Porphyra umbilicalis is a cold-water seaweed often cultivated in the chilly, shallow intertidal zones of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Nori is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine and is especially popular in Korea and Japan where it has traditionally been used to wrap sushi rolls. With a nutty, sweet, and salty flavor, nori flakes make a popular addition to soups, salads, and broths. Furthermore, nori has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its nutritious qualities.
Nori is perhaps best known here in the U.S. as a wrap for sushi, but it has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Porphyra is a red seaweed that grows off the coast of Japan, where seaweed has always been an important food source. Like most seaweeds, Nori is very high in mineral content which accounts for up to 40% of its dry mass. The most important of these micronutrients is iodine. A very small portion of Nori provides well over the adult recommended daily intake of iodine, which is vital for proper thyroid functioning.
Nori is also rich in carotenes, vitamin C and vitamin B12, which is seldom found in land plants. At 28% protein, Nori has more protein than sunflower seeds and wheat germ, both promoted as good sources of protein for those who eat no animal products. Its nutty, sweet-salty flavor makes it a popular addition to soups and salads.
Like most seaweeds, Nori is high in important minerals and nutrients, particularly iodine. Much of the beneficial effect comes from its diuretic effect and from the high mineral and iodine content.
Seaweeds contain naturally high levels of iodine. This product is harvested from the sea. May contain occasional shell fragments. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to fish or shellfish. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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