Sea cucumbers are marine animals of the class Holothuroidea that are used in various kitchens, both fresh and dried. They are a rich source of crude protein and contain a number of bioactive and anti-active substances, such as triterpenic glycosides, enzymes, amyloses, fatty acids, and cytotoxins. In traditional Chinese medicine, sea cucumber is used to treat fatigue, impotence, constipation, frequent urination, and joint pain. It is also a rich source of chondroitin sulfate, commonly used for arthritis.
Sea cucumbers may be recommended as a medicinal food with therapeutic functions during and after the treatment of certain tumors. Certain natural compounds in sea cucumbers help inhibit cancer progression through apoptosis (programmed cell death) due to cell contraction and morphological changes. Protein-rich foods, such as sea cucumbers, may be especially beneficial for people with diabetes who seek to control their blood sugar levels. If you bought dried sea cucumber, the guts were most likely removed (if not, you'll have to do it yourself).
Both fresh and dry forms are used for cooking, although their preparation is complex because their taste is completely insipid and bland. Due to the delicate texture of the sea cucumber, it should be added at the end of the recipe so that it does not fall apart during cooking. Return the sea cucumber to a bowl of fresh water and remove it when it has doubled in size and is soft, which could take another day or two. Sea cucumbers provide an impressive amount of nutrients and beneficial compounds, including proteins, antioxidants and B vitamins.
Although sometimes sold fresh, sea cucumbers most often dry immediately after harvest, known as meche-de-mer or repang, and require rehydration before cooking. Sea cucumber is sold dry and frozen and must be boiled before adding it to sautéed and stewed dishes.In conclusion, sea cucumber is a delicacy in Asian countries that is used in soups and other dishes. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various ailments such as fatigue, impotence, constipation, frequent urination, and joint pain. It is a rich source of chondroitin sulfate which is commonly used for arthritis.
Sea cucumbers are also a rich source of crude protein compared to most seafood used until now. They contain a number of bioactive and anti-active substances such as triterpenic glycosides, enzymes, amyloses, fatty acids, cytotoxins etc., which may be beneficial for people with diabetes who seek to control their blood sugar levels.