Kelp is a seaweed, known as brown algae, usually found under the water and on rocky shores. Kelp are classified as ‘Laminariales’. Kelp favors cool water. It forms stunning underwater kelp seaweed forests in shallow nutrient-rich oceans. Kelp feeds through its fronds, absorbing powerful nourishment from the sea.
Human plasma has a very similar composition to seawater. Many of the mineral elements absorbed by seaweed from the water constitute optimum nutritional supplements for the human body. These micro-nutrients and electrolytes may be missing from our diet of only land plants and no seaweed.
The super-nutritional composition of kelp assists the body in its own healing process, working holistically. Kelp and seaweed supplements are found to create a number of positive benefits in the human body, including a curative influence on diseases. These include tuberculosis, colds, influenza, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, thyroid problems, and high cholesterol. Kelp is said to aid weight loss by reducing food cravings, and kelp can help women battling the menopause. It can relieve digestive disorders, trapped wind, and chronic constipation. Kelp is also active in improving the scalp and hair growth. Homeopaths have known about kelp and seaweed for over a century for their detoxifying weight-loss benefits.
Over 70 minerals and trace elements are contained in kelp and some other species of seaweed. Kelp’s most obvious and prevalent mineral is iodine, as kelp comes from the sea and so does iodine. Iodine helps to regulate the thyroid gland by stabilizing thyroid hormone production. In turn these aid cellular metabolism, regulate metabolic rate, and maintain the strength of connective tissue.
Kelp is thought to have detoxifying properties and has been used in this way to combat cellulite, the lumpy fat found on many women’s’ thighs. Better skin and hair results from the consumption of kelp and seaweed.
Indeed they do. Kelp and seaweed are the most protective natural resources against radiation and environmental pollution, particularly heavy metals.
At a cellular level. The micro-nutrients and elements in kelp nourish the mitochondria, where cells manufacture the energy needed for cell function. Hence kelp has energy and life-giving properties. The nourishment in kelp maintains the cell membranes in their structure and function. Kelp also contains antioxidants which fight cancer and degenerative diseases associated with aging, and anti-inflammatory micronutrients which help fight inflammatory disease in the cells of the body.
Seaweed supplements normally come in a granulated or powdered form. They can be mixed into drinks or with food and are often used as a seaweed-based salt substitute sprinkled on meals.
Do you really need to ask, having heard all these health benefits from kelp? The evidence seems fairly good that kelp and seaweed supplementation may well make a significant contribution to human health and vitality.