Laminaria digitata, a family of the Fucaceae, is a type of seaweed. Kelp is the common name for all these plants. Usually, these seaweeds grow on rocks below sea level. There are different varieties: Laminaria,
macrocystis, and cereocystis. Laminaria is found in North America on the Atlantic coast from the arctic to long Island south and on the west
coast from Alaska to California.
Polysaccharides: alginic acid (algin) as the major component; fucoidan
and laminarin (sulphated polysaccharide esters). Minerals: iodine;
calcium; potassium; magnesium; phosphorus; iron; and silicon. Total
iodine varies between 0.1 to 0.8%, based on dry weight. Raw Laminaria
kelp contains: Water 81.6; Protein 1.7%; Total lipid (fat) 0.56%;
Carbohydrate, by difference 9.6%; Fiber, total dietary 1.3%; Ash 6.61%.
Minerals (per 100g): Calcium, 168mg; Iron, 2.8mg; Magnesium, 121mg;
Phosphorus, 42mg; Potassium, 89mg; Sodium, 233mg; Zinc, 1.23mg; Copper,
0.13mg; Manganese, 0.2mg; Selenium, 0.7mcg. Vitamins: Vitamin C, 3.0mg;
Thiamin 0.05mg; Riboflavin 0.15 mg; Niacin 0.47mg; Pantothenic acid
0.64mg; Vitamin B-6 0.002; Folate, 180mcg; Vitamin A, 116IU; Vitamin A,
RE 12mg; Vitamin E 0.87mg (ate). Lipids: Fatty acids, total saturated
0.25%; Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.098%; total polyunsaturated
0.047%. Kelp also contains several essential and non-essential amino
acids, including 0.27% Glutamic acid.
- Soothing for the digestive system (demulcent)
- Stimulates digestion (digestive)
- Stimulates rapid passage through the intestines
- Remineralizes the body
- Regulates thyroid gland
- Regulates the genitals
- Promotes elimination of toxins from the intestines
- Regulates intestinal flora
- Protects against radiation and heavy metals
- Protects against cardiovascular complaints
- Stimulates blood circulation, cleanses blood vessels
- Stimulates excretion of urine (diuretic)
- Tonic for the pituitary gland (hypophysis)
- Induces menstruation
- Protects against the absorption of strontium 90
Historically or traditionally known to support the body's function and physiology in dealing with:
- Normalizing thyroid activity (insufficient thyroid activity)
- Excess weight (as a result of insufficient thyroid activity
- Reduces Fatigue, apathy, exhaustion
- Liver and spleen challenges
- Female menstrual cramps, male prostate disorders
- Menopausal complaints
- Enlargement of testicles or womb
- Mild headaches, skin disorders
- Mild accumulation of plaque in the cardiovascular system
- Digestive problems or constipation
- Inflammation of large intestine
- Over Exposed to radiation or when in close contact with heavy metals
- Weak nail, hair loss
- Involuntary contractions of the legs
- Skin Challenges
- Cardiovascular tonic
In larger doses kelp may cause accelerated heart rate and speed up thyroid activity.
In case of very high blood pressure consult with your health care professional before use.
In the 19th century, kelp was recommended for its high level of iodine.
Nowadays, iodine deficiencies can be a thing of the past if kelp or
other sea vegetables are used as frequently in food. Kelp may supply
either a therapeutic or maintenance level of iodine, depending upon the
variety chosen or amount ingested. Once the iodine level is normalized,
the body requires 150 micrograms of iodine a day, in small doses; kelp
may help supply all the body's daily needs. Additional research has
indicated its ability to support lower cholesterol levels and normalize
blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors. But kelp is also
rich in sodium, which tends to heighten blood pressure. Those who
consume excess sodium or suffer from high blood pressure should not use
large amounts of kelp, or should choose varieties with lower levels.
Kelp and other sea vegetables should be rinsed prior to use to remove
any external sea salt.