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Ready for your next big challenge? If you’re about to ramp up your exercise, you’re probably thinking of ways to fuel your body. It’s not just about what you eat before the race – you also need to consider how you’re going to help your body recover.

When you’ve put yourself under immense strain, it depletes your body and means that you need to replenish. Helping aid your post-exercise recovery should be your top priority. While you may never have considered it before, chomping on some seaweed could be the answer! Here’s what you need to know.

Boosts protein intake!

Protein plays a key role when it comes to exercise recovery. Not only does it help the body to quickly and easily repair any damaged muscle tissue, but it also replenishes your energy stores. It’s no wonder many athletes rely on protein shakes after competing in challenges or even just hitting the gym. However, what you may not realise is that some seaweed could have similar effects to these processed drinks.

The protein content of some species of seaweed is strikingly high and could be used as part of a healthy balanced diet, according to research from the Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Experts highlighted that the species commonly known as dulse typically consists of 9-25% protein. The strain also includes amino acids such as leucine, valine, and methionine.

Fat-fighting benefits  

Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds us just stay in shape, choosing the right diet is the key to your success. Information from the American Chemical Society suggests that brown seaweed contains a compound which helps animals to fight fat. The compound – which is called fucoxanthin – was found to reduce animals’ overall weight by around 5-10% when taken on a regular basis.

While these findings were not specific to humans, it’s thought that the compound could have similar effects if introduced into our daily diets. Including brown seaweed in our meals or even taking it in the form of a supplement or tablet could be an effective way to stay healthy and maintain a positive weight. Simple!

Lower risk of diabetes

You may already know that what you eat affects your risk of certain diseases and medical problems in the future. So, why should you add a little seaweed to your everyday diet? It’s quite simple. Research into the effect of seaweed supplements suggests that this small addition could have an extremely positive impact on your health and wellness.

As part of the study, participants were given brown dried seaweed pills three times a day for a period of four weeks. At the end of the trial, the results showed that this particular supplement helped to lower overall glucose (blood sugar) levels. This could mean that consuming seaweed helps to decrease the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Catch us at Eroica Britannia

Joining the Great British adventure at Eroica Britannia 2018? So are we! Catch the plant pushers at the festival and don’t forget to try our Summer Lovin’ combo bowl. Packing chickpea hummus, new season potatoes, green salsa, sprouted beans, pea shoots, and crispy seaweed, it’s sure to be a nutritious post-ride meal!

 

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