"Nori" is A Precious Present from MOTHER SEA
Since a long time ago in Japan, there used to be a saying, “No doctor needed by taking two sheets of Nori a day”. Together with amino acid, providing a basic taste for Japanese cooking, Nori contains a lot of valuable nutrients, about forty including twelve vitamins.
The above saying may be on the fact that Nori covers a variety of nutrients required for human.
Vitamin A plays a role in a variety of functions for growth of the body.
Nori contains Vitamin A much more than in a typical food, spinach.
The daily requirement 500ug of Vitamin A for growing child can be taken with two sheets of Nori (about 6g), equivalent to 46g of spinach.
Nori contains as many as 12 kinds of vitamins in a good balance.
Especially Vitamins B1 and B2 of the daily requirement for an adult woman can be taken with three sheets of Nori, that is equivalent to 30g (a slice) of pork loin.
Vitamins B1 and B2 have the function to convert rice (carbohydrate) to energy. It is, therefore, quite reasonable to wrap “Onigiri” (rice ball) with Nori.
One sheet of Nori contains Vitamin C 1.5 times as much as in an orange.
Though normal Vitamin C may be decomposed by heating, the Vitamin C in Nori is heat-resistant.
About one-third of Nori in weight is dietary fiber.
Moreover, the dietary fiber in Nori is softer than those in vegetable, so that it moderately regulates the functions of the intestines.
Iron, the element of hemoglobin, plays an essential role to supply oxygen throughout the body.
Five sheets of Nori contain iron equivalent to that in 40g of beef liver or one bunch of boiled spinach. Nori is a good supplement for people who is absent from iron in his diet.
Calcium is required for generating healthy bones. A rich amount is contained in milk, eggs, and in Nori, as well.
EPA is good unsaturated fatty acid, having functions to lower blood pressure and cholesterol in blood. It is richly contained in blue-skin fish such as sardines and sauries, as well as in Nori.