Is seaweed the new 'superfood'?

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PHOENIX -- Could seaweed be the new "superfood"? On Wednesday's show, Scott Kennedy of  FarmaSea Health joined us to talk about the benefits of eating one of the oldest foods in the world.

It may not be as sexy as pomegranates but sea vegetables are gaining a whole new respect from scientists, nutritionists, and health advocates. Rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements and bioactive substances, edible sea vegetables are now considered by many to be  one of the healthiest vegetable substances known to man.

Most seaweeds are high in essential amino acids, which makes them valuable sources of vegetable protein in a vegetarian or mostly meatless diet.

Like most land vegetables, seaweeds contain vitamins A (beta carotene) and C. Seaweeds are rich in potassium, iron, calcium, iodine and magnesium because these minerals are concentrated in sea water. They are also one of the few vegetable sources of vitamin B-12.

Recent studies show that  sea vegetables may  have a positive effect on, among other things, .
allergies, candida, chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, IBS, insomnia, and weight management.
 
Kennedy is a  food manufacturer, national health speaker, and the leading sea vegetation advocate. The Founder and President of FarmaSea Health LLC, Kennedy is a pioneer in the harvesting of sea vegetation and the production of whole-food supplements for adults, children and pets.
 
Kennedy caught the sea vegetation hook when he first began his studies of seaweed in 1985 under the tutelage of  Dr. Joseph V. Wachter, Jr., a  scientist who first introduced the nutrition of sea vegetation to the U.S. He was privy to the large body of research and documentation amassed by the Wachter family and has continued his own research on sea vegetables.