If you’re concerned about:
- support for balanced thyroid function
- detoxification of body tissues
- fluid retention
- or you’re just looking for more nutrition in your food…
…consider kelp, nature’s gift from the ocean. Kelp includes many varieties of large brown seaweed that have thrived for millennia on the abundance of minerals and other nutrients found in our oceans, converting them to bioavailable organic forms which are more easily assimilated by our bodies.Kelp has a long tradition in cultures worldwide as a staple food source and medicinal herb.
Kelp grows in massive underwater forests in shallower parts of the world’s oceans. These forests are among the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on our planet, growing tens of metres in length in the ocean wilderness. Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is kelp native to northern hemisphere coastlines. Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and common kelp (Ecklonia radiata) are two New Zealand kelp species. In New Zealand, we protect our kelp forests, only allowing kelp that detaches during storms to be hand-harvested.
This amazing sea vegetable provides a rich and balanced source of essential vitamins and minerals. Marine kelp is a good natural source of iodine, the trace mineral needed for healthy thyroid function because it is essential for the production of thyroid hormones.
Thyroid function regulates metabolism including how efficiently the body metabolises food into energy. Supporting thyroid function with a sufficient intake of kelp, providing iodine, may help to manage weight by balancing metabolism.
Studies have shown that the substances fucoxanthin and fucoidan found in kelp may support balanced gut flora and fat absorption respectively. These effects help with weight management as well and nourish general wellbeing.
Another compound found in kelp is alginate. This contributes to the fibre content of kelp. It may help to bind and excrete toxins and heavy metals. It also may be soothing and supporting for healthy mucous membranes. As all fibre does, it may help to balance regular bowel function too.
Due to its high mineral content kelp may contribute to fluid balance in body tissues by supporting excretion of excess fluid. At the same time, the mineral content in kelp may also help to balance electrolytes in body tissues.
Because of kelp’s nature to absorb nutrients and substances from its environment, it is important to use a product that is tested for heavy metals and radioactive contamination.
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