Kelp is a popular food source in Asia and has been used to supplement the diet for many years. Kelp is a form of seaweed found in shallow ocean waters. Kelp is a natural super food loaded with trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Most notably, kelp is a rich, natural source of iodine which can provide adequate levels to stimulate a sluggish thyroid and encourage a healthy metabolism.
A well operating metabolism is key for maintaining ideal body weight. Your metabolism, which is regulated by your thyroid gland, is the part of your body responsible for the way you use energy and burn calories; and iodine is the catalyst that jump starts the metabolic processes. The thyroid gland absorbs iodine, which is usually obtained by diet or supplementation, and subsequently releases the hormones that control metabolic function.
When diet and exercise efforts aren’t effective at controlling body weight, a sluggish thyroid may be to blame. Adequate iodine levels are mandatory for ideal thyroid function and optimum metabolic output. In turn, low iodine levels can lead to a condition known as hypothyroidism.
Kelp is rich in vitamins and minerals including iron,manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and vitamins A, B-12, B-6, and C.
The benefits of these vitamins and nutrients are substantial. B vitamins in particular are essential for cellular metabolism and providing your body with energy. Kelp has more calcium than many vegetables, including kale and collard greens. Calcium is important to maintain strong bones and optimal muscle function.
Kelp is naturally high in antioxidants, including carotenoids, flavonoids, and alkaloids, which help to fight against disease-causing free radicals.
Antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C, and minerals like manganese and zinc, help to combat oxidative stress and may offer benefits to cardiovascular health. There have been many claims regarding kelp’s abilities to fight chronic disease.
Kelp can be taken in a number of ways. As a supplement it can be taken daily with food or one of the easiest ways to incorporate kelp into your diet is to add an organic, dried variety into soups. You could also use raw kelp noodles in salads and main dishes or add some dried kelp flakes as seasoning or even blended into a vegetable juice.
So get some seaweed power into your diet and start feeling the benefits!
Per 10g serving:
All figures are approximate and can vary.
Please consult your doctor before taking any products.