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The health benefits of Seaweed

Updated on April 6, 2015

Natur's Secret

Nature's Secret to helping us achieve balance doesn't grow on a field or within the forest. In originates in the deep waters of our oceans and lakes.

Kelp is the general term for many different seaweed species, more specifically belong to the brown algae family in the order of Laminariales. It is growing in the oceans of the world making up large kelp forests. It is usually found in colder oceans where the water temperature ranges between 43-57 F. The kelp plant is made of blades (resembling a leaf), stipes (resembling stems), and holdfasts (resembling roots). The plant grows very rapidly, some species up to half a meter per day. Some can get as high as 80 meters. Kelp is the home of many marine animals and even some birds. But the highly-nutritious brown algae doesn't just benefit animals. Even humans can profit from it.

Kelp contains many important minerals

Kelp is an excellent source of essential and important trace minerals. Unfortunately, there aren't many food sources that provide us with natural trace minerals at the levels our body needs them. Kelp also contains ultra trace minerals which some of them we have probably never heard of. Nevertheless they are the ingredients that could make the difference in our health.

As a matter of fact, minerals also known as alkalines neutralize body toxins and prevent excess buildup. The minerals contained in seaweed are sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chlorine, sulfur, phosphorus, iodine, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, molybdenum, fluoride, manganese, boron, nickel and cobalt.

Seaweed is extremely high in calcium making it a very healthy alternative to milk and cheese, especially to those that are dairy intolerant. Kelp is also very high in iron. Iron is a very important mineral which supplies our cells with oxygen. Insufficient amounts of iron in the blood can lead to chronic fatigue.

Kelp also contains important vitamins such as A, B, C, D, E and K plus folic acid. It also contains phytonutrients and fatty acids.

High amounts of protein

Proteins play an important part in balancing our health. They are responsible for the health of our muscles, organs and the blood. People that participate in athletic activity do need protein, preferably protein from natural sources. Kelp provides althletes a healthy amount of protein and an extra kick of energy. In addition, certain proteins such as albumin distribute vitamins, minerals and hormones throughout the body aiding in the internal balance.

Since a lot of protein comes from animal sources, kelp is a perfect protein source for vegetarians or those individuals who don't consume enough protein from meat or fish. Kelp, the brown seaweed contains about 15-20% of protein.

With the discovery of bluegreen algae at mineral-rich lakes in Washington research has shown us that this kind of seaweed contains even more protein. It is considered a superfood, and many people have rejuvenated their body thanks to bluegreen algae and some minor lifestyle adjustments.

Balancing Ph Levels

Kelp has a very cleansing and balancing effect on the body. The many different but important minerals contained in Kelp and even Super Bluegreen Algae produce an alkalyzing effect. This means they neutralize acids aiding in the elimination process of body toxins. What does that mean? The fewer body toxins we carry around, the more nutrients can be absorbed. Our organs can work more optimally again. Every single cell will benefit from a toxin-free body as it can regenerate and revitalize our body. It won't only affect our physical but also our emotional health.

Kelp also contains anti-cancerous properties. A California study confirmed that women who incorporated seaweed into their diet would reduce the chance of developing ovarian and breast cancer.

Getting sick from eating seatweed

There is always a concern that seaweed could cause liver poisening through the ingestion of polluted seaweeds. If you pick your own bluegreen algae you could possibly run into that problem especially if you don't know how polluted the water is. But just because you pick your own algae doesn't mean you will get sick. Instead you could benefit from its alkalzing and nutritious effects. If you want to benefit from the vitalizing effects of Kelp it is best to purchase it from a manufacturer who can guarantee a clean and nutritious product. Last but not least it is bluegreen algae that will help you remove other poisons and metals from your body that we accumulate through unhealthy lifestyles. The regular consumption of seaweed fills the nutritional gap, helps remove metals and rids the body of acidic waste.


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