The kelps generally
include the many large brown types of seaweed and are among the most
familiar forms found on North American coasts. Some have fronds up to
200 ft (61 m) long. Kelps are especially abundant in Japan, and various
foods known as kombu are made from them. They are used chiefly as chemical
reagents and for dietary deficiencies in people.
Kelp contains nearly 30 minerals. It is rich in iodine,
calcium, sulphur and silicon. It also contains phosphorus, iron, sodium,
potassium, magnesium, chlorine, copper, zinc and manganese. It has a
small amount of barium, boron, chromium, lithium, nickel, silver, titanium,
vanadium, aluminum, strontium, bismuth, chlorine, cobalt, gallium, tin
and zirconium. Kelp is rich in B-complex vitamins. It contains vitamin
A, C, E and G. It also contains anti-sterility vitamin S, and it has
anti-hemorrhage vitamin K.
Kelp is a good promoter of glandular health. It is
beneficial for hypothyroidism as it controls the thyroid and regulates
the metabolism, which helps digest food. Kelp can rebalance thyroid
metabolism, resulting in successful weight management. It is helpful
in the nourishment of the body with its ability to stimulate metabolism.
Kelp has shown the reversal of many conditions caused by a thyroid imbalance
including stomach and respiratory disorders.
Kelp has a beneficial effect on many disorders
of the body. It is called a sustainer to the nervous system and the
brain, helping the brain to function normally. It is essential during
pregnancy. And it has been shown to prevent heart diseases.