Kelp, which is also known as seaweed, is a type of brown algae that grows mainly in saltwater (oceans). It is very large in size and can also survive in shallow water areas or watersides. Over 30 different kinds of kelp exist in nature, and they all help the underwater ecosystem function properly. Kelp does not grow singly; it grows in compact forest-like groupings called “kelp forests”. These kelp forests grow at an incredibly fast pace. In fact, a kelp forest can grow as much as 250 feet in a year! Since they are very large in size, kelp forests serve as food and shelter for lots of fishes and aquatic animals in the Pacific Coast.
Asides being an important part of the underwater ecosystem, kelp is also known for its great health benefits. Kelp can either be consumed fresh, dried or in powdered form. While these are all great ways of consuming kelp, it is more effective to consume powdered kelp because the body absorbs it faster in that form. Kelp powder helps to increase the mineral content in your body. You can incorporate kelp powder into your diet by adding it to water or mixing it with smoothies.
Benefits Of Kelp Powder
- Contains Lots Of Minerals And Vitamins
Kelp powder is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B-12, vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, magnesium and calcium. Vitamin K helps in the formation of healthy bones and also aids with the production of the protein that’s responsible for blood clots. Vitamin A ensures that you have great eyesight and also boosts the immune system.
- Contains Iodine
Iodine is an essential trace mineral that’s needed in our bodies. It is naturally found in certain foods and can also be taken as supplements. Iodine is important because it promotes healthy thyroid function in the body. Lack of iodine lead to goitre – a growth on the sides and front of the neck caused by the inflammation of the thyroid gland. Consuming kelp powder is a quick way to increase your iodine intake. Fresh kelp has a salty taste and may not be palatable to you. However, with kelp powder you can easily increase your iodine intake (add powder to water or mix with juice) without having to worry about any taste whatsoever.
While increasing your iodine intake is a great idea, it also important to note that excess iodine can be harmful to the body. Adults can only take as much as 1,100 mcg of iodine. Anything more than this could lead to health problems.
- Helps In The Formation Of Healthy Bones
Kelp contains a great amount of calcium. In fact, it is well known for its calcium content and has more calcium than most vegetables. Adults are expected to take 1,000 mg of calcium per day (Recommended Dietary Allowance). Each 100 g serving of raw kelp is made up of 168 mg of calcium, while every 100 g serving of dried kelp contains 372 mg of calcium.
Calcium helps in the formation of bones and also improves blood flow in the body.
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