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Farmers in Southeast Asia have been growing a valuable product for hundreds of years - wakame algae, the benefits of which you will learn from this article. Wakame is used in Eastern and European cooking, as well as in medicine. In Latin, the algae is called Undaria pinnatifida, which translates as ‘Undaria pinnatifida’. This plant is a representative of the genus Undaria and belongs to the department of brown algae. For its nutritional qualities and ease of preparation, it is valued by supporters of healthy eating and raw foodists.

 

The famous Japanese wakame seaweed is rich in amino acids, Omega-3, fiber and many useful microelements:

 

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A - 18 mcg:
    • needed for intercellular communication;
    • good for vision;
    • essential for healthy immunity.
  • Beta-carotene - 0.216 mg:
    • responsible for antioxidant activity.
  • Vitamin B1 - 0.06 mg:
    • needed for normal functioning of the nervous system;
    • ensures muscle function;
    • necessary for the functioning of the cardiovascular system.
  • Vitamin B2 - 0.23 mg:
    • participates in metabolic processes;
    • ensures the normal course of immune processes;
    • regulates thyroid function;
    • necessary for normal vision.
  • Vitamin B3 - 1.6 mg:
    • is an antioxidant;
    • responsible for metabolic processes in the body.
  • Vitamin B4 - 13.9 mg:
    • provides tissue building processes;
    • responsible for the normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Vitamin B5 - 0.697 mg:
    • responsible for the production of hemoglobin;
    • ensures healthy metabolism;
    • plays a role in building healthy cholesterol;
    • participates in the construction of living tissues.
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.002 mg:
    • participates in the functioning of the nervous system;
    • ensures metabolic processes in the human body.
  • Vitamin B9 - 196 mcg:
    • ensures the process of cell division;
    • participates in the production of DNA;
    • ensures the process of hematopoiesis.
  • Vitamin C - 3 mg:
    • participates in the structure of living tissue;
    • is an antioxidant;
    • strengthens the immune system;
    • good for the cardiovascular system.
  • Vitamin E - 1 mg:
    • responsible for healthy metabolism;
    • is an antioxidant.
  • Vitamin K - 5.3 mcg:
    • plays an important role in metabolic processes;
    • necessary for normal blood clotting.

 

Minerals

Undaria pinnate contains in large quantities:

  • Calcium (Ca) - 150 mg:
    • participates in the construction of living tissue;
    • provides neuromuscular function;
    • participates in anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, desensitizing processes;
    • responsible for maintaining normal acid-base balance.
  • Magnesium (Mg) – 107 mg:
    • improves calcium absorption;
    • ensures normal functioning of the digestive system;
    • responsible for the functioning of the human nervous system;
    • participates in immune processes in the body.
  • Sodium (Na) - 872 mg:
    • provides hydration and muscle contraction;
    • responsible for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system;
    • improves metabolism.
  • Manganese (Mn), 1.4 mg:
    • participates in the construction of connective tissues in the body;
    • regulates blood sugar levels;
    • is an antioxidant.
  • Copper (Cu) - 0.284 mg:
    • stimulates protein and carbohydrate metabolism;
    • stimulates the production of pituitary hormones;
    • participates in the process of hematopoiesis.
  • Iodine (I):
    • ensures the functioning of the thyroid gland;
    • stimulates normal blood circulation;
    • provides heat exchange in the body;
    • necessary for the normal functioning of the nervous system.

 

In addition, algae contains minerals such as: potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, selenium, zinc.

 

Wakame seaweed is a low-calorie dietary product. Undaria contains few carbohydrates and virtually no fat. Along with the rich content of microelements that the seaweed supplies the human body, the chemical composition of wakame provides the following nutritional value:

  • Proteins - 3.0 g.
  • Fats - 0.6 g.
  • Carbohydrates - 8.6 g.

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