Seaweed may not be something you think of as a food, but
this top longevity food packs a powerful nutrient punch that very few other
foods can match.
For instance, did you know that many types of seaweed have
more calcium than cheese, more iron than beef, and more protein than eggs?
on to find the numerous seaweed health benefits and try the delicious Seaweed
and Vegetable Medley recipe below.
In my new book, “Secrets of Longevity Cookbook,” I list
seaweed as one of the top 10 foods for health and longevity. How did I arrive
at this top 10 longevity list?
During my 25 years of studying centenarians, I
discovered that the same 10 foods kept recurring again and again in the diets
of long-living individuals, and seaweed more than made the cut.
Seaweed: A Nutrient-Rich Superfood
Considered the king of vegetables, seaweed has roots
that penetrate into sea beds that are filled with trace minerals, which are no
longer present on land.
For thousands of years, this mineral-rich vegetable has
been a staple in Asian diets.
There are more than 20 types of edible seaweed,
including nori, kombu, hijiki, wakame, dulce, chlorella, and Irish moss.
Traditionally, the healing properties of edible seaweed
are said to include everything from treating cancer, lowering cholesterol,
reducing inflammation, dissolving tumors and cysts, detoxifying heavy metals,
reducing water retention, and aiding in weight loss.
Spotlight On Kombu Seaweed
There are so many wonderful seaweed varieties to choose
from, and the recipe below features kombu.
With its powerful trace minerals, kombu aids your body
in detoxification. It comes in long, thick brown strips and is valuable for its
high content of iodine, which is needed to produce two important thyroid
hormones that control the metabolism.
Our bodies don’t make iodine, so we have to get it
through food. Many people are thyroid deficient – kombu can come to the rescue
with its iodine content.
In addition, kombu contains
a pigment called fucoxanthin, which may boost production of a protein involved
in fat metabolism.
This tasty recipe comes from
a Chinese centenarian. It is simple to make and a great way to get comfortable
cooking with seaweed. You can find kombu in many health food stores, Asian
markets, and online. Any dried mushrooms will work if you can’t find Chinese
mushrooms. And asparagus is perfect in spring season, so try to find it fresh.
This medly is delicious served with rice or quinoa.
-- 1 (15-inch) piece kombu seaweed
-- 10 small dried Chinese mushrooms
-- 1 small carrot, cut into two-inch pieces,
and thinly sliced lengthwise
-- 1 cup snow peas, trimmed (if large, halve
-- 6 stalks asparagus, trimmed and cut into
-- 1 medium green pepper, seeded and cut into
-- 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
-- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1. In two
separate bowls, soak the kombu and dried mushrooms in warm water until
softened. Drain the kombu and cut it into one-inch pieces. Strain the
mushrooms, reserving the soaking water. Remove the mushrooms stems and discard;
quarter the caps.
2. Put the
mushroom soaking water into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the
kombu and mushrooms, cover, and cook until very tender, adding water if
necessary if the pan dries out. Increase the heat to medium, add the carrot,
cover, and continue cooking for three minutes. Add the snow peas, asparagus,
and pepper, increase the heat to high, cover, and cook for three minutes more.
the pan from the heat, stir in the oil, season with salt and pepper to taste,
and mix until combined. Serve the medley hot, over the grain of your choice.
May you live long, live
strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.
To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at email@example.com. To subscribe to his
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