The third trimester of this pregnancy, my three kids and the opressive FL heat has left me feeling a little blah. Actually, a lot blah. I have always looked to food to heal what ails me. Today I got an inner urge to head to the pantry and grab the arame. Arame is a mild, sweet seaweed that is perfect made as a salad or sauteed with carrots. I opted for a quick salad today. I thought I would make a big batch and pick on it for the next few days. Ha! I ate the whole bowl by myself. It was so good. The kids tried a couple of bites but not much. I saved the soaking water and tonight I will add it to the cooking water for our kitchari 😉 They will be getting all kinds of goodness and never know. Here are some of the health benefits of arame.
Rich in antioxidants: antioxidants rid the body of cancer-causing free radicals and eliminate inflammation within the body, which can result in chronic pain and disease.
Protection against environmental toxins: seaweed has strong chelating properties, which provides protection against heavy metals. The chlorophyll found in seaweed eliminates toxins that accumulate over time such as cadmium, mercury, pesticides, and industrial pollutants.
Nutrient rich: arame seaweed is rich in essential micronutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc, manganese, vitamins A and K, and iodine. It is harvested during the springtime when nutrient levels of the ocean are highest.
Immune system support: The antioxidant and micronutrient level of arame strengthens the immune system – preventing illness by giving your body the tools to fight back.
Regulation of hormone levels: estrogen and estradiol are two hormones that ensure the proper function of sexual organs. The iodine content in arame can help to regulate these hormones, improve libido, and assist with female fertility. Arame has been shown in various studies to reduce ovarian cysts and ease PMS symptoms.
Improved hair, skin, and nails: the nutrients in arame improve the elasticity of skin while the antioxidants and minerals draw toxins from the dermal tissue. Arame also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which reduces inflammation in skin and strengthens hair and nails.
Blood purifying: The chemical composition of arame is able to regulate and purify the blood by drawing out and eliminating toxins.
Reduces acidity: The nutrient level of arame increases the pH of blood, neutralizing tissue that is too acidic. High acidity levels are most often attributed to a modern diet of over-processed foods.
1 cup arame
3 tbsp soy sauce ( I like shoyu but braggs will work too)
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 clove garlic minced
Cover arame with water, soak until soft. Drain. Whisk together all the other ingredients and toss in the arame. Add toasted seasme seeds, carrots, or any other veggies you like.
*Source Daily Superfood Love