When we think about Kappaphycus alvarezii, the first thought the comes to mind is carrageenan. This seaweed is commonly known as Sea Bird´s Nest or Cottonii and is also used as food in many Asian countries.
Kappaphycus is considered a superfood as it is rich in nutrients, fibres, proteins and polysaccharides that can have beneficial effects in the human body beyond nutrition. This low-calorie high-fibre food can help you with weight loss, improve blood glucose levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and boost your immune system.
It also has anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antioxidants, anti-cancer, antithrombic, antimicrobial properties making them a functional food that can be easily implemented in the diet of children and adults, even those on a restricted diet, including vegans.
This seaweed is rich in collagen, which prevents age spots, wrinkles and dry skin, contributing to the maintenance of youthful skin appearance. Besides, Kappaphycus is a great vegetarian source of calcium and phosphorous, which are the key constituents for strong and healthy bone formation.
When fresh, it has a crunchy and delicious flavour that makes them an ideal food item for salads, soups and desserts. For those who want to try and do not leave the areas where the seaweed is cultivated, you can buy sun-dried Kappaphycus, rehydrate it to add to your favourite recipes. The advantage of using dried seaweed is that you can store it for months without losing its nutritional value.