If you wanna help it, Kelp it!

It is large seaweed and belongs to the brown algae family. Kelp grows in a habitat of shallow coastal waters and grows quickly. It is a popular dietary supplement and is used as a vegetable. It has been an essential component of East Asian diets. It has several vitamins, minerals, other organic substances and is a rich source of dietary fiber. Its nutritive value is enormous.

Nutrition: There are different types of kelps and their nutrient profile may vary greatly. It is an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, iodine, and potassium. It also contains a complex chain carbohydrate called fucoidan. It is also an excellent source of vanadium, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and fibers.

Kelps are healthy:

How do they do it?

1. Excellent source of protein: It is beneficial for boosting amount of protein in the body as it contains more than 15 various amino acids. Proteins are very beneficial for the body.

2. Has anti-inflammatory property: It contains a huge amount of anti-oxidants which might help to get rid of inflammation. Fucoidan a component in kelp was tested on a rat model. It alleviated the inflammation in brain and spinal cord cell study. It even prevented neuron loss.

3. Might improve blood flow and RBC production: A test conducted on rats showed that fucoidan infusion alleviated the clotting in bleeding rats. It’s supplement also alleviated the activity of blood clotting in mice.

4. Kelp is an antioxidant: Kelp is an excellent source of anti-oxidants. Fucoidan has anti-oxidant properties and hence has the potential to be used as a natural anti-oxidant.

5. Excellent source of iodine: Iodine is a vital nutrient for our body and its deficiency might lead to varieties of problems like hypothyroidism and goiter. Kelp contains a huge amount of iodine and is considered the world’s most potent source of naturally occurring iodine. Iodine promotes the healthy growth of the babies, helps support a healthy thyroid even helps maintain a healthy brain.

6. Might promote bones health: Kelp is rich in vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for the body as it helps in creating denser bones. If anyone on antibiotics lately, you might need to increase your vitamin K intake to avoid vitamin K deficiency. Kelp may provide almost a quarter of a daily requirement of vitamin K. Low molecular weight fucoidan also helps in the development of bone health.

7. Might aid weight loss: Kelp has fat blocking capacity as it contains natural fibers in it like alginate. A study published in Food Chemistry found that alginate could help block fat absorption in the intestines by 75 %. A study of xanthigenis a type of kelp has shown to reduce weight in 151 non-diabetic obese women.

8. Blood sugar control: Kelp is a source of vanadium. Vanadium is a trace mineral that enhances insulin signalling and blood sugar balance. Oral vanadium supplements given to 14 type 1 diabetic patients for 30 months alleviated fasting blood sugar levels by 30%. Powdered seaweed pills alleviated sugar levels in a study of 20 subjects with type 2 diabetes taken daily for 4 weeks. It alleviated post-meal blood sugar levels, serum lipid levels etc.

Words of Caution!

Excessive kelp means excessive iodine these might lead to thyroid hormone imbalance.

Kelp plants carry the risk of heavy metal poisoning, so be careful while using it.

Might show an allergic reaction.