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Alaria esculenta, Alaria marginata, Babberlocks, Bladder Locks, Edible Fucus, Kelp, and Winged Kelp.
Wakame is a seaweed that looks and tastes like a slippery spinach. Wakame can be used in the same ways as many other seaweeds including in soup and as an addition to green or fruit salads. When dried wakame is soaked in water it expands to at least 10 times its dried size.
The whole plant, dried and chopped
Place up to 1 oz (30 grams) of wakame in a large bowl or pan you have filled with water and allow to soak for 30 minutes. After the wakame has swollen to a much greater size, remove the seaweed from the soaking water and place on a cutting board with the stem facing you. Cut off the leaves and discard the stem (or save for use in soup stock). Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces and dip briefly into boiling water to bring out their color before use. The dried flakes may be liberally applied to most foods.
There is no doubt that eating small amounts of wakame prevents constipation. Recent research has found that some of the fibers in wakame help prevent colon cancer by providing antioxidants in addition to preventing the "fermentation" and oxidation of food as it passes through the large intestine. The fucoidan sugars in wakame are antiviral against cytomegalovirus and herpes; a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported that taking an extract of wakame prevented and reduced the severity of recurrent herpes outbreaks. Daily consumption of small amounts of the reconstituted seaweed (a tablespoon of reconstituted seaweed prepared by soaking one-quarter teaspoon of dried seaweed) may lower blood pressure. The Japanese Journal of Cancer Research reports preliminary findings that daily consumption of small amounts of wakame may be more beneficial in treating certain kinds of breast cancer in women than chemotherapy.
Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Use caution if suffering from hypothyroidism.