Sea Grapes, a newly discovered superfood that reminds of caviar, have been enjoyed on Okinawa, Japan for centuries.
This type of edible seaweed is also called green caviar, seaweed pearls or Caulerpa lentillifera (hard to pronounce, we know…) and is packed with loads precious essential nutrients.
It looks like caviar and even has a very similar texture, but it’s 100% natural and organic.
The nutrients and antioxidants contained within the delicious green sea grapes can help with diabetes, skin and hair, prevent heart attacks, strokes, get rif od free radicals and much more. This seaweed cleanses, beautifies and protects the body by strengthening the immune system’s natural resistance to disease while harmonizing blood pressure and overall vitality.
In addition to iodine and a wealth of important minerals and trace elements, the positive, anti-diabetic and blood pressure normalizing effect of green caviar has also been discovered.
Scientific Sources for health benefits of Sea Grapes
To back up the information we’re about to present you below please find the following links to Journal of Applied Phycology, Journal of Translational Medicine and International Journal of Food Science & Technology.
Sea Grapes, or their scientific name Caulerpa lentillifera, have been researched thoroughly proofing their powderful impact on the human health.
Biosorption of Cu2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, and Zn2+ using dried marine green macroalga Caulerpa lentillifera
P Pavasant, R Apiratikul, V Sungkhum… – Bioresource …, 2006 – Elsevier
Nutrient content of tropical edible seaweeds, Eucheuma cottonii, Caulerpa lentillifera and Sargassum polycystum
P Matanjun, S Mohamed, NM Mustapha… – Journal of Applied …, 2009 – Springer
Nutritional evaluation of tropical green seaweeds Caulerpa lentillifera and Ulva reticulata
P Ratana-arporn, A Chirapart – Kasetsart J.(Nat. Sci.), 2006 – marineagronomy.org
Comparison of Cardiovascular Protective Effects of Tropical Seaweeds, Kappaphycus alvarezii, Caulerpa lentillifera, and Sargassum polycystum, on High …
P Matanjun, S Mohamed, K Muhammad… – Journal of medicinal …, 2010 – liebertpub.com
Immunostimulatory Activity of Polysaccharides Isolated from Caulerpa lentillifera on Macrophage Cells
R Maeda, T Ida, H IHARA… – Bioscience, biotechnology …, 2012 – Taylor & Francis
Anti‐oxidant activity and total phenolic content of some Asian vegetables
C Kaur, HC Kapoor – International Journal of Food Science & …, 2002 – Wiley Online Library
Comparative production and nutritional value of “sea grapes”—the tropical green seaweeds Caulerpa lentillifera and C. racemosa
Nicholas A. Paul, Nicolas Neveux, Marie Magnusson, Rocky de Nys – Journal of Applied Phycology, 2014 – Springer
Sea Grapes Health Benefits Summary
Where They are Found – Sea Grapes are found throughout the Pacific Ocean Rim and are applied in culinary purposes in Okinawa, Japan, Australia, Dubai, the United States and other countries.
Other Names – Other names of Sea Grapes are Caulerpa lentillifera, Umibodo, Green Caviar, Meerestrauben, lato, arosep, guso and latok.
Taste – A little saline, full-bodied, and they pretty much taste like the sea where they originate from… and somewhat fishy like caviar, in a delicious way though. They taste a little like a lot of other seaweeds and when you bite into them they break open and are really delicious. They go great with miso or chili, limes, lemons, and other flavors – head over to our recipe section to learn more on using sea grapes in the kitchen.
Lots of Vitamins – Sea Grapes contain loads of vitamin A, B, C, beta carotin and vitamin K which are all strong antioxidants and assist with a lot of different areas of the body.
Good Source of Omega 3 Oils – Sea Grapes are a superb source of omega-3 fatty acid oils as well as DHA, ALA, and EPA which can help with inflammation and osteoporosis. Why eat fish when you can enjoy delicious sea grapes, loaded with omega 3 oils?
Prevent Goiter – You might not be getting enough iodine in their diet which is the leading cause of goiter. Sea Grapes are a perfect source of iodine which occurs in them naturally. It’s usually recommended to enjoy different types of seaweeds at least twice monthly. Eating a full pack of 100g provides 2mg of iodine which is sufficient for a healthy body. Consuming 1oz/30g of Sea Grapes a day can provide sufficient iodine needed by the thyroid which can help prevent goiter.
Lots of Antioxidants – Sea Grapes are full of lots of antioxidants that help to prevent free radical harm as well as repair DNA therefore assisting to prevent disease.
Anti-inflammatory – Sea Grapes can help with arthritis, joint pain, inflammation, swelling, and pain generally.
Lower Cholesterol – Sea Grapes can bring down cholesterin with all the omega-3 fatty acid oils contained in their “pearls” which helps to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Improve Memory – Sea Grapes contain lots of nutrients that help with preventing memory loss and dementedness.
Lower Blood Pressure – Sea Grapes are full of potassium, calcium, and fatty acids that help to regularize blood pressure and create beneficial heart contractions.
Good Eyesight – Full of fatty acids that help prevent macular retrogression and improve seeing. Sea Grapes contain unsaturated fatty acids AA, LA, DHA, EPA and ALA that help to strengthen eyesight and memory, reduce cholesterol, increase the elasticity of blood vessels, prevent oxidation, maintain collagen structure of the arteries, preventing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction.
Great for Youthful Skin – Sea Grapes are full of collagen which is very healthful for the skin, and also fatty acids that make your skin look youthful and awake. They’ll give you a beaming glow with fewer wrinkles due to the collagen contained im them.
Wonderful Hair & Nails – Fat in Sea Grapes helps protect cell membranes, improve elasticity and lower the permeability of the vessel wall to reduce the symptoms of dry skin. Rich with vitamin A, C Sea Grapes are capable of producing collagen and antioxidants and are considered as natural cosmetics that help improve skin, hair and slow the aging process. Being full of precious fatty acids these tiny green grapes work wonders for creating strong, glowing hair and nails.
Strong Bones – All the fatty acids, protein, and calcium in Sea Grapes helps to strengthen and maintain a healthy bone structure.
Diabetes – Sea Grapes also help to lower blood sugar and get rid of free radicals that lead to inflammation of the pancreas and thus diabetes. Sea Grapes, rich in calcium, potassium and vitamin C, is effective in reducing blood pressure due to the ability to promote excretion and maintain normal blood pressure for people with high blood pressure. In addition to vitamin C, Sea Grapes also help control sugar level and activity of free radicals, decrease intracellular accumulation of sorbitol and inhibits the binding of glucose and protein, reducing complications of diabetes.
Good Mood – Sea Grapes are full of B-Vitamins that boost up our metabolism and can increase your mood.
Immune Boosting Agent – Sea Grapes are full of fucoidan which is a powerful immune boosting agent which helps to prevent disease. Fucoidan is a natural compound found in various forms of seaweed like kombu, limu, wakame and mozuku, including some marine animals like the sea cucumber. It is believed to be an anti-cancer ingredient in seaweed.
Anti-Cancer – Sea Grapes contain fucoidan which is a powerful anticancer agent that can help to prevent cancer cells. We find very little cancer in Japan and Korea and that may be because they eat lots of seaweed that also contains lignans which can destroy cancer cells.
Help with Weight Loss – Sea Grapes give a person a feeling of being full, increase metabolism, and they are super low in calories. Sea Grapes, less in sugar but rich in calcium, zinc, iron, vegetable protein, vitamin C and polyunsaturated fatty acids are considered the nutritious and safe food for overweight and dieting consumers.
Help with Digestive Problems – Sea Grapes are very good for healing digestive problems because they are very alkaline, full of nutrients that soothe the gastrointestinal tract and help with constipation. Sea Grapes contain very low calories and sugar, enabling good bacterium to digest food and excrete waste quickly which is effective in preventing constipation.
Used in Cosmetics – Sea Grapes are widely used in cosmetics, toothpaste, skin lotions, and many other agents.
Culinary Uses – Sea Grapes are used in sushi, soups, and salads and other culinary dishes. Also used with fish, and sometimes eaten with shallots, tomatoes, and any kind of green.
No Side Effects – There are no side effects to eating this food. But as with all things it should be eaten in moderation.
Confusion Over Name – Remember there is a sea grape that grows on land… don’t be confused… this is a seaweed that grows in the ocean.