Benefits of KELP
Kelps grow in underwater “forests” (known as kelp forests) in shallow oceans.
Kelp (海带) is a variety of seaweed (algae) that can be found on rocky shores throughout the world.
The plant can grow as much as two feet per day, ultimately reaching 30m to 80m, and the entire plant is used in herbology.
Kelp also makes a popular salt substitute. Because the plant’s nutrients come in a natural form, they are easily assimilated by the body. Some people called it superfood. Kelp is alkaline food. Kelp is a super source of organic iodine. The iodine in kelp is in the same form of amino acids as it occurs in the thyroid gland. So, insufficient of iodine in our body will lead to large goiters.
List of nutrients in kelp and its benefits
There is a large list of nutrients in kelp and these include over 70 minerals and trace elements, growth hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins which include iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Some of the main benefits that have been discovered are:
- Reduce the level of high blood pressure.
- Kelp has been shown to help alleviate arthritis pain
- Kelp can help to increase energy levels
- Boost immunity
- Improve liver function
- Fight against heart disease and cancer
- Suppress AIDS
- Control appetite and can help with weight loss due to its metabolism stimulating properties.
- Kelp has been used to treat thyroid problems due to the iodine in kelp which helps under active thyroids which is due to the lack of iodine.
- Helps with poor digestion, flatulence and constipation.
- Kelp kills the herpes virus
- Kelp helps to lower cholesterol levels
- Kelp helps to maintain the health of the mucous membranes
- Kelp can be used to help reduce hair loss.
- According to Compendium of Materia Medica (本草纲目) which is a pharmaceutical text written during the Ming Dynasty of China, Kelp is suitable for those who suffering from night blindness, osteoporosis, malnutrition, anemia, testicle swelling, constipation, Arteriosclerosis, chronic bronchitis, Sparse hair, diabetes, heart disease, Hyperlipidemia and high blood pressure.
- This plant has both medicinal and edible (药食同源) qualities to it.
It’s also loaded with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which makes it a superfood. It’s known to prevent the development of heart disease. It encourages the proper development of the brain and reduces dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also good for the bones, by minimizing arthritis and other joint pains. It is one of the best defenses against the herpes virus. For those who are trying to get pregnant, they may want to take in kelp. It can improve the fertility of women and even men.
Kelp products can also help take care of the liver, especially from the build-up of toxins. It can boost the level of immune system, making you less prone to serious illnesses. It can also increase your energy. Impressively, seaweeds seem to be showing promise in the treatment of certain forms of cancer, including breast cancer by lowering the production of estrogen.
Sea Kelp and Weight Loss
You can also find a kelp dietary supplement. This is because this seaweed can help you combat obesity in a number of ways. It’s one of the best foods to take if you’re in a low-carb diet. One of the effects of this diet plan is the insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals. It’s common for dieters to experience extreme fatigue or weakness. Kelp can be taken to still maintain the level of nutrition the body requires. As mentioned, it has vitamins and minerals. Moreover, you can find iodine in kelp. Iodine can actually help speed up the weight loss by optimizing the metabolic rate. It works together with the thyroid gland. When this gland functions properly, you can lose weight a lot better. You will be able to maintain a more ideal body fat. In fact, iodine is so important that you can suffer from hypothyroidism if you lack this essential trace mineral. One of the side effects of this disorder will be weight gain, which you cannot bring down no matter how much you diet or exercise. It is also highly rich in fiber. Those in a low-carb diet tend to suffer from constipation. Kelp can act as a natural laxative. It can also help get rid of the toxins and wastes in the colon, where absorption of vitamins and minerals normally happens. Remember, do not eat too much. Having some kelps in your menu regularly in more than enough.
A Blessing Food of the Sea
Fear of radiation! Recently, a lot of Americans are buying potassium iodide which considered as a defense against radiation poisoning.
WARNING: Taking potassium iodide unnecessarily will increase the potential for its side-effects.
Meanwhile, consumers are turning to Kelp tablets. Why? Because kelp is highly rich in iodine.
2nd WARNING: although kelp is a rich in iodine, but if consume TOO MUCH will lead to hyperthyroidism, which is a type of disorder. It is characterized as the overproduction of the hormones in the thyroid. A person who develops it will experience palpitation (abnormal heart beats, too fast or too slow), breathlessness, constant weight loss, fatigue, absence of menstrual period, or increased bowel movements.
Speaking of bowel movements, not a lot of people are aware that kelp is a natural laxative. One of the kelp supplement side effects therefore is loose bowel movements or even diarrhea. The latter can lead to dehydration, which is dangerous since your body lacks the necessary electrolytes to function properly.
You can also develop allergic reactions, which include the swollen lips, faster heartbeat, difficulty in breathing, and itchiness all over the body.
3rd WARNING: Pregnant and lactating women can eat, but cannot consume too much. Because too much iodine will cause developmental disorder of thyroid.
4th WARNING: Do not eat with empty stomach. Not suitable to consume too much for those who have stomach diseases.
As a conclusion, kelp is a nutrition food. It is rich in several vitamins and minerals, including B complex. The sea kelp extract has antioxidants that increase energy level and immunity. It also protects the heart and liver, as well as showing great signs in combating cancer. So, including it in your diet, good for you, but do not over.
Kombu/kelp is vegetation a deep plants under sea. Kombu is edible kelp.
It is used extensively in Japanese food for Dashi a soup stock. The good kombu is dried ‘n thick with white powder on it. Rishiri, Rausu, Hidaka Kombu are very famous in Japan.
How To Choose The Best Kelp
Reminder 1: When you are picking the best kelp in the market, make sure that:
- leaves are big and thick,
- color: dark green or purple yellowish. (it is not the brighter the better)
- no withered leaves
Reminder 2: When you see “white powder” on the surface of dried kelp, it is normal, because kelp itself contains Mannitol/mannite, a kind of plant sugar. Mannitol does not stimulate an increase in blood glucose, and is therefore used as a sweetener for people with diabetes, and in chewing gums. It also has a low glycemic index, making it a low carb food.
Reminder 3: Before consume, the dried kelp must be rinsed throughly a few times, and then soak 15-30 mins, because it contains salt. Repeat this step twice or more. Please do not scrub. Cleaning should be rubbing with hands, because kelp’s surface contains some precious substances.
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