A Strip of Nori for Health
Nori is that blackish green, thin strip of edible seaweed you see wrapped around sushi, or just placed on top of your soup as garnish. It is widely used in Asian cuisine, particularly that of the Japanese and Korean. Nori is the Japanese word for do and it refers to dried seaweed sheets made from the edible red algae species.
Nori is generally regarded as safe to eat in moderate amounts and provides an abundance of healthful properties.
Benefits of Nori
Loads of B Vitamins. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry states that nori is the best source of vitamin B12. Another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that the status of vitamin B12 deficient subjects improved substantially after they were fed a diet supplemented with nori. It determine that nori contains about 54.5 – 58.6 micrograms of vitamin B12 per 100 grams of dry weight, and that is due to five types of biologically active vitamin B12 compounds in nori.
Great source of Iodine. Published in the Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, seaweeds such as nori are good sources of dietary iodine because they accumulate significant amounts of iodine from seawater. Nori contains 29.3e45.8 mg/kg of iodine. A recent study by the Thyroid Research found that iodine intake from edible seaweeds in Japan is amongst the highest in the world.
Unsaturated Fatty Acids. The Journal of Applied Phycology states that nori is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids with more than 10% of its total fatty acid content comprised of linoleic, linolenic, and arachidonic acids. There’s EPA that accounts for almost 50% of the FAs in nori, effective in preventing atherosclerosis. There’s high levels of inositol and choline, which help utilize fats and nourish brain cells.
A betaine compound in nori, y-butyrobetaine, lowers high levels of plasma cholesterol.
Lots of Trace Elements. The same journal that nori contains a large amount of essential trace elements including zinc, manganese, iron, selenium and copper with their known beneficial antioxidant properties.
Rich in Amino Acids. Nori seaweed is a rich source of free and bound amino acids such as alanine, aspartic acid, glycine, glutamic acid, lysine, arginine, leucine, histidine, and isoleucine. These amino acids are beneficial in several ways, notably in muscle building.
Love some Nori at K-Ton
When you find nori, know how very nutritious and beneficial to health is this blackish-green strip of algae. You are actually getting loads of healthy nutrients straight from the sea. Come have your nori, at K-Ton.