"A New Super Food that Reminds Me of Caviar"
Sea Grapes or Caulerpa lentillifera are a very nutritious edible seaweed that is highly prized in the Orient... and looks like and has a similar texture to caviar. This seaweed is full of nutrients and antioxidants, helps with diabetes, cancer, creates wonderful skin and hair, and prevents heart attacks, strokes, and more.
Where They are Found - Sea Grapes are found throughout the Pacific Rim and are used in culinary uses in Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries.
Other Names - Some other names of Sea Grapes are Caulerpa lentillifera, Umibodo, Green Caviar, latô, arosep, gusô, latok, and many other names.
Taste - A bit salty, robust, and they taste like the sea where they come from... and slightly fishy like caviar. They taste a bit like many other seaweeds and when you bit into them they burst open and are yummy. They are great with miso or chili, limes, lemons, and other flavors.
Lots of Vitamins - Sea Grapes contain lots of Vitamins A, B, C, Beta Carotene, and even Vitamin K which are all powerful antioxidants and help with many different areas of the body.
Good Source of Omega 3 Oils - Sea Grapes are a good source of Omega 3 oils and also DHA, ALA, and EPA which help with inflammation and osteoporosis.
Prevents Goiter - Right now we have an epidemic of goiter going on in the world because people are not getting enough iodine in their diet. And the Sea Grape is a great source of bio-available iodine. And that is why all seaweeds should be consumed weekly. Eating 150 mg of Sea Grapes provides 2 mg of iodine.
Lots of Antioxidants - Sea Grapes are full of lots of antioxidants that help to prevent free radical damage and also repair DNA thus helping to prevent disease.
Anti-inflammatory - Sea Grapes help with inflammation such as arthritis, joint pain, redness, swelling, and pain in general. And inflammation is the first step towards disease so it's very important to stop inflammation right away.
Lowers Cholesterol - Sea Grapes lower cholesterol with all the Omega 3 oils help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even help to prevent cancer.
Improves Memory - Sea Grapes contain lots of nutrients that help with preventing memory loss and dementia.
Lowers Blood Pressure - Sea Grapes are full of potassium, calcium, and fatty acids that help to regulate blood pressure and create good heart contractions.
Good Eyesight - Full of fatty acids that help prevent macular degeneration and improve eyesight.
Great for Youthful Skin - Sea Grapes are full of collagen which is very healing for the skin, and also fatty acids that make our skin look young and alive. Also giving a person a radiant glow with very few wrinkles.
Wonderful for Lustrous Hair - Being full of wonderful fatty acids these little tiny grapes work wonders for creating lustrous hair.
Strong Bones - All the fatty acids, protein, and calcium in Sea Grapes helps to strengthen and maintain a healthy bone structure.
Diabetes - Sea Grapes also help to lower blood sugar and get rid of free radicals that lead to inflammation of the pancreas and thus diabetes.
Good Mood - Sea Grapes are full of B-Vitamins that boost up our metabolism and also with creating a good mood.
Immune Boosting Agent - Sea Grapes are full of fucoidan which is a powerful immune boosting agent which helps to prevent disease.
Anti-Cancer - Sea Grapes contain fucoidan which is a powerful anticancer agent that helps to prevent cancer in general. We find very little cancer in Japan and Korea and that may be because they eat lots of seaweed that also contains lignans which destroy cancer cells.
Helps with Weight Loss - Sea Grapes give a person a feeling being full, increase metabolism, and they are low in calories.
Helps with Digestive Problems - Sea Grapes are very good for healing digestive problems because they are very alkaline, full of nutrients that soothe the GI tract and help with constipation.
Used in Cosmetics - Sea Grapes are used in the making of cosmetics, toothpaste, skin lotions, and many other agents.
Culinary Uses - Sea Grapes are used in sushi, soups, and salads and other culinary dishes. Also used with fish, and sometimes eaten with shallots, tomatoes, and any kind of green.
Cost - Sea Grapes or Umibodo usually runs about 25 cents per gram... which is not bad at all.
Finding - You can find fresh Sea Grapes or Umibodo on amazon.com and ebay.com and many other places online and they may also have it at your local Asian Market. Try different names sometimes they are listed under different names.
No Side Effects - There are no side effects to eating this food. But as with all things it should be eaten in moderation.
Confusion Over Name - Remember there is a sea grape that grows on land... don't be confused... this is a seaweed that grows in the ocean.
Enjoy Sea Grapes!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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