeds have been shown to be rich in antioxidants.

EDIBLE SEA VEGETABLES:

  • Samphire

  • Wakame

  • Nori

  • Kombu (Kelp)

  • Arame

  • Hijiki

  • Dulse

ACTION

  • Which two sea vegetables are you willing to try?

REFERENCES

  • Effects of seaweed supplementation on blood glucose concentration, lipid profile, and antioxidant enzyme activities in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Min Sun Kim. Nutr Res Pract. 2008 Summer; 2(2): 62–67. https://www.ncbi.nlm. nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2815322/

  • Seaweed vitamins as nutraceuticals. Škrovánková S. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2011;64:357-69. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-387669- 0.00028-4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22054961


Juliana Kassianos