Not many Americans use and know about therapeutic properties of seaweed (in particular, Sea Kelp from the family of Laminaria from kingdom Protista or Chromista). However, this herbal remedy and its products are quite popular in Europe. Sea Kelp is a plant which grows under sea water and sometimes reaches about 200 feet length creating beautiful kelp forests. This sea vegetable has a great nutritional value since it contains a large number of various nutrients: 60 minerals and 12 vitamins, 21 amino acids and trace elements.

Sea Kelp is the richest natural source of such element as iodine essential for normal function of our thyroid gland. Therefore, Sea Kelp products are the best for lowering the risks of iodine deficiency and all related diseases. Iodine is also vital for maintaining normal metabolism in our body. That is why in many countries Sea Kelp supplements are promoted as effective weight regulation products. Regular consumption of Sea Kelp can assist in fixing various digestion problems, relieve constipation and indigestion, as well as help us cope with the effects of stresses, depression, irritability and lack of energy.

Other numerous therapeutic effects of Sea Kelp include:

  • satisfying our daily needs in iodine and natural fiber necessary for normal function of our nerve system and normal mental activities.
  • iodine improves protein digestion and digestion of such minerals as phosphorus, calcium and iron; also, iodine stimulates the activity of some enzymes.
  • improved digestion and metabolism.
  • normalization of blood pressure, improving the levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides in our blood.
  • improved function of our immune system and thyroid gland.
  • improved mental abilities and concentration.
  • anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
  • lowered risks of atherosclerosis.
  • moisturized and improved skin.
  • lowered risks of sexual dysfunction in men and women.

Minimum daily dose of Sea Kelp is 5-8 g. If you want to try this miraculous seafood, you can prepare a salad with Sea Kelp. Take 100 g of shredded celery root, 80 g shredded carrot and 50 g Sea Kelp, mix in a small salad bowl, add some fennel and dress your salad with a bit of lemon juice and/or vegetable oil. Remember that the people who suffer from such problems as gastritis, enteritis, nephritis and neurosis, problems with pancreas, and especially pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using Sea Kelp products. Please, consult your doctor or a health care specialist before starting a Sea Kelp therapy.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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