You have probably heard about Kelp supplements. It is nothing else than a type of seaweed that will help you keep your metabolism on point
What is Kelp?
Kelp (known in Europe as “Algivit”) are algae that grow in shallow waters from the Patagonia coast. They are brownish with a plain and elongated structure. Moreover, it is a source of natural Iodine.
Uses of Kelp
Like any other alga, kelp tastes like the sea due to its high vitamin and mineral content. For instance, iodine (thyroid gland regulation) and calcium (strong bones), traces elements and other nutrients like fiber. The latter is ideal against constipation and to cleanse the body from toxins and harmful substances.
Composition of Kelp
Kelp has around 30 minerals and it is rich in iodine, calcium, sulfur and silicon. Moreover, we can find other minerals like phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, copper, zinc, manganese and boron.
Some of the vitamins from this alga are vitamin C, E, D, K and the B complex.
Said elements are essential for the body, since they make up part of the bones, teeth, muscles, blood, soft tissues and nerve cells. Moreover, they catalyze many bodily reactions and they are important for the hormone production.
Due to its high micronutrient content, kelp is advised for those who have some kind of deficiency
Properties of Kelp
- Providing many minerals (specially calcium and iodine) and trace elements
- Controlling the cholesterol
- Helping to control the weight by improving our metabolism
- Decreasing the stress and fatigue
- Treating goiter because it is rich in iodine
- Cleansing and purifying the arteries
- Strengthening the nails and hair
- Treating acne and black spots when we use them as poultices
- Regulating the functioning of the thyroid gland
- Protecting against the effects of radiations and heavy metals
- Reducing the flatulence
- Dealing with constipation since they are rich in fiber
What is Kelp advised for?
Thanks to its combination of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, it is a great supplement that can provide support against these metabolic disorders:
- Common cold
- Brittle nails
- Premature sterility
Kelp also helps to lower the cholesterol levels by blocking the bile acid absorption.
Moreover, its diuretic effect can be beneficial for irritated bladder, since it helps to eliminate the harmful bacteria and reduce the fluid retention.
In addition, kelp helps to reduce the tissue inflammation apart from relieving the symptoms of rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis. This alga can also help to reduce the problems caused by benign prostate hyperplasia in men and it can strengthen the nails, prevent hair loss and regenerate the hair if the follicle is still alive.
For the Thyroid Gland
Sometimes, when we want to lose weight we try to plan our diet and exercise routine thoroughly. But if we do not manage to progress, we could be dealing with a case of hypothyroidism or a low activity of the thyroid gland.
Some of the symptoms that can occur are: fatigue, forgetting things, lack of focus, lack of libido, impotence, irritability, worse state of hair, nails and/or teeth.
Around a 80% of the iodine from the body is located in the thyroid gland. In fact, a deficiency could entail serious consequences for our health.
One of the best benefits of taking Kelp is that it can stimulate the functioning of the thyroid gland. This is specially helpful for those who suffer hypothyroidism since it enhances the metabolism.
If we want to fix this and activate the thyroid gland you can take iodine from a pure source without contaminants like Kelp. Its mineral could replace salt, specially if we suffer hypertension and we need to reduce the sodium intake.
This alga is great for women because it is rich in iron, potassium and calcium. Therefore, it will be particularly beneficial during the menstruation, pregnancy and for mothers.
Moreover, it has an excellent folic acid content, which is essential for the proper development of the fetus during the first weeks of pregnancy.
For the Skin
Kelp can prevent the loss of skin elasticity at an early age thanks to its antioxidant properties. Its mineral concentration in calcium, fluoride and magnesium as well as vitamins A, C and E will be key. Above all, they will brighten the skin, improving the regeneration of the cells that make up the skin tissue.
Kelp provides firmness to the skin, making it look younger for a longer time
How to take Kelp?
Depending on the supplement we purchase we will have to take it in different ways. For instance, if you purchased powder you can replace it for common salt. But if you bought capsules, you will probably have to take one capsule with breakfast and/or another with the main meal.
The researchers estimate that the recommended daily dose of Ascophyllum nodosum is 4600mg.
They are basically made up by two types of species:
- Laminaria digitata
- Ascophyllum nodosum
The latter is also very rich in alginic acid (20/26%), apart from the iodine that we previously mentioned. In fact, a kilo of dehydrated alga can provide up to 1200mg.
Moreover, it also contains other components called phlorotannins and ascophyllan. But the latter is the one that has a series of immunostimulating properties that can work as antiviral agents to combat infections.
At the same time, it is a natural anti-inflammatory
Side effects of a Kelp excess
- A iodine excess can cause a thyroid imbalance
- Moreover, a iodine overdose can increase the acne
- If kelp is harvested in a contaminated area, the algae can be contaminated with arsenic. This substance is deadly in high doses. Therefore, it is important to buy from a reliable brand
- You may be allergic to kelp algae or any other ingredient that contains this supplement. Consequently, you need to know what you are allergic to. If you feel any kind of allergic reaction, you should stop taking it immediately
- Kelp is an anticoagulant, so we should avoid taking it with aspirins or any other medicine to lower the blood pressure
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