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Dulse (Palmaria palmata)

Dulse (Palmaria palmata) is a red seaweed that grows in the north Atlantic and north Pacific. The people living by the coastal lines have gathered and eaten it for thousands of years. It is also cultivated commercially for its many culinary and nutritional applications. The red color of the dulse seaweed is due to the presence of carotenoids and phycocyanin - both of which are renowned antioxidants. This article discusses health benefits of dulse seaweed.

1. Dulse Seaweed Can Help Reduce Inflammation and Pain

Dulse seaweed is rich in iron, magnesium and calcium - all of which are essential for fighting inflammation. Plus, it’s also high in vitamin B6, which helps reduce pain by lowering histamine levels in the body.

2. Dulse Seaweed Is High in Protein and Fiber

Dulse seaweed contains around 15% protein by weight, which makes it a great meat substitute for vegetarians. And if you’re looking to lose weight or manage diabetes, then you’ll be happy to know that dulse seaweed is also high in fiber - which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

4. Dulse Seaweed Is High in Minerals and Vitamins

Dulse seaweed is rich in many vitamins and minerals, including iodine, iron, magnesium and manganese. Iodine is necessary for healthy thyroid function; iron helps build red blood cells; magnesium plays a role in bone health; and manganese helps metabolize carbohydrates and fats.

Dulse is the perfect plant ally for someone who wants to start giving their nutrition some extra attention but maybe they don't quite know where to start. There isn't much preparation needed if you purchase the dried flakes. Simply sprinkle into your smoothies, soups, or on top of your lunch or dinner. It also provides optimal nutrition to those who are pregnant or in the postpartum period by helping to build up a strong baby, improve milk supply, and encourage the rebuilding of red blood cell supplies.

Caution: dulse is high in iodine and it may fiddle with thyroid medications when eaten in excess. Use sparingly in cases of thyroid dysfunction.

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