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Seaweed may provide heart health benefits

Seaweed seems to be good for the heart

Consumers who are looking for adventurous recipes that are good for the heart may want to consider seaweed as an ingredient.

New research suggests that the marine algae contain large quantities of compounds that have benefits for heart health.

Researchers from Ireland and the University of London analysed the results of almost 100 studies and found that some proteins in seaweed work in a similar way to those found in milk to reduce blood pressure.

Writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study authors pointed out that there are a range of seaweed species which are easy to cultivate.

These factors make seaweed "a relatively untapped source of new bioactive compounds, and more efforts are needed to fully exploit their potential for use and delivery to consumers in food products", they say.

The British Heart Foundation website features a number of heart-healthy recipes, such as one for baked vegetable samosas, which contain potato, shallots, garlic, peas and chick peas.

Those wishing to prepare the dish will also need a number of other ingredients, including ground cumin, ground coriander and garam masala.

Related Products: Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Garam Masala

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