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Seaweed Salad Lowers Blood Pressure

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  • Seaweed salad, also called hiyashi wakame and goma wakame, may lower blood pressure according to published research
  • Although there are many prescription drugs available to treat high blood pressure, their side effects are numerous, so new and natural treatments are encouraging
  • High blood pressure affects 1 out of 3 American adults and is responsible for 94 million deaths a year, worldwide
  • Major complications of high blood pressure include heart attack, stroke, aneurysms, eye and kidney problems, metabolic syndrome, vascular dementia and cognitive decline
  • Edible seaweed contains valuable nutrients such as iodine, potassium, calcium, iron and alginic acid, which is used in some medical treatments

Have you discovered seaweed salad? Since it has become a popular restaurant item as an appetizer or garnish in Japanese restaurants and sushi bars, some consider it the new coleslaw. Also called hiyashi wakame and goma wakame, seaweed salad is usually seasoned with sesame oil and seeds with red pepper flakes, vinegar, salt, mushrooms and seaweed-based agar agar added.

While many people enjoy the taste of marine-derived greens, which include kelp, nori, kombu and wakame, seaweed is also one of the world's best sources of iodine. It has also been credited with significant health benefits such as neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.

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