Kelp is a Green Algae commonly found in shallow warm oceans. Commonly referred to as Sea Kelp it offers many benefits. I first heard of Kelp on Dr. Oz for helping remove cellulite. After adding it to my daily supplements I have been pleasantly surprised by its other benefits of stabilizing my weight.
Human plasma has a very similar composition to sea water. Many of the mineral elements absorbed by seaweed from the water constitute optimum nutritional supplements for the human body.
What are the Main Health-Giving Properties of Kelp?
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. 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. (See article)
Kelp also contains iron, sodium, phosphorus and calcium, as well as magnesium and potassium. Kelp is a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus amino acids. Kelp also makes a popular salt substitute.
You can Purchase Kelp as a supplement or cook it fresh. Here is a link to purchase the NOW brand capsules.(Click Here) If you would like to prepare your own fresh kelp, this article will help you get started. (Click Here)
Other benefits of adding Kelp to your diet – helps with:
- brittle nails and hair
- dry skin
- weight gain
- increased blood cholesterol levels
- cold hands and feet
- poor concentration and memory
- enlarged thyroid gland
- kills herpes virus
- hair loss
- poor digestion