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Red blood cells carry oxygen to your body's tissues and in exchange remove carbon dioxide.  Protein rich in iron, known as hemoglobin, are what cause blood cells to become red.  Bone marrow continuously makes more red blood cells as blood cells die over a period of time.

Foods High In Iron:

The consumption of iron-rich foods aid in supplying oxygen to your cells and can prevent anemia.  Some of the leading foods that supply iron include red meat, beans lentils, leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, raisins, prunes and egg yolks.

What Is Anemia:

Anemia is a condition in which your body cannot produce enough red blood cells or causing a low level of hemoglobin.  Iron-deficiency is the most common form of anemia due to a low intake of iron.  Vitamin C foods such as citrus fruits will help increase your absorption  of iron.

Folic Acid - Known as Vitamin B9:

Folic Acid is a B-complex vitamin and exceptional provider of new healthy red blood cells.  People who have low levels of folic acid are also prone to anemia.  Foods you should consider consuming are enriched breads, green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, nuts, peas, beans and cereals.

Vitamin B-12:

Vitamin B-12 is also a B-complex vitamin that is extremely important for the production of red blood cells in bone marrow and for DNA synthesis.  An abnormal cell division within bone marrow resulting in large immature red blood cells is known as megaloblasts.  This is caused by a low intake of vitamin B-12.  Megaloblastic is a form of anemia causing red blood cells unable to store or move oxygen into tissues.  Good sources of B-12 are found in animal products such as beef liver, fish, red meat, milk, dairy products, eggs, nutrtional yeasts and fortified cereals.

Now that you have a keen idea of what can cause anemia and how to prevent it with many iron-rich foods, let's look at other alternatives of food choices high in iron.  At the top of the list is seaweed.  Yes, seaweed, the stuff you see washed up on shore from the ocean.

That said, no one is expecting you to run out to the beach and grab a handful of seaweed and start snacking on it!

There are approximately 20 different types of seaweed including nori, kelp, Irish moss and kombu to name a few. Seaweed has more concentrated nutrition then other  vegetables.  It can prolong life, aid in beauty and health and prevent diseases.  This mineral-rich vegetable has existed for thousands of years.

Some types of seaweed have higher calcium levels than cheese, greater levels of protein than eggs and better contents of iron than beef.  Seaweed's healing abilities include lowering cholesterol, treating cancer, dissolving tumors and cysts, reducing water retention, aiding in weight loss and shrinking goiters.

Here is an example of cooking with seaweed:

Nori:

Nori is best known as the outer wrap of sushi and one sheet of nori has the equivalent omega-3 at in two avocados.  Nori is an excellent resource for healthy skin because it creates a healthy, natural oil protection for your skin.  It also reduces acne and dry skin which is a major plus for those living in arid or cold environments.

Making Your Own Sushi:

Take one flat sheet of nori, add brown rice, shredded carrots, thinly sliced avocado, other raw vegetables and roll it up.  Then dip it in seasame oil and ginger sauce - it's healthy and so very tasty!

There are many wonderful recipes at your disposal to experiment with incorporating seaweed into your diet.  You would quite amazed how wonderful and delicious these dishes are.  So experiment have enter into a new world of optimal health!

In A Nutshell:

You can find edible seaweed in health food or Japanese stores.  Seaweed is one of the oldest and greatest sources of nutrition that you can possibly find on this planet.  For thousands of years people have know the benefits of seaweed and now it's your turn.

If you decide to incorporate seaweed into your diet, why not start your own hydroponic garden and grow veggies and herbs to make your new recipes exceptional!  Hydroponic gardening is a great way to enjoy fresh, robust vegetables and flavor-rich herbs year round!

Check it out - you will be glad you did!

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Seaweed, Kelp, Algae are in the same family and are commonly known as seaweed. The algae/seaweed family consists of red, brown and green algae. In order for seaweed to grow it needs seawater and enough light to form photosynthesis.

"Photosynthesis" is the process by which green plants and other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and from water. Photosynthesis in plants mostly involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a byproduct.

Seaweed exists in a wide range of areas. The highest elevation is on top of sea spray while the lowest areas are several feet deep. Seaweeds that survive deep within the ocean are known as red algae.

Seaweed that grows on rocks must be able to withstand rapid temperature changes, salinity and some extent drying.

Dietary:

Seaweed is consumed by many coastal people, East Asia, Brunei, China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Peru, Scandinavia, England, Ireland, California and Scotland just to name just a few.

Although there are many vegetarian restaurants popping up along coastal areas, it is not that popular in the U.S. Also referred to as sea vegetables, seaweed/kelp/algae are consumed elsewhere worldwide.

Asian cultures consume the largest level of seaweed but also found on menus in Scotland, Peru and Scandinavia. Nova Scotia consumes sea parsley while Siberians eat harvested kelp from the Bering Sea.

Seaweed is loaded with minerals ranging from calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, iodine and zinc. Sea vegetables contain some fats and omega-6 to omega3 fatty acids. Seaweed is also one of the very few sources of vitamine B12. On top of that, seaweed produces antioxidants as protective carotenoid pigments and vitamins C and E. Carotenoid is a group of red and yellow pigments contained in animal fat and plants. It is chemically similar to carotene.

Is Kelp Seaweed or Something Else?

Kelp is in the brown algae family and is large seaweed. It is believed that kelp first appeared approximately 5 million years ago. It grows in the form of a forest in shallow oceans requiring nutrient rich waters with temperature around 6 to 14°C (43 and 57 °F). In the 19th century, seaweed/kelp was burned in order to produce soda ash or sodium carbonate.

Kelp has an extremely fast growing rate; its decay creates methane and sugars that can be converted into ethanol. There have been many speculations regarding ocean kelp farms that could be a renewable source of energy.

The Healing Components of Kelp and Seaweed:

Kelp is often used for dressing wounds and for the production of dental molds. Seaweed is believed to have properties for curing tuberculosis, arthritis, influenza, common colds, infestations and tumors. Nori, a specific type of seaweed eaten in Japan is believed to cure radiation poisoning.

Seaweed extract is found in many diet pills, is an ingredient in toothpastes, ice cream and gelatins.

The photosynthesis of algae is enormous for nutrients. It is used to remove undesirable water elements such as ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, iron and copper. These elements are quickly consumed by seaweed and in turn, fish consume the seaweed.

Hydroponics:

Growing fresh, robust vegetables and herbs are also a great alternative for a healthier lifestyle. If you have not looked into or experienced indoor hydroponic gardening, you don't know what you are missing out on! Talk to fellow gardeners or gardening experts and discover the world of hydroponic gardening.

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The Story of Seaweed:

Anyone who has ever gone to the ocean is familiar with seaweed, it's that dark brown  stuff that washes up onto the beach.  Seaweed offers some of the most amazing nutrients and minerals for the human body - Bet you didn't see that coming!

People have been using seaweed for thousands of years and with good reason.  Seaweed is closely tied to many human cultures due to its availability and its chemical similarities to the human body.

People who have grown up by the sea have been using seaweed for their late night clam bakes for years with very good reason.  Anthropologists know that every living creature came from the sea and every living creature has elements of the sea in their bodies.  Before man got into agriculture, seaweed was the main basic staple diet  of early man who lived by the sea.  Seaweed is considered one of the oldest, nutritional food sources and one of the oldest life forms on earth.

The Magic Of Seaweed:

Seaweed is made up of minerals, vitamins and trace elements that form its composition.  Humans have the same makeup, internally, making seaweed's minerals and healing components easily absorbed into the blood and offers amazing healing benefits for various health issues.

Seaweed can offer detoxification in the human body, rejuvenate skin, destroy bacteria and give us a mountain of minerals.

Where Can I Get Seaweed:

You probably have been using seaweed and don't even know it.  Seaweed has been incorporated into many foods as well as in creams and lotions for your skin.  Seaweed pills have been available for quite sometime in health stores and can be found in an assortment of other consumable products.

How To Prepare Seaweed:

Short of washing it, there are no special processing steps involved in preparing it.  There are limitless foods cooked with seaweed worldwide.  Seaweed is an incredibly versatile food that can be consumed fresh, boiled, steamed, fried, etc. and served as a side dish with just about any type of entree.

You probably are not even aware that seaweed extracts are used in the production of gelatin, pudding, ice cream and toothpaste.  Seaweed is also used as a stabilizer and emulsifier in many everyday products.

Taking a Closer Look At Seaweed:

The benefits of incorporating seaweed into your diet are almost endless.  Seaweed is fat-free, one of the richest vegetables in minerals and low in calories. Sea vegetables  thrive without human intervention because they grow naturally in a marine environment.

This lovely food is high in phosphorous and calcium, higher still in magnesium, iron, sodium and iodine. That's better than the highest quality vitamin pill because seaweed also offers high levels of vitamin A,B1,C and E!  Adding to all this great stuff, add concentrated protein and healthy carbohydrates.

Seaweed is probably the most perfect, nutritionally loaded food source on this planet.

Are There Different Types of Seaweed:

Yes, there are two basic groups of seaweed - brown algae and red algae.  Adding to that, there are many variations to these two groups.  Each group has it's own nutritional properties and a number of different species:

Brown Algae:

Hijiki:

This algae is from the Far East and contains the highest level of calcium of all the types.  It's harvested, steamed and dried to capture the highest level of flavor.

Kelp:

This is the commonly known brown algae and grows along the coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  It is usually dried and sold as a granular that is sprinkled on foods or sold whole for an added part to a salad.  Kelp has been used for many years as a supplement for people who suffer from thyroid disorders.

Kombu:

This  algae is often used for added flavor in soups.  Added to beans, Kombu can reduce the gas effects caused by bean consumption.

Irish Moss:

This is used mostly in relishes, breads and various delicacies.

Nori:

Found in Japan, this algae is an ingredient in many recipes around the world.  It  is used in bread and sushi wraps. Nori is  extremely high in vitamin A and protein.

Incorporating Seaweed and Fresh Foods for a Healthier Life:

It would be a shame to consume seaweed with all those amazing benefits and then wash it down with junk foods!  Have you ever thought about starting your own hydroponic garden and taking the nutritional benefits a step further?

Hydroponic gardens are so hot that outdoor gardeners are bringing their expertise inside for fresh, nutritional vegetables and herbs year round.  Hydroponic gardens consist of a grow box or grown room, some plant lights, water filters and excellent nutrients for the production of the healthiest, most robust vegetables to place on your table.

Many gardeners and consumers are becoming less satisfied with the produce they find at the local supermarkets.  People are concerned about the chemicals that are applied at vegetable farms and the lack of flavor once they hit the shelves is disappointing.  A hydroponic garden is easy to start and the benefits are year round great tasting, healthy foods.  Growing your own herbs will give you the best flavor for your salads, soups and side dishes of seaweed!

In Conclusion:

Seaweed, in its raw state, has a less then pleasant taste, leaving few people beating down the doors to get it.  But, it is offered in so many excellent forms you needn't consume it raw.  The benefits for a healthy body, both internally and externally, are to extensive to ignore.  Used as a body wrap, the  seaweed literally draws out impurities or toxins.  From seaweed facials to seaweed sprinkled in soups, this amazing food has been benefiting humans for thousands of years and it's about time everyone found out about it.

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Roughly 2.5 percent of the US population practices some form of vegetarianism, electing to eat few to no meats and other products that come from animals. While the decision to follow a vegetarian diet may be due to moral beliefs or health concerns, there are some distinctive health benefits to going vegetarian. Some studies have shown that vegetarians are less at risk for heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other serious medical conditions than people who eat meat; however, this may have less to do with avoiding meat and more to do with the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are common staples in the vegetarian diet.

You, too, can get the health benefits of these foods without having to give up meat and seafood altogether. Here are some standard vegetarian favorites that can make a healthful addition to any diet:

- Beans - Beans are high in dietary fiber, which is needed for a healthy digestive system and important for keeping cholesterol levels in check. In addition, beans provide protein, iron, potassium, zinc and B vitamins. To get the most health benefits, purchase dried beans or use canned beans that are low in sodium and that have been well rinsed.

- Nuts - Nuts are smart healthy snack ideas because they have a satisfying crunch like chips, but are much more healthful for the body. Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in the health of the heart, brain and skin. Nuts are also rich in the antioxidant vitamin E that helps to fight free radical damage. Several essential minerals are also present in nuts as well as heart-healthy plant phytosterols. When choosing nuts to enjoy as snack foods or in recipes, choose varieties that are low in sodium. Also, be sure to stick to the recommended serving size to limit your calorie intake.

- Seaweed - Just as there are many different types of nuts, there are several delicious varieties of aquatic plants that can be added to the diet. Seaweed contains iron, iodine, magnesium, calcium, chromium and vitamins A, C and E, many of the key nutrients that are necessary for maintaining a well-balanced diet. Seaweed is usually used in cooking rather than enjoyed on its own. You can find many free recipes that incorporate seaweed online for experimenting with the aquatic plants in your kitchen.

- Dry Fruits - Easier to eat than whole fruits, dry fruits allow you to enjoy all of the vitamins and minerals found in your favorite fruits without all the mess. Perfect for on-the-go snacking, dry fruits can be eaten on their own, stirred into yogurt, added to savory dishes or eaten with cereal or granola.

Cantinstar has a wide selection of healthy snack ideas that can allow you to reap the benefits of vegetarian foods that everyone should eat.

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Cheese with fruit or even dried fruit makes for a delicious healthy snack

People concerned about their weight and health in general usually have a snack to provide themselves with extra nutrition and prevent overeating during a meal.

“The Journal of Nutrition” published a study in February of 2010 which revealed that about 97% of Americans have a habit of snacking. The article went on to say that on average Americans get about 24% of their caloric intake from snacks. Knowing that snacks are such a big part of our diet it is imperative that we know what kinds of foods to snack on in order to maintain healthy eating habits.

Snacking quells hunger which prevents overeating

When you become overly hungry this is when you end up overeating at meal time. Having snacks between meals helps you from becoming too hungry and thus can prevent you from eating too much at your next meal. When you start getting hunger pangs between meals you really shouldn’t wait until lunch or dinner to appease that hunger. It’s much smarter to just have a snack to help you hang on. But stay away from junk food. Have something healthy like vegetables, fruit or something made from whole grains, which are all rich in carbohydrates. Combine with a protein like nuts or a dairy product such as cheese. When you start early giving your kids snacks like these they will learn to like healthy eating and not be inclined later in life to fill up on chips and dip.

Healthy snacks help maintain even blood sugar levels

Healthy people strive to maintain even blood sugar levels in order to stave off Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and heart disease. When you make it a habit to have healthy snacks with a consistent number of carbs for every snack or meal you are way ahead of the game. If you already suffer from diabetes this is even more important in helping prevent huge spikes and dips in your blood sugar levels, which can lead to a resistance to insulin. A healthy diet is crucial to living a healthy productive life and if you go online you will find many free recipes that you can use to achieve this.

Healthy Snacks can provide essential nutrients

It’s okay to splurge on a junk food snack once in a while but you really need to learn how delicious and much more satisfying and filling healthy snacks can be. If you choose good nutritious snacks like whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, seeds or nuts you can gain the essential nutrients you need without adding unnecessary calories. These snacks can all be prepared without any cooking needed.

Things to remember

The important thing to remember is not to overdo it. Don’t have a snack if you aren’t really hungry and don’t have a snack right before you sit down for a meal. If you’re upset think first before you start soothing yourself with food. This can only lead to eating way too much, gaining weight and more reasons to be upset. The same goes for boredom. Don’t eat just to occupy or entertain yourself. According to MayoClinic.com a healthy snack should contain approximately 100 calories. If you don’t have time for a meal and want a heavier snack, don’t consume more than 250 calories.

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Most of us probably do not consider seaweed a delicacy, but in fact this rich food offers an abundance of nutrients and health benefits. From being loaded with vitamins to detoxifying the body, seaweed is the food source that offers many of the benefits from food sources such as fish, calamari, crab, octopus, shrimp and the like. Plus, seaweed is a food source that has little in the way of detriments as well.

People have been cooking with seaweed for thousands of years, so it is closely tied to many different cultures around the world. This is because seaweed is plentiful and very easy to harvest and has a multitude of uses. In being part of the human diet either as snack or in recipes, seaweed offers plenty of dietary uses.

The Benefits of Seaweed

There are a number of advantages that seaweed brings to your dinner table. Reaping the benefits will lead to a stronger, healthier you.

Low Calorie & Fat-Free: Seaweed is very low calorie per serving and has very little in the way of fat, making it one of the easiest foods to fill up on without worrying about your waistline.

Minerals: This food product is also one of the richest sources of minerals as well. This is because it absorbs the minerals as well as the rich nutrients from the ocean. This is especially true of calcium and phosphorus which are very important for the body.

Vitamins: You can find plenty of Vitamins A, B1, C and E in seaweed along with being rich in protein and good carbohydrates for energy. You can get a great deal of your daily vitamin needs by including seaweed as part of your diet.

In fact, seaweed is arguably the most nutritionally packed food on the planet. A concentration of everything needed into one simple plant. It’s little wonder that more people are turning to seaweed for their nutritional needs.

Why You Should Choose Seaweed for Your Next Meal

Admittedly, seaweed is not the most pleasant tasting of foods especially in its raw form. However, when cooking it with a complete meal the overall taste definitely improves and the health benefits are certainly worth adding it to your dinner one or more nights each week.

You can use traditional cooking methods with seaweed or make it into a dry food source for snacks. One positive aspect of this food is that it is highly versatile, especially as a side item to your main meal. This means that you can eat a healthy, low calorie diet rich in the nutrients you need while not worrying as much about the sheer amount that is consumed. Like spinach, seaweed is very low in fat so you can consume more without worrying about the waistline.

Overall, seaweed is a food source that you can use on a regular basis and raw seaweed is often used for facials and other skin treatments. This is an all-in-one food product that can help you in so many ways.

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Seaweed is one of the most nutritious foods we have, yet it may seem difficult at times to find ways of fitting it into your general diet. It’s understandable since seaweed does have plenty of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins it also has a taste in many cases that you will need time to adapt.

However, there are many ways to prepare seaweed which eliminates that particular taste and makes it well suited for your lunch or dinner table. The first step is understanding that there are different types of seaweed available so you can pick and choose. For example, Sea Lettuce has the strong taste of the ocean which makes it perfect for seafood platters. Nori is a Japanese ingredient in their cuisine and Dulse is red algae which is a common food source in northern countries with an ocean coastline such as Ireland.

Salads

Perhaps the most common way that seaweed is incorporated into Western cuisine, salads offers a great way to mix seaweed into lettuce and other vegetables for a tasty appetizer for meals. You can chop up seaweed to serve in many different types of salads with oil and vinegar dressing or sesame seed oil to spice it up. If anything, seaweed makes for an excellent side dish for your meal when included in a salad.

Soups

Another great appetizer for your meals is having seaweed in your soup to add flavor and texture. One advantage is that unlike standard vegetables, seaweed will not break down or fall apart in your soups when heated. You can create wonderful treats such as bouillabaisse or cioppino, added dried seaweed to clam chowder or combine it with other seafood for a soup treat that you will never forget.

Sushi

Sushi and seaweed are a natural combination and it’s easy to incorporate both into your meal. You can use dried Nori seaweed to create the rolls that wrap the fish or barbeque chicken if you so desire. Chicken and sushi make for a great combination, especially when wrapped in a sheet of seaweed that provides good texture as well as many nutritional elements to your meal. You can even add green peppers, sautéed onions and other vegetable delights to augment sushi to your personal tastes.

Snacks

We often don’t think of seaweed being a snack food, but it can be baked or fried to create a healthy, hearty snack that have the consistency of potato chips. However, seaweed has far less calories and a lot more dietary fiber. Use them with your favorite dip or create your own crisps of seaweed for a delightful treat.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You can have seaweed at all three of your meals and snacks, too. Dice up some Nori and add eggs for a delicious breakfast that you can augment with various spices. Plus, you can add seaweed to omelets complete with bamboo shoots or shitake mushrooms as well. Let your imagination soar as you can create many delicious meals with seaweed as one of the ingredients.

Cantinastar offers many seaweed snacks and free recipes that provide health benefits for you and your family. Perfect with crab, lobster, shrimp or calamari, seaweed is the perfect ingredient whether you use the freshwater or saltwater varieties.

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The New Seafood: Cooking with Seaweed

Gourmet seafood isn't just fish, calamari, crab, lobster, shrimp and other shellfish. Plants from the sea are becoming a culinary craze all across the country and are cropping up on menus at some of the finest restaurants around the world. Seaweed can be a delicious addition to your diet, and one that offers incredible health benefits at the same time.

The Nutritional Benefits of Seaweed

Seaweed has long been a staple of Asian and Scandinavian cooking, where aquatic freshwater and saltwater plants are readily available. Now, more and more people are adding seaweed to recipes, largely for the health benefits of the plants. A single serving of seaweed provides more immune system-boosting vitamin C than a serving of orange, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. In addition, seaweed is a natural source of vitamin D, providing more than what's found in a glass of milk. A serving of seaweed also treats your body to iron needed for producing healthy red blood cells, iodine for supporting thyroid function and the essential immune system mineral zinc. You'll also get a heaping dose of omega-3 fatty acids, the essential healthy fats that many people take fish and krill oil capsules to treat their bodies to get the benefits of.

Types of Seaweed for Cooking

There are many types of seaweed available at Asian food stores and online with which to experiment in recipes. The three most commonly used types are:

  • Nori - these Japanese algae is usually sold as a dry-food in sheets. If you've ever eaten a maki sushi roll, you'll quickly recognize the crispy blackish-green seaweed as the wrapper most commonly used by sushi chefs.
  • Kombu - Made up of broad leaves, kombu is a staple in Japanese cuisine and can be purchased fresh or as a dry-food.
  • Wakame - Sold as a dry-food and then rehydrated, this type of seaweed has a bright green color and a flavor that is slightly sweet.

Ways to Enjoy Seaweed

There are a number of ways that you can enjoy seaweed at home. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Take sheets of nori and bake them in the oven as a potato chip alternative that is great for dipping and rich in vitamins and minerals.
  2. Add a small bit of kombu to a sauce to bring a touch of unique flavor.
  3. Use crumbled nori in marinades for fish, chicken or seafood.
  4. Rehydrate wakame and serve it in an Asian dressing with octopus, shrimp or crab for a DIY version of a seaweed salad.
  5. Crisp kombu in a skillet and then crumble it. Use it in place of salt on all types of foods for delicious, healthy seasoning.
  6. Soak wakame and add it to a stir-fry with mushrooms, vegetables and your favorite protein like seafood or chicken.

Adding seaweed to your diet will please your palate and supply your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Don't be afraid to experiment. Dry-food seaweed is simple to work with and guaranteed to bring nutritious results.

 

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The red blood cells in your body carry the oxygen to your vital organs and tissues while removing the carbon dioxide. The blood cells are red because they contain hemoglobin which is very rich in iron. The marrow of the bone generates the production of red blood cells, but you can increase that production and create a healthier you in the process.

This is because not consuming enough iron in your daily diet may cause anemia, the state in which your body produces fewer red blood cells than normal. Iron-deficiency anemia can affect your health and energy levels in a number of negative ways. Therefore, it is important to consume foods that are rich in iron as well as other vitamins, minerals and nutrients that provide your body with what it needs to stay active, healthy and strong.

Foods Rich in Iron, Folic Acid and B-12

There are several foods that offer plenty of iron for your body to use and create new red blood cells. Red meats, organs such as livers and kidneys along with dark, leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach. In addition, dried raisins, beans, lentils and dried prunes are also great sources of iron that keeps your blood supply rich in oxygen.

You’ll also want to consume foods rich in folic acid or Vitamin B9 as well since it helps in the development of red blood cells. Increasing the amount of folic acid in your body may prevent anemia from occurring. Many of the foods that contain plenty of folic acid include sources of iron as well, such as leafy green vegetables, kale, spinach and dried beans. There are also other sources such as breads, cereals, nuts and peas that also contain folic acid.

The Vitamin B12 also helps in the production of red blood cells as well by helping to prevent abnormal divisions of cells in the bone marrow which may create smaller, immature cells known as megaloblasts which do not transport enough oxygen to the body. Foods rich in B12 include breakfast cereals, dairy products, fish, beef liver, eggs and nutritional yeast.

How Seaweed Increases your Red Cell Count

Of all the foods listed that helps in the production of red blood cells, seaweed is arguably the best in terms of combining iron with plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Seaweed offers many health benefits and is one of the plants people have been cooking with for thousands of years. Whether you choose freshwater or saltwater seaweed, it makes for excellent recipes and snacks that provide many benefits to the creation of red blood cells.

Sea life such as crab, octopus, shrimp, krill and foods such as calamari offer plenty of seafood recipes for the diet. Seaweed contains all the benefits of these creatures while having very little fat and few calories, which makes it a great compliment to your dinner table. While seaweed may not be the complete answer to increasing your red blood cell count, it is a vital one that offers many other benefits as well.

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Many people hear the terms “vegan” and “vegetarian” and believe that they mean the same thing. Actually, there are differences between the two when it comes to their respective diets.

What is the Vegan Diet?

The Vegan Diet or veganism is the practice of not consuming animal products both in terms of meats and in the products that animals produce such as milk and eggs. Being an Ethical Vegan also means abstaining from using animal products in any form which would include clothing for example. However, in terms of the diet a vegan does follow strict rules about what they eat.

The actual term vegan was first used by Donald Watson in 1944 when he co-founded the Vegan Society in the UK. The vegan diet has certainly increased in popularity over the years, especially after the turn of the 21st century when many restaurants and grocery stores began carrying more vegan-oriented foods. This popularity was increased when many high profile athletes, especially those in endurance sports began training while eating a vegan diet.

Vegan diets are generally high in dietary fiber, folic acid, Vitamins C and E, magnesium to name a few while being low in bad cholesterol, saturated fat and calories. However, vitamin supplements are often recommended for vegans because their diet is low in Vitamins B12 and D, calcium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids which are considered vital towards maintaining good health.

What is a Vegetarian Diet?

A vegetarian diet appears at first to be much like the vegan diet in that it avoids the consumption of animal products that includes poultry and fish. There are a number of reasons people choose a vegetarian diet, including respect for animals as well as protecting their own health. However, there are greater varieties to the vegetarian diet than the vegan one. In particular, the consumption of dairy products is generally accepted, although eggs are not included.

The practice of vegetarianism does go back for centuries in various forms. The modern version does offer some flexibility and variety that stretches from strict veganism to a more relaxed consumption of animal by-products. However, there are those that object to food packaging which often contains ingredients that are derived from animals.

A vegetarian diet in the traditional form does resemble a vegan diet to a great extent. However, the type of vegetarianism that is being pursued will dictate the types of foods that are consumed along with their packaging whereas a vegan diet is more strict and adhering to the avoidance of all animal products and by-products in general.

How Seaweed can Play a Role in Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

Seaweed is a vegetarian food that is gaining in popularity thanks to its many health benefits, including the vitamins and minerals it possesses for helping vegans and vegetarians lead stronger, healthier lives. Online stores such as Cantinastar for example offer seaweed snacks and free recipes that demonstrate how to prepare this particular food whether from freshwater or saltwater sources.

If you are pursuing a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, then adding seaweed to your diet can help fortify the body with iron and other important vitamins and minerals that leads to a healthier life.

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