Each year, millions of tons of seaweed are harvested for industrial, agriculture and food purposes. These salt-water algae are loaded with numerous essential minerals and vitamins, including a relatively rare, but important element called iodine. They also provide gums and mucilage that have soothing and detoxifying effects. Salt-water algae and their fresh-water cousins are also great sources of complete protein. Read all about the health benefits of both salt and fresh water algae in this issue of Sunshine Sharing.