Who would have thought that seaweed, the salty plants that grow underwater, could alleviate so many ailments?
According to Valerie Gennari Cooksley, RN, author of Seaweed: Natures Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body and Soul,sea vegetables can help with these ailments:
chronic fatigue syndrome
And that’s only a partial list. In her book she talks of three types of seaweed: reds (such as nori, which is used to wrap sushi), browns (such as wakame, hijiki or kombu) and greens (like sea lettuce). Just as one should eat a variety of vegetable colors, so can one eat a variety of seaweed colors, with each color aiding in a specific way.
The book gives some recipes for seaweed, so one can get started. However, if you are looking for a seaweed recipe book, you might want to try a different book, as she only devotes one chapter to recipes. She also teaches how to use seaweed for skin and facial treatments. There is a whole chapter devoted to harvesting your own seaweed, but I think I would only attempt combing the Jersey Shore with a seaweed expert helping me sort out which one is which.
The simplest way to enjoy seaweed is pour some hot water over a piece of wakame or kombu, let it steep for a minute, and sip it like tea.
If you have already introduced seaweed into your kitchen, how have you used seaweed in your meals?