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The Incredible Health Benefits of Seaweed

When you think of seaweed, you’re probably not thinking about its benefits – and more about how it’s just slimy weeds at the bottom of the ocean or lake that can get tangled up in your boat propeller.

However, it seems these plants hiding underwater have numerous positive impacts on our overall health, from body to mind. So let’s pull up 12 of these benefits to consider…

1. Thyroid Function

The thyroid gland in your neck is ever so important for many functions of your body, and keeping it healthy is definitely in your best interest. According to Healthline.com, your thyroid relies on iodine to function properly, and seaweed “has the unique ability to absorb concentrated amounts of iodine from the ocean.”

Depending on the type of seaweed and how it was processed, seaweed can contain 11 to 1,989-percent of the recommended daily intake of iodine (which is 150 mcg), adds the source. Kelp is 1-type of seaweed that has more than enough iodine to keep your thyroid swimming along.

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