Mother Nature gifts us many earthly treasures to live long, healthy lives without pain and disease. Seaweed is Her gift from the sea. This food family delivers countless benefits to help the body fight against aging and disease. No surprise, since our blood has nearly the same composition as seawater. A member of the seaweed family, bladder wrack (kelp), can be used in food to reduce inflammation in the body. Below, are some facts and benefits of bladder wrack. Also, I share three recipes using bladder wrack and other healthy ingredients, especially for people of Blood Type O.
Facts about seaweed
- Contains dozens and dozens of minerals and trace elements in living plant tissue
- Food family provides most protection against radiation and environmental pollutants
- Detoxifies the body making the seaweed wrap a popular spa treatment
- Contains fucoidan, a polysaccharide believed to have anti-cancer activity.
- Offers a high content of vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium and amino acids
- Has fluorine when in the raw or dried form. Fluorine boosts the body’s defenses and strengthens teeth and bones.
The benefits of Bladder Wrack
- Counters the hyperactivity of the Type O digestive tract, reducing the potential for ulcers.
- Contains fucose, the basic building sugar of the Blood Type O antigen. Fucose protects the intestinal lining of the stomach, preventing ulcer causing bacteria from adhering to the intestinal walls.
- Aids in weight control. The fucose regulates the metabolic rate of Type O’s. (Note: Bladder wrack is an effective weight loss aid only for Type O’s.)
- Contains 100-500 times the amount of iodine in shellfish. Iodine regulates the thyroid gland and is the component of two main thyroid hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine)
- Contains 4 times the amount of iron in beef
A colorful salad is a great way to take advantage of the live enzymes found in raw food. Bladder wrack eaten raw or dried will deliver the most effective form of components, including fucoidan. This salad is loaded with highly beneficial ingredients for Type O diets. The spinach, red onions and parsley all act like medicine for most blood type diets. This salad is dressed with olive oil, effective for reducing heart disease and cancer.
2 tbs of fresh lemon juice
1 tbs of Olive oil
1/4 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups spinach, rinsed, stems removed
1 Red onion, sliced
Fresh parsley, chopped
Cayenne pepper and Sea Salt Seasoned to taste.
- Make dressing: Combine bladder wrack, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and sea salt let sit for about 20 minutes.this will allow the crunch textured bladder wrack to soften and become chewable
- Add remaining ingredients to a salad bowl.
- Add dressing to salad vegetables and toss in dressing until coated well.
- Top with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
Deep-rich red peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A and C and the mineral potassium. Vitamin A, a great immune system stimulator, may also counteract the effects of carcinogens in firsthand and secondhand smoke. Red peppers contain beta-cryoptoxanthin, a carotenoid that may lower the risk of developing lung cancer. The warming spices, cayenne pepper and turmeric, soothe the digestive tract.
1 1/2 pounds Ground Turkey
1 1/2 tablespoons Bladder wrack
5 Red peppers, halved and seeded.
1 Clove Garlic, chopped
1 Spanish onion, sliced
3 teaspoons Chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
- Heat skillet to medium heat.
- Add ground turkey and seasonings.
- Brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking down turkey into smaller pieces until turkey no longer pink.
- Add bladder wrack, soy sauce and water and return to boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until liquid is cooked out.
- Remove turkey from skillet and set aside.
- Add more olive oil and onions to hot skillet. Saute onions for about 2 minutes.
- Add soy sauce and water and cook until onions tender.
- Prepare sandwich: Add turkey sausage and onion to pepper halves. Top with fresh chopped parsley. Serve immediately
For Type O’s, eating beans is discouraged because, in general, they inhibit the metabolism of the important nutrients found in meat. They also tend to make muscle tissue slightly less acidic, a problem for Type O’s. However, there are three beans that are highly beneficial to Type O’s to counteract typically high levels of stomach acid. Pinto beans, adzuki beans and black eyed peas strengthen the digestive tract and promote healing of ulcerations. This dish of black-eyed peas are the perfect occasional side dish for Type O’s when eaten in moderation.
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 White onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups water
1/2 pound Black eye peas
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons Bladder wrack
2 tablespoons soy sauce
- In large stockpot, heat olive oil to high heat.
- Add chopped onions and saute onions until they become slightly transparent.
- Add garlic, and continue to saute for 1-2minutes careful not to burn the garlic.
- Add water, beans and remaining ingredients.
- Bring beans to a boil then reduce to low heat.
- Simmer until tender, about 2 hours, adding more water to keep beans slightly covered.
I love to create tasty, gluten-free recipes that also combat age and disease. Seaweed contains so many components to accomplish this. Bladder wrack, found in my local health food store, is now an important part of my diet. I eat it in its raw and dried form as often as possible to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory properties. I hope these three recipes will help you to experience the same benefits, and the taste!