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Kelp For Your Health!

Published by Eve Palmer, 3 Jun 2019

Have you heard “kelp is the new kale”?

Let us tell you why! Seaweed, and kelp specifically, is a vital superfood that many people in the West have ignored for decades. While the health benefits of this virtuous sea vegetable are vast, here are five reasons you need to know why kelp is the new kale:

  • Rich Source of Iodine 
Naturally occurring in kelp, iodine is important for balancing the thyroid system and ensuring the metabolism is working at its top functionality. Iodine is also said to maintain healthy brain activity as well as help with brain development in children.
  • Weight Loss
Kelp is one of the only foods that actually expands in your stomach! So, it leaves you feeling full and satisfied for longer. This, along with the metabolic boost mentioned above, is why kelp is often recommended to aid weight loss.
  • Anti-Inflammatory
Kelp contains Fucoidan, a polysaccharide which is known to be an anti-inflammatory. Additionally, scientists have linked it to reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.
  • Improved Bone Density 
Kelp is a great source of Vitamin K. This is a key vitamin for supporting bone density and important in helping to prevent issues like osteoporosis or arthritis.
  • Everything Vegans Need!
We say this because kelp is rich in B vitamins as well as iron. B12 is a vitamin that’s not commonly available in vegan snack products unless they’re fortified. If a person has low B12 levels, they may feel fatigued and experience brain fog. Effects of iron deficiency are similar. It’s very important to monitor these levels in order to feel like your best self!
  • Vanadium 
A naturally occurring trace mineral in Kelp, it works to balance your body’s blood sugar and handle stress more effectively.
  • Nutrient Dense
On a more general note, fueling your body and keeping it filled with all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to properly functions will allow every part of your life to flow better! Kelp is a superfood from the sea, packed full of these key nutrients.
  • Sleep
Seaweed is high in an amino acid called tryptophan. It's used by the brain to create melatonin and studies have shown that higher levels of tryptophan in the body lead to higher levels of melatonin. In other words, better sleep!
  • Omega-3s
    Found in fish, nuts, and you guessed it... KELP! Omega 3 fatty acids can combat inflammation, helping to reduce joint pain and stiffness.
    • Antioxidants
    Kelp is packed full of antioxidants. This helps protect your skin against UV rays as well as everyday air pollution.
    • Hydration
      Kelp allows your body to retain moisture and stay hydrated which will allow you to feel more energized throughout the day with glowing, flake-free skin. 

      As you can sea, kelp is truly the superfood of the sea! Kelp is also very healthy for the environment. It cleans CO2 out of the water and produces more oxygen for us to breathe! There’s an increasing number of delicious seaweed products on the market - Kelp Jerky being one of them!

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