Sea vegetables: kelp

I’m all for finding ingredients that are economical but have heaps of bang for their buck.  Kelp is one of those great things to add into your diet, as long as you can source it from clean waters – read the label and do your research, as some brands of kelp contain high levels of arsenic!

A quick google search on kelp comes back with a number of different health benefits including the following:

  • It has over 70 minerals;
  • It’s high in iodine;
  • It’s anti-inflammatory;
  • Also contains zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and other trace mineral and elements that we know even less about (some of which, prior to writing this, I’ve never even heard of).
  • Soothing and cleansing effect on digestive tract.

Unlike some of the other sea vegetables, it has a mild taste so can be cleverly disguised in your children’s food with a little imagination.  You could try sprinkling it onto oven fries and adding to soups, rice, and smoothies.

I like what Natural News has this to say:

One of the main benefits of kelp is its high content of iodine which is a mineral that is essential for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism. If there is not enough iodine in the diet, the thyroid is forced to work harder than it should have to, eventually becoming enlarged. This syndrome is called goiter.

Kelp is a natural and healthy alternative to salt, as it has a salty taste. It is especially important in terms of women’s health as it is rich in iron, potassium and calcium – all useful for women of all ages, during menstruation, pregnancy and for nursing mothers.

Health Post or Health House in New Zealand is a great place to purchase if you’re from around these parts.

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