Seaweed is the name for marine plants and algae that grow in the ocean, rivers, lakes and other types of water habitats. Seaweed has been recognised as one of the healthiest and most natural alimentary sources worldwide that provides numerous health benefits to the people who consume it regularly.
Firstly, routine seaweed consumption increases the good bacteria in the stomach and intestines. For example, the enzymes in these plants help our body to digest well and reduce the wind inside. Diverse seaweed types are also great sources of calcium, iodine, folate, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B vitamins.
Furthermore, these sea plants provide us with anti-bacterial plus anti-inflammatory properties and prevent diseases including cardiovascular ones and diabetes. In addition, they increase the amount of good chemicals in our brain, improve our liver function and stabilise our blood sugar level.
However, do you know that other than maintaining a healthy lifestyle, seaweeds help to maintain the balance of water environment too? The growth of seaweed or algae helps to clean the water from pollution. Additionally, the cultivation also doesn’t use chemical fertilisers so that they can be natural food sources for fish, sea turtles and other water herbivores.
In Indonesia, the cultivation of seaweeds has been the life and profession of Indonesians who live near the sea, especially in the Province of Centre and South Sulawesi plus in the Province of East and West Nusa Tenggara. The number of people professing in this occupation in those provinces has reached up to 530,000.
For Indonesians, seaweed cultivation has absolutely become not only useful as an effective way to healthy living but it also supports the life and balance of Indonesian people and the water environment. Finally yet importantly, we’d like to share with you a very thoughtful video from United Nations below, directly from their official YouTube Channel.