Red Seaweed Health Benefits
Red seaweed includes Dulse, Nori, Irish Moss, Ogonori, Carola, and more.
Red seaweeds are generally high in protein, as well as a great source of calcium and other minerals, making them an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans.
And like brown seaweeds, they’re high in Omega-3 and Omega-6, polyunsaturated fatty acids that can prevent inflammation.
Dulse is rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron, all of which contribute to bone mineral density. And it’s packed so full of potassium that you get a whopping 34 times the amount found in an equivalent serving of banana!
It’s also fat free, low in carbohydrates, and high in dietary fiber, making it filling but healthy (and some say it tastes similar to bacon when cooked!)
Another popular red seaweed, Nori are the thin sheets used to make sushi rolls. Nori offers many of the same health benefits as dulse, as well as some additional intriguing features.
Nori is one of the few vegetables that has cobalamin, a type of vitamin B12, in a form that can be absorbed by humans. Because B12 is difficult to find outside of animal products, this is great news for vegans!
While many seaweeds are prized for their high iodine content, some individuals may need to limit their iodine intake. If this is you, you’re in luck; nori has the lowest iodine content of all seaweed products, making it safer for those with hyperthyroidism and other conditions.