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Health Benefits of Seaweed

Improve Thyroid Function

The thyroid gland produces important hormones for cell repair, energy production, and body growth. This important organ depends on iodine to function. Without sufficient intake, some health issues could occur like a swollen neck, exhaustion, and weight changes. Seaweed can absorb and store iodine from the ocean. Thus, you can add it to the diet to ensure the recommended daily intake, which is around 150 mcg. The exact amount can vary, depending on the category. Kelp, kombu, wakame, and nori are among the richest sources of iodine. Seaweed is also high in tyrosine, an amino acid needed for making hormones to help the thyroid gland work properly. [2]