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Nutritional Benefits From Kelp

Updated on August 26, 2017
A Kelp Forest
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Nutrients in Kelp

Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Panthothenic acid, Folate, Vitamin C,E,& K, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Zinc. High in sodium.

Health Benefits of Kelp

  • The vitamins and minerals that are in kelp are good for your bones, your skin, your eyes, and your teeth. It also can help with keeping your organs healthy, as well as muscles and kidneys functioning properly.
  • It has been said that kelp is good for stress relief, lowering blood pressure and for preventing heart attacks.
  • Eating kelp and products made with kelp is a great way in which to boost your energy.
  • It stimulates metabolism helping to control body weight.
  • Healthy for liver function.
  • Preventative for osteoporosis.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Is beneficial for the joints and reduces arthritic pain.

What is Kelp and what is Seaweed

Many people think that kelp and seaweed is the same thing. Kelp is specifically from a group called Laminariales, which is a large seaweed, and part of the brown algae group.

Definition according to Webster's Dictionary


  1. Any large brown seaweed
  2. A mass of large seaweeds


  1. a mass or growth of marine plants
  2. a plant growing in the sea; especially : a marine alga (as a kelp)

Pros and Cons of Kelp

Kelp is a natural source of iodine, however consuming too much kelp can lead to iodine toxicity.

In Japan there are less women that have breast cancer and this could be due to having seaweed/kelp in their diet.

Kelp is rich with sodium alginate, which helps to not only protect the body from radiation but will help to also remove it.

Where Kelp and Seaweed Grow in the Sea

Kelp requires nutrient rich water, and will grow in shallow water where the temperatures are below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It will float in the water as it contains air filled bladders.

Seaweed can grow anywhere from the equator to the poles.

Where can fresh kelp be purchased?

Kelp can be found in most Asian food stores, natural health food stores or purchased online.

Dried kelp and kelp powder can be purchased at most health food stores.


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Cooking with Kelp

Add kelp to dips, soups, stir fry, salads and sauces.

Kelp noodles require no cooking. Open the bag, rinse and either eat as a snack or add the kelp noodles to any dish you want to.

Kelp Supplements

Whenever adding supplements to your daily diet you should discuss it first with your doctor or health care provider.

Only take the recommended dosage. You can overdose on kelp and could end up with arsenic poisoning.

There is a chance that kelp supplements may interfere with prescription medications causing them not to work as well.

Some people may have an allergic reaction to kelp, which could cause:

  • rapid heartbeat
  • itchy skin
  • swelling of the lips and or tongue
  • diarrhea

Kelp supplements are sold in powder, tablets, capsules and extract.

Kelp Meal

Using kelp meal in your garden will aid in growth and give your plants large and healthy roots. Use as a preventative to fungal problems.

Kelp for Animals

Kelp is healthy to add to your pets' diet. It is good for their digestion health and for their skin and coats. Many people that have livestock will add kelp to their feed.

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