Monday, January 19, 2009

Sea cucumbers

Sea cucumbers are recognised in China as one of the four ‘Kings of the Sea’

The sea cucumber group is related to the sea stars, and other echinoderms. Its outside is covered with hundreds of tiny feet, which have suction cups at their ends known as tube feet. It is a health food, traditionally treasured as a nutritious sea delicacy by most Asians.

Sea cucumbers are rich in the proteins, polysaccharides, Omega-3 fatty acids and marine trace minerals that provide the essential building blocks (and rebuilding blocks) that people and animals need to live long, healthy, active lives.

Sea cucumbers, also known as beche-de-mer, are delicacies, health boosters and in traditional Chinese medicine, they are considered a health panacea and are used to treat kidney disorders, constipation and reproductive problems, including impotence, purifying the blood and has the effect of lowering blood pressure.

Sea cucumbers also contain substances known as mucopolysaccharides and chondroitins, which are often lacking in people with arthritis and connective tissue disorders. In addition, sea cucumbers provide vitamin A, B-1(thiamine), B-2(riboflavin), and B-3(niacin), and vitamin C as well as the minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc.

Having sea cucumbers on the dining table during Chinese New Year is consider a high-class cuisines.

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