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A growing appetite for seaweed

Friday August 18, 2017
A growing appetite for seaweed

Image courtesy of Seaweed Health Foundation


As part of our series of guest blogs, we’ve invited Simon Ranger, founder of the Seaweed Health Foundation, to discuss the rising popularity of seaweed and the forthcoming Seaweed for Health 2017 on 2 and 3 September. Viridian is a supporter of the foundation’s work and has several nutritional supplements containing the Seagreens® wild seaweed.

Seaweed has been a traditional food for farm animals and still more widely used as a soil fertiliser and for crop irrigation. During the past 20 years interest and use of it has increased, in parallel with the interest in health, natural and organic food sources, and especially wild foods.

The rising popularity of Japanese cuisine and particularly sushi and the macrobiotic diet, has also done much to stimulate consumers to experiment with seaweed.


Nutrition research, largely conducted on Seagreens® wild wrack species in the UK since 2008, has shown numerous health benefits when incorporated into other foods, especially very small amounts in daily use. Between 1998 (when Seagreens began in the UK) and 2012 there was a 100% increase in general media coverage about seaweed (source Lexis Nexis, 01.2012)


In the same period there was a 175% increase in the publication of scientific research papers on seaweed (source Web of Science, 01.2012.) Between 2004 and 2012 (the earliest data available) there was a 60% increase in Google searches related to seaweed (source Google Trends, 01.2012.)


There are more than 100 products in health and natural food stores, and in supermarkets, which now contain seaweed as an ingredient, and most of this is Seagreens® wild Wrack seaweed which is wild harvested in the British Isles and the Nordic region.


There has also been an increase in the import of seaweeds particularly from Japan and Korea, especially in snack foods like crunchy strips if Nori which is very tasty and contains lots of minerals.


We’re delighted that our friends at Viridian Nutrition has a number of products which contain different amounts of Seagreens® wild seaweed. They are: 

-Organic Mineral Complex
-Organic Soul Food Greens
-Organic Kelp

Seaweed for Health 2017 event


If you like to discover more, we will be holding our 5th Seaweed for Health event at the Royal Botanic Garden, in Edinburgh, on 2 and 3rd September from 12pm to 4pm. The 2017 event has been organised by the Seaweed Health Foundation and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There will be product displays, demonstrations, exhibitions, talks and workshops. More information and a video is available:

About the Seaweed Health Foundation


The Seaweed Health Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation, administered by the Seagreens Trust. It was established in the public interest to ensure three important components of a global enterprise in human food seaweed:

A forum for applied research into the health benefits of native species

Certified production of nutritious seaweed to a world class standard

Reliable information of value to supporters, consumers and industry

For more information visit:


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