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Improved Immunity and Other Advantages of Kelp

Jul 24, 2008
Kelp, or more commonly, seaweed, is found in kelp forests in the ocean where the water is shallow and clear. It is an algae that grows underwater and is famous for its ability to spread. Kelp grows 20 inches a day and can reach 200 feet long. It grows in water that is cooler than 68 degrees F.

Most kelp it made up of a body or thallus that are actually leaf-like structure called blades. Blades come from stipes which are long stem-like structures. The holdfast is a type of root that anchors the plant to the ocean floor. The American variety contains gas-filled bladders at the base of the blades that keep the leaves close to the surface.

Kelp is available in a dried, capsule, or powder form. It can be added to drinks or used as flavoring or as a salt substitute. Kelp can be added to soups, stir fries, stews, and cooked with beans or various types of grains.

Wikipedia says that 100 grams of kelp will normally contain 1.3 grams of fiber, 1.7 grams of protein, 9.6 grams of carbohydrates, .6 grams of fat, and .6 grams of sugars. They claim that kelp contains from 3% to 45% of the minimum personal requirements of 13 other vitamins and minerals. In all kelp has over 70 minerals, growth hormones, trace elements, enzymes, vitamins, and this includes potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and especially iodine.

Kelp is not only plentiful but it is also healthy. Kelp suppresses AIDS, helps to fight heart disease, and boosts the immune system. It increases body energy, helps to fight cancer, improves the function of the liver, and reduces arthritic pain.

Kelp helps control body weight because it stimulates metabolism. Those suffering from problems do to an inactive thyroid should eat kelp because of the iodine. Kelp also deals with problems of bowel gas, constipation, and poor digestion.

Kelp is used in everything from soap to dog food. A compound of kelp is a thickener used in making jelly, toothpaste, salad dressing, and ice cream. The ash is used in the production of soap and glass. Kelp kills the herpes virus and reduces hair loss. It also maintains mucous membranes in the body and lowers cholesterol levels.

Vraic is a fertilizer made from kelp. In the far east, some types of kelp are considered delicacies.

Consider taking kelp daily either as a powder in foods or as a capsule to help you keep your body systems regulated, and to provide you with needed vitamins and minerals. You can't go wrong partaking of this herb daily.
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