Kombu isn’t some sort of exotic dish made from a combination of foods. It’s actually a kind of seaweed, although it’s also a considered a sea cabbage. It’s one of nature’s flavor enhancer, and despite the small size of the kombu it packs a wallop when it comes to health benefits. It’s aptly named too since it offers a combo of health benefits, but for some strange reason it’s not really used much in American cuisine.
Kombu Gets the Attention of Mainstream Media
Fortunately, kombu is starting to get the attention of the mainstream media (there’s an article about it in the Washington Post) so more people can take advantage of it. It’s known to be good for your health in a lot of ways:
- It reduces hypertension and blood cholesterol.
- It has lots of iodine, which is what you need to maintain normal thyroid functions.
- You get iron, which helps transport much-needed oxygen to the cells in your body.
- It’s full of calcium, which by now you should know is good for your teeth and bones.
- It has vitamin A, which helps in making your eyes work better.
- It has vitamin C, which keeps you healthy by helping you fight off disease and infections.
You can make soup out of kombu, although it takes a bit of time to prepare. That’s after you spend time looking for it (try gourmet and Asian markets) and hope that it was harvested properly. Remember that not all suppliers practice proper methods in harvesting and storing produce—kombu included!
Here is what the Life Force website has to say about the Kombu found in Body Balance:
Known by some as the “king of seaweeds,” Kombu is a brown type of kelp that grows in long narrow blades (up to 6 feet long), in dense forests below the tide. A rich source of iodine, Kombu has been used to treat thyroid dysfunction. It contains concentrated amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, trace minerals (including copper and zinc), as well as chromium.
Incredibly low in calories, high in fiber, and delicious, it has been a staple the Japanese diet for centuries.
So to be absolutely certain, it’s best that you get it from trustworthy health products. The good news is that you buy a tasty drink called Body Balance, which combines kombu with other healthy sea vegetables and natural ingredients. Body Balance is delicious and healthy; what more could you ask for?