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Kelp, the best source of all minerals, Dr. Abhay Kumar Pati, D.Sc
By: Best Nutrition
Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, BAMS, D.Sc.
Kelp has been an essential component of East Asian diets for centuries. In fact, this diet introduced kelp into different regions across the world. The potential health benefits of kelp are wide-ranging – it can fight iodine deficiency, help with diabetes, and prevent blood clots.
Kelp, or brown algae, is found on the coasts of Korea and Japan. Kelp can have many therapeutic and nutritional benefits, as it is a rich source of iodine, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, proteins, and healthy carbohydrates. Kelp may also be helpful for blood sugar reduce blood clots, and even help fight hepatitis C and cancer cell.
Kelp is an excellent source of iodine, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium.
Kelp also contains a complex long-chain carbohydrate (polysaccharide)
Fucoidan is responsible for several potential effects of kelp, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer fighting.
Kelp is also an excellent source of vanadium, used in clinical studies to lower glucose levels in individuals suffering from diabetes type 1 and type 2 fucoidan a pigment found in brown seaweed, may also boost weight loss.
Mechanism of Action
The high iodine content in kelp supports the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4 If iodine deficiency is severe and prolonged, the thyroid gland enlarges and forms a goiter. This can also lead to a lack of thyroid hormones ( hypothyroidism)
Seaweed contains ten times as many minerals as plants grown in soil. People who eat seaweed seldom have mineral deficiencies. Kelp extract is also rich in iodine and may help contribute to healthy, younger-looking skin. Kelp has an impressive nutritional profile. Besides iodine and iron, kelp is a rich source of Vitamin K, Calcium, Folate and Magnesium.Supports Thyroid function and is rich in iodine Diabetes Control
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