Kelp is the generic name given to several species of seaweed and algae.
It is an excellent source of minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and iodine.
Historically Kelp has been used to treat a range of conditions, not least certain thyroid disorders, such as weight control and immune dysfunction.
Kelp is rich in iodine, and iodine is believed to help stimulate the production of thyroid hormones and speed up a lazy metabolism, thus helping to regulate body weight, as well as strengthening the immune system.
Iodine is also indicated as a natural antibiotic, and thus traditionally Kelp has been used in the prevention and treatment of certain infections, especially those caused by streptococcus bacteria, most commonly sore throat and minor skin infections.
Being an alkaline food, and a ‘cold’ food in traditional Chinese medicine, Kelp is also said to help with gut-related issues like acid reflux, flatulence, indigestion and heartburn.
Some herbalists even promote Kelp in the prevention of stomach ulcers.
But whatever your reasons for including this marine superfood in your diet, you can be sure of one thing: it contains a plethora of good health benefits.
For further information on the properties and use of Kelp we suggest you consult a qualified nutritional, herbal or medical practitioner.