Kelp is fast gaining popularity as the next big ‘superfood’. Nutritionists and people ‘in the know’ tout sea kelp extract as a nutritional powerhouse that you really should include in your diet.
Kelp is full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, most notable of which are calcium and significant amounts of beneficial iodine. In addition, kelp extract has natural antioxidant properties, making it a must-have if you want to keep your body functioning the way it should.
Kelp also goes by the scientific name Laminaria Japonica, or if you are planning to look for this superfood in your local grocery, look for Kombu, or Japanese seaweed. However, if you are unfamiliar about the culinary uses of kombu, you can still get its nutritional benefits by using sea kelp extract. You might also hear it called brown seaweed extract.
Most kelp extract supplements made from Laminaria Japonica are harvested in the cold Atlantic Ocean waters off of the coast of Argentina.
Health Benefits of Kelp Extract
- Antioxidant properties
- Minimizes the risks of getting disease
- High concentration of iodine
- Helps improve thyroid functions
- Keeps skin and hair healthy
- Helps improve cardiac health
- Relief from heartburn
The antioxidant properties of kelp can help reduce the risks of getting disease. Antioxidants deter the growth and propagation of disease cells, and after some time they can eradicate them completely. A healthy diet and lifestyle supplemented by sea kelp extract can go a long way in disease prevention and boosting the immune system.
Kelp has amazing nutritional value and also has skin renewing properties. Kelp extract can help improve skin elasticity and improves collagen retention and has amazing benefits for hair as well.
The high concentration of iodine in kelp extract means that it can help improve the functions of the thyroid gland. If you need any reason to supplement your diet with kelp extract, know that iodine deficiency is one of the causes of preventable mental retardation.
Can you believe kelp extract for weight loss is gaining more and more attention? Since sea kelp extract contains a massive amount of iodine, it helps people with hypothyroidism improve their metabolism and thus assist in keeping their weight in check. Even if you are not suffering from an underactive thyroid gland, taking kelp extract can still help you lose weight more efficiently; lots of people have actually lost a significant amount of weight after they started using kelp.
Kelp contains high amounts of folic acid, which besides keeping the heart healthy, also helps pregnant mothers make sure that their unborn child stay healthy and greatly reduce the risks of developing birth defects.
These are only some of the health benefits of supplementing your diet with kelp extract, if you want to discover the other perks of this new superfood, ask your physician about it so you can try it out yourself. You might even jump start your weight loss goals!
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