Seaweed benefits for your heart

SeributawaNews - The heart is one of the most important organ in the body and is the main motor in the drainage of blood. Therefore, maintaining heart health is very important. Efforts that can be done is to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, a balanced diet and regular exercise.

One other way that might potentially help heart health is the consumption of seaweed. Scientists have identified that the algae (seaweed) have great potential as a heart-healthy food.

Article published Journal of Agricultural and food chemistry states, seaweed can compete with dairy products as sources of nutrients called "bioactive peptides".

Researchers consisting of Dr. Mary Hayes, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Eimear Gallagher, and Deniz Tasdemir of Food Research Centre Teagasc, the Irish made a study of the utilization of seaweed as a source of protein that has properties such as bioactive peptides.

"Bioactive peptides" are commonly found in dairy products, not only provide nutrients, but also has the same effect with the drug and prevent certain diseases.

Seaweed is also known by the name of the macroalga is a source of alternative food rich in nutrients. Communities in East Asia and other cultures have for centuries eating seaweed.

Review of 100 studies concluded that seaweed contains a protein that works like boiactive peptides in dairy products. Bioactive peptides are useful for lowering blood pressure and almost the same as ACE inhibitor drugs are popular.

"Various species marcoalga and the environment in which they are located as well as ease of cultivation make seaweed relative has not been studied as a new bioactive compounds. It should be more efforts to harness its potential for use and marketed consumer food products," researchers said in a report. (Dechacare)

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