The accumulated minerals in seaweed can be loosely considered as primary metabolites. The accumulated minerals, are concentrated against the osmotic gradient to cause a much higher concentration of each mineral inside the body cells and intercellular spaces compared to the surrounding fluid (blood plasma).
Diet: Demographic studies ( Japan) have shown that people who regularly incorporate edible seaweeds into their diets have fewer problems from mineral depletion. The over dependence on land-based food sources often lead to deficiencies in micronutrients and trace elements.
Seaweed & algae contain the full spectrum of organic (photo-synthetic) vitamins, all minerals and 72 natural ionic sea trace minerals, lipids, plant sterols, amino acids. Omega 3s and 6s, anti-oxidants, growth hormones, poly-phenols i.e.
Perhaps the most important is that these nutrients maintain/replace human cell membranes in structure and function. This is vital for cell detoxification, and for the overall metabolism in general.
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