5 benefits of… SEAWEED

5 benefits of Seaweed

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Dr Naomi Newman-Beinart, health expert and nutritionist, shares the health wins of this iodine-rich superfood

It looks after your thyroid

Seaweed, a rich source of iodine, is a thyroid superhero. Supporting the thyroid gland's optimal function, it helps regulate metabolism and maintain hormonal balance. Bid farewell to sluggishness and welcome an energy boost.

It boosts brain power

Did you know that being iodine deficient can influence how intelligent you are? Researchers found that the more deficient in iodine a person was, the lower their IQ.

It prevents dry, flaky skin

Thyroid hormones, which contain iodine, help your skin cells regenerate. When thyroid hormone levels are low, this regeneration doesn’t occur as often, possibly leading to dry, flaky skin.

It promotes faster hair growth

One study found that seaweed can make your hair grow up to four times faster than normal. Researchers found people who ate seaweed with recently cut hair had a re-growth rate of 95-100 per cent, and people who did not eat seaweed had a re-growth rate of 25-30 per cent.

It clears complexions

One more reason why you might want to add seaweed to your daily diet is because seaweed contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which are well-known to help protect the skin from damage and fight signs of aging.

• Dr Naomi recommends Doctor Seaweed Immunity+ (£17, doctorseaweed.com)

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