Question - What are the benefits of taking kelp?

Answered by: Brian Parker  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 16-06-2022  |  Views: 821  |  Total Questions: 14

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. The benefits of sea kelp Nutrients: Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium. In fact it contains the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food - 10 times more than milk. Kelp isn't only a nutrient-dense food that's low in fat and calories. Some studies have suggested that kelp may also have a powerful effect on weight loss and obesity, although consistent findings are lacking. The natural fiber alginate found in kelp acts as a fat blocker, stopping the absorption of fat in the gut. Side effects, toxicity, and interactions Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism have been linked to too much kelp intake. This is due to its high amount of iodine. Abnormal thyroid function has also been linked directly to too much use of kelp supplements. Kelp may contain harmful metals. People with thyroid issues should not have more than an average daily recommended intake of 158 to 175 micrograms of kelp per day, Dr. Nasr says. The concentration of kelp in foods is generally not enough to cause a problem, but a kelp capsule can contain as much as 500 micrograms, he says.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4435257/

Kelp or Laminaria, one of the main ingredients in rice tea, is primarily used for weight loss and thyroid disorders, due to its rich source of iodine. 4 To our knowledge, kelp has not been shown to have a significant adverse effect on the liver.

https://www.consumerreports.org/vitamins-supplements/never-take-thyroid-supplements/

Kelp, a type of seaweed that is often marketed for thyroid health, is loaded with iodine. For example, a serving (one drop) of Liquid Kelp, a dietary supplement promoted for “Thyroid Gland Support, ” contains 800 mcg of iodine. “Most people get enough iodine from their regular diet, ” Lipman says.

https://www.consumerlab.com/news/caution-with-kelp-supplements/04-25-2017/

White Plains, New York, April 25, 2017 — Kelp supplements are promoted as a natural source of iodine, an important mineral for healthy thyroid function. To be safe, the FDA states that a kelp supplement should not provide more than 225 mcg of iodine per daily serving.

https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/beauty-news/sea-kelp-for-hair-3889

'Sea Kelp is commonly known to promote hair growth due to its naturally high iodine content which is said to aid normal thyroid function which in turn is often related to hair thinning. Sea kelp is also thought to strengthen hair and prevent breakages thanks to the vitamins and minerals contained.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-seaweed

Summary Seaweed may help reduce your cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of blood clots, but more studies are needed.

https://www.mankind.co.uk/blog/grooming-editor/what-does-sea-kelp-do-for-the-skin/

It's mineral and antioxidant rich, and is known to help soften and hydrate dry skin. Not only that, but it also helps your skin retain moisturise, keeping it hydrated for longer. It is known to reduce the appearance of breakouts. Sea Kelp contains minerals that penetrate the skin and remove toxins.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/rf-buying-guides/best-kelp-tablets-reviews

Best Kelp Tablets comparison table 1st Place. Kelp - 325 mcg of natural iodine (250 caps) 2nd Place. Solgar North Atlantic Kelp Tablets, 250 Count. 3rd Place. Nature's Plus - Kelp Tablets 300. 4th Place. Nature's Life Kelp Tablets, Icelandic, 41 Mg, 1000 Count. 5th Place. Country Life Norwegian Kelp 225 mcg, 300-Count.

https://www.seaweedandco.com/sea-kelp-versus-seaweed/

Here is the difference between these two marine plants. Seaweed is a term which can be used to describe many different marine-based species of plants and algae. But sea kelp is more specific. Sea kelp is officially labelled as a brown seaweed, even though it can vary in colour.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/kelp

25. 5 Kelp and Thyroid Function In addition, kelp extracts are available in the form of tablets in health food stores and are used as a thyroid tonic, anti-inflammatory, and metabolic tonic, as well as dietary supplement. Kelp tablets are rich in vitamins and minerals but also contain substantial amounts of iodine.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216876/

Kelp is a type of seaweed known for its rich iodine content. In some individuals, the high iodine load can result in thyroid dysfunction. Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism can be either subclinical or overt, transient or sometimes persistent.

https://www.foodconfidence.com/2017/03/30/reduce-gas-and-bloating/

Seaweed contains enzymes that break down the indigestible sugars that cause gas formation. You can also create a “seaweed tea” by boiling seaweed (like kelp or kombu) in water, then straining and drinking it as tea.

https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2011-04/nutrient-profile-iodine

Absorption and Metabolism of Iodine Some absorption of iodine through the skin appears to take place, although the vast majority of what is applied evaporates before being absorbed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelp_forest

The region with the greatest diversity of kelps (>20 species) is the northeastern Pacific, from north of San Francisco, California, to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Although kelp forests are unknown in tropical surface waters, a few species of Laminaria have been known to occur exclusively in tropical deep waters.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/

Many multivitamin/mineral supplements contain iodine in the forms of potassium iodide or sodium iodide. Dietary supplements of iodine or iodine-containing kelp (a seaweed) are also available. A small study found that potassium iodide is almost completely (96. 4%) absorbed in humans [16].