Kelp Benefits

Kelp, also known as brown algae, is an herb that comes from deep under the sea. It is, essentially, seaweed that thrives on sunlight and takes in the host of nutrients and minerals present in the water around it. This makes kelp an interesting and necessary supplement for those seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle; indeed kelp is believed to have many benefits and serves a multitude of purposes.

Kelp is the number one herb for supplementing iodine. And being that it is a natural source of iodine it is considered to be safer and better for the body than chemical synthetics. Superstars like vitamin C, iron and calcium are always in the news and well-known for their health benefits, while iodine has been essentially ignored. But we need iodine for efficient thyroid and pituitary function. The thyroid, located in the area of the throat, is responsible for regulating metabolism and body temperature. We know that a strong metabolism is important for weight control, and so it is important for those seeking to maintain a healthy weight, or those hoping to lose a few pounds, to add kelp to the list of things that we know are beneficial to weight management: drinking lots of water, exercising on most days and incorporating a low-fat, low-calorie diet.

And adding kelp to that list will help in other ways too. As a natural diuretic, kelp is good for those troubled by water weight. Diuretics clean out the system and assist in shedding water and the toxins in the system. Kelp has other benefits as well. Kelp has been used for decades for strengthening nails and supporting hair growth. Some like to use kelp to hasten the buildup of the nail bed especially after the removal of acrylic nails, when the natural nail bed is seriously damaged. Kelp, taken orally, along with an aggressive regimen of topical protein applied to the nails supports the regeneration of the nails. Kelp is also used to stimulate hair growth as it helps to grow the hair stronger and thicker. It is because of kelp’s support of the pituitary gland and the thyroid that makes it the superhero of supplements for nail and hair health.

Kelp is more than capable as an adequate daily women’s vitamin because it is packed with other necessary nutrients such as iron, calcium and potassium. Since these are so necessary, and lost, during monthly cycles, pregnancy or lactation, women should especially take note of all the things that kelp has to offer. Because it has a natural antibiotic synthesized into it, kelp assists the body in fighting off infection, so it is especially helpful during cold and flu season, or for those who are susceptible to sinus congestion due to allergies or who have a lowered immune system. The magnesium and iron in kelp is beneficial to a healthy bloodstream as it creates a friendly environment for the growth of red blood cells. This gives us energy and helps to maintain homeostasis.

Many people are avoiding sodium in their diets, and for good reason. Sodium is harmful in a variety of ways as it is associated with heart disease and water-weight gain. But when salt first became available for seasoning food right at the table, manufacturers added iodine as a health benefit. For years kelp stayed hidden in the closet while people got their necessary iodine from table salt. But now that salt is being avoided, iodine is not as readily available and so kelp is becoming more and more favored as a healthy source of iodine. Vegetarians, and especially vegans who are avoiding dairy and animal products should be taking kelp since, healthy as these diets are, they are lacking in certain minerals and nutrients necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

Kelp comes in tablet form or can be made into a tea. It can also be found in seaweed products offered in health food stores for making salads, soups and other recipes calling for dark, leafy greens.

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Mary Margaret Stevenson 's avatar  Mary Margaret Stevenson 09/11/2014 03:17

synthroid takes awhile for the body to use it and dr's to adjust the levels, you have to get slowly used to it. They call it "titrate" - the technical term. I first got started on synthroid the smallest dose and it took them 2 yrs to get it up to 75 mcg. As the thyroid gets older and gets weaker I will probably have to have it increased but want to get off of the meds. I'm looking into it myself and will try it soon to boost my levels up but I recommend a holistic practitioner to assist. Best wishes.

Kaylee 's avatar  Kaylee 01/04/2011 02:33

What is a good daily amout? Thyroid pills helped me rapidly lose weight, however I started to have back troubles and knew others with similar pain. All of us were taking a synthetic thyroid. I got off the pill and regained my mobility. I want to start taking kelp, I was just hoping someone could recomend a daily amount. Thanks

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Chris d. 's avatar  Chris d. 11/07/2012 15:49

I am 52 and going through menopause and I felt like if I ate a grape I would gain 10 pounds!  I felt tired all the time but couldnt sleep.  I had my thryoid checked and results came back fine.  I came upon Kelp drops in an article and started using them slowly.  It said 4 drops a day.  I took 2 in morning and 2 at night.  WOW!   Not to be crude, but I think I lost a gallon of fluid in 2 days!  I felt more energenic and unbelievably IT CURBED MY APPETITE and CRAVINGS which had been out of control! 

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Karen 's avatar  Karen 22/09/2014 16:56

How can kelp help me with my hypothesis. I take synthoroid but it doesn't help well in raising my levels to Where they need to be. What I have is called Graves Disease and they basically done radiation therapy which killed off the thyroid as it was creating to much of thyroid hormone and then that made me hypo versus hyper and now I'm not producing any of the hormone but what they are giving me isn't working.

Mike 's avatar  Mike 15/01/2014 20:00

I have been taking Prevacid for years. I recently began taking kelp for other reasons. Accidentally I failed to take Prevacid for over a week and during that time I had no troubles with acid-reflux. I'm off the Previcid for good! Joan and I agree on this one!

Wmiller313 's avatar  Wmiller313 15/06/2012 23:37

I took kelp as a supplement to help with iodine intake and found that my dry skin resolved and I began to lose weight.  I read somewhere that you should take off two days a week and one week a month.

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