Improve RA Pain By Including Sea Vegetables In Your Diet

Improve Your RA By Including Sea Vegetables in Your Diet

Improve  RA Pain With Sea Vegetables

 Advantages of Eating Sea Vegetables to Improve RA Pain

Sea vegetables can improve RA pain because they contain many substances that reduce inflammation and improve pain.

Sea vegetables can significantly improve your overall health because they are low in calories and rich in many vitamins and minerals. Many experts believe that they are a very important superfood.

In addition to anti-inflammatory properties, sea vegetables contain:

  • antiviral properties
  • anticoagulating properties that can reduce the blood”s ability to form clots
  • anti-cancer properties (scientists are studying sea vegetables as a treatment for colon and breast cancer)
  • large amounts of iodine that can be a natural source of iodine to treat hypothyroidism. Sea vegetables have been used for years to treat goiter.
  •  iron
  • antioxidants
  • many other minerals ( magnesium, calcium, copper, phosphorous, selenium, vanadium, zinc, etc) and vitamins (C, E)
  • a much higher protein content than land vegetables
  • prebiotics ( an indigestible fiber) that feed healthy gut flora
  • soluble fiber that can help reduce LDL cholesterol
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • A combination of fatty acids, antioxidants and soluble fiber that make them a powerful heart healthy food.

Sea vegetables have been consumed by residents of countries located near water for centuries. Asian countries, Scotland , New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, coastal South American countries and the Pacific Islands have all historically included sea vegetables in their cuisine.

How Do Sea Vegetables Improve RA Pain?

Sea vegetables contain sulfated polysaccharides or fucoidans. These fucoidans are anti-inflammatory. They can block selectins. Selectins are glycoproteins that run through cells during an inflammatory process. Selectins allow the inflammatory signals to be transmitted through the cell. Fucoidans can block the selectins and reduce inflammation. Scientists are already interested in this process for treatment in osteoarthritis.  (4)

Additionally, sea vegetables are a prebiotic so they feed the good bacteria in your gut, increasing gut. Gut health has been linked to RA.

Sea vegetables are a good source of Omega 3’s.  They also help reduce RA pain.

For all of the reasons above, sea vegetables can improve RA pain.

Which Sea Vegetables Are Best for RA Pain?

Sea vegetables are classified by color: brown, red and green.

  • Kelp is the most common brown sea vegetable. others include kombu, alaria, arame hijiki and wakame.
  • Dulse is a red algae that grows on the northern coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It contains a lot of protein and is commonly used as a snack in Iceland and Ireland. It can be purchased in powdered form to use as a spice. Nori is also a red algae that is very common in the USA. It is used as a wrap for sushi. It can be purchased in dried sheets and used as a wrap for most any food. Other red algaes include agar and irish moss.
  • Spirulina is a blue green algae that comes from fresh water plants. It comes in powdered form and is 60 % protein. You may be familiar with it because it is a common superfood in this country. Other green sea vegetables include sea lettuce.

Kelp and seaweed both contain the anti-inflammatory complex carbohydrate fucoidan so they are considered good for reducing arthritic pain.

FYI: In 2014 published a list of the top 15 anti-inflammatory foods that can improve RA pain. Kelp and seaweed both made the list. (7)

Where Can You Shop for Sea Vegetables?

Sea vegetables can be found in dried or fresh form in most Asian grocery stores.

You can also find them in most health food stores and at WholeFoods.

Disclosure: The Amazon link below is an affiliate link. This means that if you click this link and make a purchase, it will not cost you more. but I will make a small commission. Thank you for helping to support my blog.

You can purchase sea vegetables at Amazon as well. Click on the links below to explore the many sea vegetable options at Amazon. They sell many Maine Coast sea vegetables. This company lab tests all of their products and publish their results on their website.


Cautions: Please be careful  where you purchase sea vegetables. It is best to purchase sea vegetables from a reputable source. Because they come from the sea they can absorb mercury and other  heavy metals like arsenic, lead and cadmium. You should limit your purchases to certified organic sources. There are  many companies that report that they lab test their products. As I mentioned above, Maine Coast publishes their lab results on their website. You can access their website Here. 

Sea vegetables can also contain a lot of salt. You can reduce the amount of salt you add to any recipe if you add sea vegetables  to your recipe.

If you are being treated for a thyroid condition, you need to check with your healthcare provider before including sea vegetables in your diet. Sea vegetables have a high, natural content of iodine.

Experts caution against taking a iodine supplement. It is best to use natural sources of iodine.

There is still more research that needs to be done to determine the specific health benefits of sea vegetables. If you follow the cautions above and limit your consumption of sea foods, you can expect to enhance your overall health and should find that your RA pain improves.

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