By Scott Kennedy, nutritionist and formulator of Daily Sea Veg
It has always been accepted in Japan that eating sea vegetables like Nori and Wakame will prolong life. Now Japanese and other scientists have demonstrated that such assumptions are not so far fetched, given their proven ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as thinning the blood.
Kelp and other seaweeds have the ability to synthesize sunlight into Vitamin D in their tissues, not unlike humans do within their skin. These are the only plants that do this in any appreciable amount.
In the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, which is considered the source of the Biblical story of the great flood, the hero brings up from the depths of the sea a “plant” said to bestow eternal youth and immortality on the eater.
In about 3000 B.C., Shen Nung venerated in China as the “Father of Medicine” prescribed “plants of the sea” to all those desiring a long life, as did Confucius.
Seaweed as a staple item of diet has been used in Japan and China since prehistoric times. In 600 BC, Sze Teu wrote in China, “Some algae are a delicacy fit for the most honored guests, even for the King himself.” Some 21 species are used in everyday cookery in Japan, six of them since the 8th century. Seaweed accounts for some 10% of the Japanese diet and seaweed consumption reached an average of 3.5 kg per household in 1973, a 20% increase in 10 years.
The oldest book in Iceland, dating back to 961 B.C., includes detailed regulations about coastal property rights to be respected in the collection of sea vegetables.
There are records of sea plants being collected and eaten by the coastal populations of Northern Europe, as well as by the people around the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.
The Native American Indians such as the Eskimos used sea vegetation for eating and healing throughout their history.
Finally, there are legitimate theories, that the only powerful “food” that could have grown in the desert would be single cell macro marine algae. There is a white single cell specie. If the conditions were right, in the morning hours, given the condensation on the rocks and sand within this ancient sea bed called the Sinai Desert, when the Sun came up and shined on the rocks, in conjunction with the Hand of God, this “Manna” (Hebrew for “we don’t know what it is”), would dry and turn fluffy white, and blow in the morning breeze like snow. The rest is history. Enjoy your Sea Veg!
P.S. Name brand Multi-vitamins, One-a-Day’s and Centrum may do more harm than good since major disease has increased in the population who take those types of supplements, over the past 60 years.