With the looks of a plant, this green “Seaweed” is an alga, powered by photosynthesis, that grows collectively in kelp forests. Such forests are largely found in, but are not limited to, North American saltwater and the Pacific coast. Various forms and varieties grow on coastal fronts all over the world. It is widely consumed in Asian countries, especially in Japan.
They act as food and shelter of the aquatic fauna while also enhancing the beauty and functioning of a healthy marine ecosystem. It’s rich composition of Vitamin K, Vitamin A and B12, plus minerals, makes it beneficial for us. Additionally, the presence of calcium and iron facilitates bone-blood health and iodine supports cognitive health. Kelp and its extracts favor the functioning of the eyes, support thyroid hormone production and efficient platelet generation. Sodium alginate is another component extracted and used as a thickener for foods.
Kelp is friendly inside-out. A completely unprocessed ingredient, post-purity test, it can be added into beverages and meals. Kelp consisting of less than 225 micrograms of iodine is fit for consumption. Low fat and calories make it a healthy and light option. The carotenoids and flavonoids present help reduce internal/external inflammations. Moreover, it is famous for topical usage as it is skin-friendly. It moisturizes, heals, reduces redness, relaxes the skin with its cooling and antioxidant properties. Dried powdered supplements, capsules, sheet masks and fresh products are available easily. Further research is on to verify its usage for maintaining gut and blood sugar functions.
Excess of anything is harmful and a balanced consumption is critical for good health.
Check with the doctor to avoid over-dosage. Please comprehend the amount fit for your consumption as per your medical history/requirements.