Latin Name : Ascophyllum nodosum
Kelp, a type of seaweed that grows in colder ocean regions, relies on the sun for development. Shallow, coastal waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are primary sources of this nutrient-rich plant. Kelp contains notable amounts of: iron, manganese, calcium ,magnesium, copper, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, vitamins A, B-12, B-6, and C.
Because it absorbs the nutrients from its surrounding marine environment, kelp is rich in:
- trace elements
Its benefits include :
- Great Source of Iodine
- Helps You Lose Weight
- Helps with Some Blood-Related Disorders
- Natural Anti-Inflammatory
It is best to use 1 teaspoon per day mixed with any food or recipe. Kelp powder can add a powerful nutrient boost to smoothies, and it also goes well mixed in salad dressings or sprinkled on top of vegetables. Add the powder in soups, stews, or savory side dishes. Mix it with other seasonings and incorporate it with your favourite recipes.
The most common side effect caused by kelp is an overdose of iodine.
Kelp contains laxative properties. Hence, an excess intake can cause side effects like diarrhea, heartburn and dehydration.
Kelp can slow blood clotting and possesses anti-coagulant properties. This can increase bleeding in the gums and urinary tract even in case of a minor injury or trauma. Kelp could also interfere with blood clotting and cause excess bleeding during a surgery or after.