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Health Benefits of Seaweeds or Kelp

Seaweed or Kelp also called a “miracle plant” is a green marine plant that is used to enhance the flavor of many dishes. In Japan, for example, seaweed makes up 25% of all food in the diet. Today, seaweed is also a popular ingredient in some skincare and weightloss products.

 Health Benefits of Seaweed or Kelp:

  • Seaweeds correct mineral deficiencies. Sprinkling a little dried seaweeds or kelp on your food (about a teaspoonful twice a day) will provide both salt and vital trace minerals.
  • Seaweeds are good source of protein and iron which is important for blood cell function.
  • Seaweeds were reported to aid in brain development.
  • Seaweeds helps to detoxify the body.
  • Seaweeds helps to increase metabolism.
  • Seaweeds may help in controlling obesity because it dissolves fatty wastes through the skin.
  • Seaweeds bath helps maintain hormone balance for a more youthful body.
  • Seaweeds are a rich source of iodine. The thyroid gland needs iodine to make the hormones that regulate body metabolism and regulate many other bodily functions.
  • Seaweeds have a higher proportion of essential fatty acids than land plants.
  • Seaweeds have high fiber content, making up 32% to 50% of dry matter. Soluble fibers have beneficial effects on the digestive system, cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels.
  • Seaweeds are good source of calcium; for example, an 8g portion of dried kombu provides much more calcium than a cup of milk.
  • Brown seaweeds (kombu or wakame) contains polysaccharides called fucoidans. Fucoidan is said to possess remarkable bio-defense qualities, which may inhibit the growth of certain tumors.
  • Seaweeds can assists in maintaining the acid/alkaline balance in blood, lymph and cells.
  • Seaweeds most dramatic use is its ability to neutralize heavy metal pollution and radiation in the body.
  • Seaweeds contain large amount of lignans, plant compounds which act as a weak estrogen and along with magnesium may help restore normal sleep patterns and reduce hot flushes.

Nutrient Content of Seaweeds: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A: 2 I.U.
  • Niacin: 5.7 mg.
  • Calcium: 1,093 mg.
  • Iron: 100 mg.
  • Phosphorus: 240 gm.
  • Fat: 1.1 gm.
  • Carbohydrates: 40.2 gm.
  • Protein: 7.5 gm

Nutrient Content of Nori or Laver : Per ½ cup serving

  • Vitamin A: 5,200 I.U.
  • Iron: 2mg
  • This type, however, contains smaller amounts of magnesium and calcium than kelp does.
  • Protein: 6g
  • Calories: 40

Side Effects of Seaweeds: Some seaweeds supplements can cause health problems. High doses of kelp tablets can set off an outbreak of acne. The high iodine content can cause thyroid disorders; varieties containing iron can provoke iron overload.

“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @22:18”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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