If you've ever stepped foot in the ocean or walked the beach after a storm or at low tide, you have already been introduced to seaweed. Strewn and tangled on the shoreline or drying and decaying in the sun, it does not make a lasting first impression. However, seen growing underwater in its natural environment, waving gracefully from side to side with the movements of the currents, it is a majestic sight that's hard to forget.
For a plant with such a humble name and origin, seaweed boasts an abundant storehouse of healthful nutrients. Other than needing some sunlight, seaweeds are self-sufficient in their environment; they can absorb everything they need to sustain life directly from the seawater that surrounds them.
Scientists know there is a secret to life in the sea, although they have never been able to identify this mysterious component. However, the earth's oceans not only make up nearly 70 percent of the planet's surface, they also absorb 70 percent of the sun's energy! And much of the solar(radiant) energy is absorbed by seaweeds. That's an amazing expanse of potential energy to be investigated as a vital source of nutrients!