Hijiki (Heejiki) – the dried seaweed products
has many minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, and Sodium just like other seaweed products those are wakame and konbu.
Especially, Hijiki has the largest amount of Calcium than the other seaweeds.
Compared to konbu, Hijiki has twice as much Calcium.
Calcium works with Magnesium, and it makes bones and teeth stronger, prevents osteoporosis, and relieves stress.
Iron in Hijiki is 550 times more than in milk. The cure for anemia!
Iron is difficult to absorb. Usually, you should eat an amount a few times more than what recommended. But, if you cook with other vegetables and eat together with iron-rich foods, vitamin C in the vegetables helps absorption of iron into your body. Then, you don’t need to eat much.
The fiber in Hijiki is five times more than in Gobo. The intestines start working well, and it is good for constipation. Hijiki is delicious food for women.
Also, Hijiki has a considerable amount of Zinc.
Zinc is right for your taste buds and sense of smell. And it helps your scars to heal faster.
Also, Hijiki is low calorie and low fat. It is suitable for losing weight in a diet.
You may think it is too much work to cook Hijiki, but you actually need to put Hijiki in water for 30 min. After that, you cook it in water, and you can store it in the refrigerator for a few days.
Now, you can julienne lettuce and cucumber and mix them with Hijiki. Put your favorite salad dressing on it. It will be an effortless salad day!
Also, if you cook Hijiki with Soy, Abura age (fried Tofu), meat, vegetables (which I will introduce here), those ingredients nutrition complement each other and offers better nutrition in your food. Takikomi Gohan rice, and Sunomono (like pickles), etc.
It is better to eat a little bit every day.
Hijiki grows in winter to spring on the rocky beach. It is not usually eaten raw. Cook it in water or steam first then dry it.