We’ve been talking a lot about the benefits of seaweed lately, both as a skincare ingredient as well as a diet booster. Its micronutrients are extraordinarily great for your skin, as users of many SeaLuxe products will already know. Our recent blog posts have focused on why seaweed, or the more appealing name for marine plants - seagreens - is being touted as being the next superfood. This post in particular, though, is for our vegan and vegetarian friends.
Most of the usual dietary sources of Vitamin B12 come from meat, according to a 2014 study published in the journal Nutrients. Thus it is imperative for those who don’t eat meat to source plant-based foods that contain the highest levels of Vitamin B12. The study further states that nori seaweed is the most suitable source of Vitamin B12 for those who follow plant-based diets. Bonus - nori also contains high levels of other nutrients such as iron and some types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Vitamin B12 is important for cellular metabolism, brain and nervous systems, and blood formation.
It’s timely to note the power of nori especially as many people, especially here in British Columbia, follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. The Vancouver Province newspaper published an article earlier this week stating that, “British Columbia appears to be leading a dietary revolution as nearly 40 per cent of British Columbians 35 and under say they follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, according to national survey data.” The article goes on to state that this is more than three times higher than the Canadian average.
Behold the power of seaweed!