Health Benefits of Kelp or Seaweed


Kelp or seaweed is a green marine plant that is used in various culinary applications. Kelp is called a "miracle plant" because of its huge therapeutic properties, kelp is the best natural source of trace minerals. Sprinkling a little on your food (about a teaspoonful twice a day) will provide both salt and vital trace minerals. It is also a good source of protein and a rich source of iodine and iron, iodine is important for the proper functioning of thyroid and iron is important for blood cell function.

A variety of kelp known as California kelp is not as good product for nutritional purposes; however, it is useful as a fertilizer, to enrich soil.

Nutritive Value 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

Ocean minerals, such as iodine, selenium, etc., strengthen the immune system.

Health Benefits of Seaweeds :

  • Kelps correct mineral deficiencies.
  • A good protective food, valuable in overcoming poor digestion, preventing and overcoming goiter (because it is the richest source of iodine), and rebuilding and maintaining the proper function of all glands.
  • Reported to aid in brain development.
  • Offsets deficiencies of an inferior diet.
  • Kelp helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • Beneficial for those suffering from impotence, anemia and emaciation.
  • Helps to detoxify the body.
  • Helps to increase metabolism.
  • May help in controlling obesity because it dissolves fatty wastes through the skin.
  • Seaweed bath helps maintain hormone balance for a more youthful body.

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