Seaweed is an amazing resource that is readily available all over the world.
Seaweed has been shown to offer potential in helping to address obesity by aiding weight management.
Seaweed contains specific polyphenols, which in scientific research have been shown to naturally inhibit amylase activity during digestion. This can result in a slower breakdown of carbohydrates, leading to a slower release of sugars into the blood. By reducing this glycaemic response, it is analogous to eating porridge (slow energy release) as opposed to chocolate (fast energy release). This may help keep you feeling fuller for longer. In addition, specific polysaccharides in seaweed have shown to increase the feeling of satiety, and inhibit lipase, which is responsible for fat breakdown and can result in less fat being absorbed.
Furthermore, seaweed is a natural source of iodine, with just 1 gram containing the same levels of iodine as three whole mackerel. This iodine can help support a natural metabolism.
Approximately 2 in every 100 people in the UK suffer from hypothyroidism—due in part to not getting enough iodine in their diets—which impacts their thyroid health. One side effect of hypothyroidism is weight gain. Having sufficient iodine in your diet, from natural sources such as seaweed (of the right species and source), can help support thyroid health.