In the marine world we can find great superfoods for health, with great benefits unknown to most of the population. In this sense, it is necessary to talk about the ‘fucus’, also popularly known as sea lettuce, which among other things offers favorable effects to lose the belly and combat wrinkles.
The reality is that in countries like Spain, a superfood like ‘fucus’ is little known, mainly because it is usually consumed on the Asian continent; and more specifically in Japan. It is a brown algae that can measure between 30 and 90 centimeters in length, although the part that is used is the stem, which has most of the nutrients.
Keep in mind that these algae in the form of superfood it is also “found on the coasts of the North Sea, western Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. And it breeds in submerged rocks of the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic, from the Basque Country to Andalusia, particularly in the Galician estuaries».
Nutritional value and benefits as a superfood of ‘fucus’
If the ‘fucus’ stands out as a superfood for something, it is because of its great Nutritional value. Without going any further, it provides 8 grams of plant-based protein rich in amino acids per 100 grams of edible food. It contains vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B1 and vitamin E.
In its composition are also essential minerals for health, such as iodine, bromine, chlorine, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and silicon. Due to its nutritional value, sea lettuce It is considered a superfood, providing different health benefits, such as:
- It has slightly laxative properties, due to its mucilage content. Likewise, it protects the intestinal mucosa.
- Reduces blood lipid levels, such as cholesterol or triglycerides.
- It has digestive capacity, helping to reduce stomach acidity.
- It is remineralizing.
- It helps reduce the belly and lose weight thanks to its satiating power.
- Helps delay the absorption of sugars from food,
- It stimulates the thyroid gland.
So, due to all these propertiesa superfood such as ‘fucus’ is used for overweight, obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypothyroidism, rheumatism, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, wrinkles, stretch marks or cellulite.
In any case, experts also warn that sea lettuce should not be consumed without control, despite being a superfood. And it is that an excessive intake can cause insomnia, nervousness, hyperthyroidism, anxiety or tachycardia.
The professionals of ‘Puleva’ indicate that it is contraindicated for people who have hyperthyroidism or follow a treatment with thyroid hormones; as well as for people with heart disease, tachycardia and high blood pressure.
In addition, its consumption is not highly recommended during pregnancy, since its high content of iodine salts could cause negative effects on the fetus.