If you’ve ever eaten sushi (we are going to guess you’ve at least seen it), you have experienced nori. Nori is seaweed “paper” aka that black wrapper around your California roll. It comes out of the ocean as a reddish-purple plant called Porphyra. It’s mixed with water to create a slurry then dried in sheets and roasted, similar to how paper is made. It has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and highly regarded for its health benefits in many Asian cultures. The chemical composition of nori is very similar to human blood plasma!
Nori has a remarkable nutritional profile. It is high in protein, iodine, potassium, and vitamins B12 and C. Interestingly, nori is the only plant source of a specific type of B12 called Cobalamin that is bio-available to humans. This makes it a very important plant to vegans and vegetarians.
Being rich in iodine means nori is great for your thyroid, metabolism and maintaining healthy hair, skin, teeth, and nails. It is also high in omega-3 fatty acids which help to regulate inflammation throughout your body. Recent studies have linked excess inflammation to mental distress such as depression and anxiety. It contains chlorophyll which is a natural detoxifier that can keep the body clear of waste products.
Nori also contains important amino acids, anti-allergenic and anti-carcinogenic properties. The significant amounts of calcium and magnesium work in conjunction to help build healthy bones. It should be eaten in moderation because most brands of nori contain high amounts of sodium. However, the nori included in your box this week is made by Sea Snax and contains no oil or salt! It’s just pure nutritional goodness ready to be absorbed.