Arame algae, scientific name Eisenia bicyclis, is an edible brown seaweed of Japanese origin. Its fronds can be 30 cm long and, after harvesting, are cut into thin strips, cooked and then dried in the sun. This seaweed contains mineral salts such as iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper and zinc, and vitamins, including vitamin A. The arame gives fibers, that give a sense of satiety and improve, at the same time, the intestinal function.
In addition to this, the arame algae contains beta carotenes that have an important antioxidant action against free radicals.
Moreover, the seaweed is able to regulate blood pressure and, thanks to the iodine content, stimulates the thyroid and accelerates metabolism. Because of the iodine content, this algae is to be avoided if you suffer from hyperthyroidism, but, more in general, it is better to ask your doctor for advice in case of problems with the thyroid function. Arame strengthens also the bones since it helps absorb calcium, for this reason it is a good remedy against osteoporosis. This seaweed has a sweet taste thanks to a natural sugar, mannitol, and therefore is perfect in salads, soups, but can also be used together with cooked vegetables or tofu. It should be rehydrated by soaking it in water and can be eaten both raw and cooked.