The healing power of kelp
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Kelp, healthy foodKelp is an underwater growing, brown, edible sea algae that is mainly produced in China and Japan. Kelp is also eaten in Russian cuisine. It is primarily an ideal salad vegetable. Kelp salads are a delicious and nutritious source for the body. In general it is good against fatigue and for the immune system. By eating kelp you keep ailments and diseases out of your body. Kelp has antibacterial properties, which means that it prevents the formation of pathogenic bacteria.
Vitamin K in kelpKelp is a modest source for vegetable protein but it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. 100 grams of kelp contain 63% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin K. This vitamin is sometimes prescribed in synthetic form for Alzheimer's patients, but the natural variant is even better. It helps to stop degenerative brain developments. In addition, vitamin K is an indispensable factor in bone building. In other words: it is not possible to get strong bones without vitamin K. In addition, vitamin K prevents soft tissues from calcifying in the body, it is an important regulatory agent in blood coagulation processes and it can repair the processes in tissues of the blood, the eyes, stimulate the kidneys and liver.
Vitamin B11 in kelpKelp contains many more nutritional elements. Besides vitamin K there is a large amount of vitamin B11, in Belgium and many English-speaking countries this vitamin B9 is called. Kelp contains 45% of the RDA of B11 per 100 grams. It is also known as folic acid. Among other things, vitamin B11 counteracts DNA mutation and is an additional protection factor for people with a B12 deficiency, which is mainly under the influence of medication use. Our body produces B12 itself, but synthetic medicines change the intestinal flora, which means that we no longer produce B12. B11 can take over some functions from B12.
Other vitamins in kelpPanthotenic acid or B5 contains 13% of the RDA in kelp. The same percentage applies to vitamin B2. Vitamin E contains 6% of the RDA in an ounce kelp and vitamins C and B1 are represented with a percentage of 4%. Furthermore, kelp contains 3% of the RDA of niacin or B3. That may seem like a small percentage, but it is good to know that the effect of vitamins reinforces each other, and that there is also a synergistic effect with minerals and flavonoids. Moreover, we eat much more than 100 grams of food per day.
Magnesium in kelpThere is a wonderful amount and variety of minerals in this unsurpassed sea vegetable. The most contains magnesium, namely 34% of the RDA. Magnesium, among other things, prevents high blood pressure; it can even work as a medicine in this. American research from 2009 shows that magnesium can prevent headaches. In general, magnesium is good for energy management, muscle functions and oxygen intake. Especially top athletes and people who are exhausting themselves can get sick faster due to magnesium deficiency. Eating kelp regularly can be useful if you regularly deplete your body.
Minerals in kelpOther minerals in kelp are: iron (22% RDA), calcium (17% RDA), sodium (16% RDA), zinc (13% RDA), manganese (10% RDA), phosphorus (6% RDA) and potassium (2% RDA). As you can see, the mineral percentages are even higher than the vitamin percentages. That makes sense because kelp grows in the sea and the sea is a source of all available minerals for humans. Kelp is a very healthy sea vegetable.
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Kelp against thyroid problemsThere is a large amount of iodine in kelp, so much that you could use it medicinally. Iodine is used in academic hospitals to:
- to reduce an enlarged thyroid gland
- to heal a thyroid gland that works too quickly
- remove residues of tumors after a removal of a tumor.
If you suffer from your thyroid gland you could choose to eat kelp regularly from now on; then you naturally provide enough iodine so that your thyroid can recover. The advantage of this is that you use natural iodine and not the synthetic iodine that regular doctors prescribe.