The many health benefits of eating dulse.
Dulse is packed with many of the minerals that humans need to consume every day. A single serving of dulse provides us a rich supply of Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Chromium and Magnesium.
Calcium, iron and magnesium all contribute to robust bone density. Maintaining bone density becomes more important as we get older and negotiate osteoporosis. We need plenty of iron to keep our muscles and red blood cells happy. Potassium is a well-known vaso-dilator, which means this mineral helps to reduce the strain on our arteries caused by high blood pressure.
Dulse is a rich source of Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C.
Vitamin B-12 is mostly found in animal-based foods. So, if you’re vegan, you may rely on dulse as your B-12 source. Vitamin A helps build and maintain teeth, bones, skin and soft tissue. Research has also shown Vitamin A slows the development of cataracts in our eyes. Vitamin C is a key component of our immune system. It also helps us with our white blood cell count, collagen production and acts as an antioxidant.
Omega-3 and Omega-6
In general, red algae are enriched for polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).
Dulse contains 2 of the more interesting PUFAs: omega-3 and omega-6. PUFAs are fatty acids that contain more than one double bond in their backbone structure. The actions of omega-3 and omega-6 in our body are best characterized by their interactions with each other. They’re difficult to understand when considered separately. That said, these omega acids are thought to help regulate multiple body functions: including blood clotting, arthritis, blood pressure as well as the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
I was surprised when I learned that a 3.5 ounce serving of fresh dulse provides about 21.5 grams of protein. 21 grams is a whopping 43% of the daily requirement of protein, as set by the FDA. So, eating dulse is a nice way to compliment the protein you may be getting from meat and land-based vegetables.
As you might expect from a seaweed, dulse contains a good amount of dietary fiber. You get 16 grams of fiber in a 2 ounce serving of dulse. Dietary fiber helps us regulate our digestive process. This fiber bulks up our stool and, in general, facilitates a better experience in the bathroom.