Seaweed – Aphrodisiac In History And Nutrition

Seaweed live in ocean
With just a little bit of research, you’ll find that cultures from all over the world are talking about the potential aphrodisiac effects of seaweed. The ancient Roman poet Juvenal advised on using the substance to calm down angered lovers. Shakespeare also boasted about the substance and its potentially powerful effects. In the Caribbean, a traditional drink made from Irish moss and milk is said to give off power aphrodisiac effects. Is this the case or is all this just hype?

A Quick Look At The Life Of Seaweed

Seaweed is something that came into existence nearly three and a half billion years ago and is surprisingly in 75% of the air that you breathe. What’s even more interesting is that it has been utilized throughout this time by a variety of people for varying reasons. It is a type of algae that has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Despite this, when most people think of the substance, they tend to think about people from the Far East. Well, this is understandable because people from Japan have been using seaweed since the beginning of time, but that doesn’t mean that other cultures haven’t utilized the substance as well.

For 2000 years seaweed has been used as a supportive food in the Japanese diet. It is reported that at least six types of seaweeds were used in 800 A.D in everyday cooking in Japan. In 794, Japanese people used seaweed to make what is known as nori. Nori is a dried sheet of seaweed, which is popular in sushi. Some research also suggests that seaweed has been used as early as 2700 BC in China. In 600 BC, Sze Teu wrote that in China that seaweed was made for special guests or kings. In 300 BC, Chi Han wrote a book about seaweed. In China, kelp was used in the 5th century for food. In China, Laminaria japonica (a specific species of seaweed) was imported from Japan in the 5th century.

Seaweed in a complex and delicious recipe
Seaweed as a part of a delicious, healthy and powerful recipe.

How Is Seaweed An Aphrodisiac?

When you look at it one paper, it is more than easy to see why seaweed is considered an aphrodisiac. It is low in fat and calories, rich in vitamin B1, abundant in B2, and packed with vitamin E. B1 helps fight fatigue and depression, while B2 does wonders for hormone production. Vitamin E helps one maintain a healthy sperm count by combating and fighting off free radicals in the sperm membrane. That being said, it should be noted that it can take three months of consumption before one will notice the major vitamin E benefits.