Kelp - A Centuries-Old Superfood!

Seaweed? Kelp? Is that good for you? Well, lots of people sure think it is!

Kelp, a type of seaweed, is full of nutrients that are considered to be beneficial to your health. It grows in underwater forests in shallow, nutrient-rich saltwater, near coastal fronts around the world. This type of sea algae is a natural source of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Naturally Botanicals - Kelp 2

People have been harvesting and gathering seaweed for centuries. Some people are just becoming aware of its reported incredible value for our health while others made it a part of their typical diet. It’s used in many Asian cuisines so you may have had the opportunity to enjoy it in dishes or as a side dish. Kelp can be eaten raw, cooked, or powdered.

Large brown algae seaweeds make up the order Laminariales and is thought to have appeared in the Miocene Epoch about 5 to 23 million years ago. There are approximately 30 varieties included under the general classification of kelp. In most varieties, the body is made of flat, leaf-like structures known as blades. Blades come out of long “stem” structures called stipes. Finally, the “holdfast” serves as the roots of kelp, anchoring it to the ocean floor.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) say that seaweed such as kelp is one of the best natural food sources of iodine, an essential component in thyroid hormone production. (1)

Kelp is now being considered a superfood as it is rich in minerals and vitamins. Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, and calcium.

Kelp is naturally high in antioxidants, including carotenoids, flavonoids, and alkaloids, which help to fight against disease-causing free radicals. In terms of nutrition, kelp contains dietary fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids. It is a rich source of vitamin B1, riboflavin, vitamin B3, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin K. The mineral wealth in it also includes sodium, boron, and manganese. Antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C, and minerals like manganese and zinc, help to combat oxidative stress and may offer benefits to cardiovascular health.

Naturally Botanicals - Kelp 1Kelp offers different nutrients than what you'd find in land vegetables because it absorbs many of the minerals from seawater and sea soil in which it grows. Because kelp’s nutrients come in a natural form, they are easily absorbed and used by the body. Kelp is also a great salt substitute. Kelp is low in fat and calories.

The benefits of these vitamins and nutrients are substantial. B vitamins, in particular, are essential for cellular metabolism and providing your body with energy. According to UCSF Medical Center, kelp has more calcium than many vegetables, including kale and collard greens. Calcium is important to maintain strong bones and optimal muscle function. (2)

Kelp is the largest source of iodine, which makes it the number one herb for supplementing iodine. Iodine is critical in supporting the hormones that are made in the thyroid gland. It is also a key component in regulating the thyroid to produce healthy hair, skin, and nails. It is essential for bone health, brain metabolism, and our energy levels. 

Kelp also produces a compound called sodium alginate. This is used as a thickener in many foods including ice cream and salad dressing.

Kelp may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:
• Boosting immune health
• Promoting hydration
• Reducing swelling and water retention 
• Strengthening the bones
• Treating thyroid disorders
• Improving metabolism
• Treating poor digestion and circulation
• Inflammation
• Arthritis
• Maintaining pH Balance
• Reducing nodules
• Promoting urination

 
If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Kelp, please visit these links: 
Green Complex by Professional Botanicals
Multi Plus by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Thyroid 3 by Professional Botanicals
Immu Cell by Professional Botanicals

Immu Guard by Professional Botanicals

Power Greens Premium Berry by NuMedica

 

 


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