Kelp does not usually come to people’s minds as something that can be eaten which is unfortunate because it has many benefits, from weight loss properties to being a great source of calcium, iodine, iron and is a great plant-based protein source. It’s healthy benefits are why Farmasea’s Sea Veg® 100% natural whole food supplement contains brown kelp among several other healthy whole food seaweeds and sea plants. As a matter of fact, it’s is really quite interesting! Here are some fascinating facts you never knew about kelp.
There are a stunning number of kelp varieties out there
There are around 1500 different species of brown algae or kelp on our planet and some kelp can grow more than 300 feet. Two of the most popular are Kombu and Arame.
One of the easiest seaweeds to harvest
It has no roots, stems or flowers — they have blades that look leaf-like. Kelp species are easily harvested due to their surface canopy and underwater growth rate.
The most potent source of iodine
Kelp is considered the world’s most potent source of naturally occurring iodine. Some species have been known to concentrate iodine by up to 30,000 times the amount in sea water.
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Certain kinds of kelp have been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, helping reduce overall inflammation and probability of disease.
Contains several important nutrients
Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium. In fact, it contains the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food – 10 times more than milk. It’s also high in trace minerals.
In many common products
Kelp is used in toothpastes, shampoos, salad dressings, puddings, cakes, dairy products, frozen foods, and even pharmaceuticals. Algin, an emulsifying and bonding agent, is extracted from kelp and used in these products.
Kelp is actually very popular right now
The extremely popular kombucha is made from kombu. Kombucha is a quirky-tasting drink. Depending on what’s added to it, it’s best described as a sour apple cider, perhaps with vinegary notes. Kombucha is an ancient beverage that was originally consumed in China more than 2,200 years ago for its detoxifying and energizing properties. It’s essentially a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Thanks to that fermentation process, kombucha is packed with probiotics as well as B vitamins, enzymes, and organic acids.
Used in high quality seaweed supplements
Sea Veg contains brown kelp, one of several healthy seaweeds and sea plants found in the Sea Veg supplement. While kelp has many interesting uses, it’s healthy benefits stand out from all the others. If you’re looking to improve your health by incorporating more sea vegetables into your diet, Sea Veg is the perfect place to start!