Such a comprehensive balance of nutrients is found in no other natural food but seaweed.
From the primordial ocean to the vegetation and animals which remain our food today, the continuous line of our nutritional composition can be traced back beyond the earliest organisms to the very chemistry of life itself, which is the chemistry of the oceans.
In the course of time, life forms and their own different diets became increasingly specialised, excluding the need for this mineral or that protein, where before, even the most toxic of substances might have been tolerated by the organism.
The human body is perhaps the most complex achievement, its intricate design engineered over millenia to maintain the balance of nutrients required to maintain its overall equilibrium.
Seaweed, still absorbing all the nutrients from our most primordial beginnings, still needed by our bodies, retains the unique capacity to fill all the nutrient gaps in the very different foods we now eat, including land vegetables.
It responds to the nutrient depletion in modern foods. It assists the body to rid itself of chemical food additives and environmental contaminants alike.
Foods which upset our nutritional homeostasis (eg. coffee, alcohol) orgive rise to intolerances (eg. modified wheat) find their apotheosis in seaweed.
In this more settled but complex world, the balance of nutrients still does not return naturally to the soil, or the food we produce in it: it is certainly not helped by our erratic agricultural interventions.
This behoves us to play the role of responsible steward not just for our own good, but for the planet which is our home. Ocean, earth, soil, food, body - we are still what we eat.
Thus biodynamic and organic composting - the very best forms of husbandry - use seaweed among their most significant inputs.
The nutritional value of our soil and food is in steep decline - the numbers in brackets on the following pages refer to scientific references listed in our 'University' section / Research.
Seagreens® Hebridean wild wrack seaweed