The Nutritional Values and Uses of Brown, Green and Red Seaweed

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The Nutritional Values and Uses of Brown, Green and Red Seaweed

You can differentiate between the seaweed species by their color- red, brown or green. The brown seaweed is widely used because it contains the best gelling properties to bind the other ingredients.

In most of its uses, it is the best if you can use kelp in general, locally or imported, then it is to attempt to find a specific species, which might not be available in your area.

 

All of the seaweeds are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, Folic Acid, and Niacin, as well as contain 60 trace elements, B12, vitamins E and K, and phosphorus, iron, zinc, and manganese.

 

Each species also has a Latin name, and here I have included a list of the more common brown seaweeds. I have highlighted the large brown kelp, which might help you determine your local variety of kelp more easily.

 

LATIN NAME OF SOME BROWN SEAWEEDS ALSO KNOWN AS PHAEOPHYTA

1

Alaria Esculenta

13

Dictyopteris membranacea

25

Laminaria longicruris

2

Ascophyllum nodosum

14

Dictyota dichotoma

26

Padina pavonica

3

Bifurcaria bifucata

15

Focus spiralis

27

Pelvetia longicruris

4

Carpomitra costata

16

Focus serratus

28

Padina pavonica

5

Colpomenia spongiosus

17

Focus vesiculosus

29

Pelvetia caniculata

6

Colpomenia peregrina

18

Halidrys siliquosa

30

Phyllariopsis purpurascens

7

Colpomenia sinuosa

19

Halopteris scoparia

31

Saccorhiza polychides

8

Cutleria multifida

20

Halopteris filicina

32

Sargassum vulgare

9

Cystosesira abies-marina

21

Laminaria agardhii

33

Sargassum muticum

10

Cystosesira compressa

22

Laminaria saccharina

34

Sporochonus pendunculatus

11

Cystosesira discors

23

Laminaria digitata

35

Zonaria tournefortii

12

Cystosesira usneoides

24

Laminaria japonica

 

 

 

ABOUT THE GREEN AND RED SEAWEEDS

The Green and Red Seaweed species are mostly used for the Spa treatments, and chosen for their mineral content, and not their gelling properties. I have chosen only one variety of each, to demonstrate how they are used. A green Wakame seaweed from Japan, and a red Dulse seaweed from Canada. Again, choose a species of seaweed available in your area.

 

It is also very difficult to determine the type of seaweed from the packaging, let alone if it had been rinsed or not. Your best bet to choosing the correct species, is to familiarize yourself with the different local species.

We have this available on https://seatechbioproducts.com/marine-algae-micro-and-macro-seaweeds

The Seaweed beauty guide- Clayten Tylor (page 6-7)

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