Breathing in seaweed fumes on our beaches can help improve your brain power, new study finds

[UK] We’ve all taken a stroll along the coast in the fresh air to get some exercise.

But walking along the beach can also help improve your brain power.

A new study led by Professor Peter Smyth has found breathing in the fumes from seaweed benefits your health.

Iodine intake, which is essential for brain development in children, is improved by continued exposure to a seaweed-rich environment.

A study led by Professor Peter Smyth of NUI Galway and UCD compared urine samples of women and school children.

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The report, which published its findings in the Irish Medical Journal, compared the people in three different environments – the inland areas of Dungannon Co Tyrone and Mullingar in Co Westmeath, the coastal cities of Dublin, Galway and Belfast, and the seaweed-rich area of Carna, Co. Galway.

Carna, Co. Galway scored the highest results with an iodine intake of 45.6% above the World Health Organisation average in children and 43% in adults.

In both other areas in between 2% and 16% met the WHO standards.

So if you want to improve your children’s health, best get down to the beach no matter what the weather.

 

Photo: A man gathers seaweed from the beach for use in the Kilcullen Bathhouse, which has been using seaweed in baths to treat symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis for nearly 100 years, County Sligo.

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