Sea kelp otherwise known as seaweed, contains more than 60 essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.
In countries where kelp/seaweed is an integral part of the inhabitant’s diet such as Japan, there is a history or health and longevity.
It is the richest known source of natural (organic) iodine, which is vital for the prevention and treatment of iodine deficiencies.
Iodine is important for the function of the thyroid gland which is required for normal development and metabolism.
Kelp contains magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, zinc and natural sea salt. It has the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food (10 times more than milk) and is an excellent alternative to salt.
It is high in fibre and contains protein, vitamins A, B, C and E, and beta-carotene – the later being an antioxidant that researchers believe plays a major role in cancer prevention.
Kelp has between 10 – 20 times greater nutritional value than that of land vegetables, thanks to our over-farming of foods in our depleted and toxic soil.
Seawater contains an abundance of all the minerals needed for the perfect functioning of the human body. And Kelp draws its goodness directly from it.
Kelp can be helpful in the treatment of headaches, stress, constipation, ulcers, indigestion and kidney, liver or respiratory malfunctions. It can also help with weight control and even irritability, depression and lack of energy.
Sea Kelp has a long history of medicinal uses stemming back to the ancient Greeks who used it to treat intestinal disorders and to counteract goitre.
Later it found its way into homeopathy and herbalism where it was first used as a remedy for obesity, goitre, poor digestion, flatulence and obstinate constipation. It has since also demonstrated remedial and normalizing effects on the sensory nerves, arteries, pylorus, colon, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile duct, kidneys, prostate gland, uterus, testicles, and ovaries.
Signs of iodine deficiency include low energy, low body temperature, intolerance of cold, cold hands and feet, dry skin, brittle nails, poor concentration and abnormal weight gain.
These too are all symptoms of a sluggish thyroid. Other symptoms are fluid retention, acne and eczema, memory problems, irregular menstruation, gum disease and high cholesterol and inability to lose weight.
No, you do not have to start eating large quantities of sushi! Kelp is readily available in capsule or tablet form.
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