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Super Seaweed

Seaweed is eaten by humans and animals and used in cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes and health-related products, as well as biomass for fuels. It is both wild-harvested and farmed across the globe.

  • The annual global seaweed haul is valued at about $6 billion.

  • Global seaweed production is up from 34.7 thousand tons in 1950 to more than 34.7 million tons today.

  • Seaweed farming is the fastest-growing sector of US aquaculture with Alaska producing 440 tons in 2021, up from only eighteen tons in 2017.

  • Seaweed is known for providing iodine to the diet, which benefits thyroid health. But it also has vitamins and minerals like B12 and zinc; disease-fighting carotenoids; antioxidants; and flavonoids that help protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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