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The loss of micronutrients - 3

“Thousands of young mothers-to-be are putting their children’s health at risk as a result of their unhealthy diets and ‘faddy’ weight loss regimes such as the high-protein, low-carbohydrate regime beloved by celebrities.

A new study of 12,000 women has shown that 4 in 10 young women have such poor diets that when they become pregnant their children are deprived of essential nutrients in the womb.

The health of an unborn baby can be affected long before conception, because foetuses do not merely rely on the food consumed by the mother in pregnancy, but draw on nutrients stored in their bodies over preceeding months.

Poor diets before and during pregnancy can leave children susceptible to a range of diseases in later life includiong diabetes and heart disease” (90).

“Seaweed is the most nutritious form of vegetation on this contains almost the whole alphabet of nutrients” (8).

“(Certain seaweeds are) so concentrated in minerals that they arenormally used as a supplementary item in recipes to provide a mineral foundation for better utilization of protein and all other nutrients...

A broad range of protein content in addition to a remarkable ability to combine with other vegetables, grains and legumes.

Not only do they contribute valuable protein and other nutrients, but their mineralization is superior to that of any other plant or animal food”(1 p107).

“Modern science confirms seaweed as one of Nature’s all-roundpharmaceutical miracles that can accomplish everything from warding offand treating several types of cancer, lowering blood cholesterol andblood pressure, thinning the blood, preventing ulcers, killingbacteria, even curing constipation” (10).

“Seaweeds are highly nutritious, support digestion, help alkalinize the body and aid detox. They generally contain over 70 of the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that your body needs for health and are also packed with amino acids (proteins). They are also rich in compounds called polysaccharides which cleanse and heal the intestines and help the breakdown of food.

These compounds also bind with heavy metals so they can assist with removal of mercury, lead, cadmium etc from the body. There are many different types of seaweed and lots of delicious seaweed recipes. If you really don’t like the taste, texture or aroma then try Seagreens seaweed capsules or condiments, made from organic bladderwrack, which can be sprinkled on food – delicious!” (107).