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Kelp is the kind of very big algae that can grow up to 80 meters in length. Kelp often inhabits the areas of warm waters and grow very quickly. This seaweed has been used for making the soaps and for the glass production but the latest researches have shown that there are a lot of healthy substances found in help such as the minerals and vitamins.

The health benefits

Usually, the beneficial ingredients of kelp are processed for the needs of the market and one could come across them in the form of powder and the medications which are meant to be consumed orally. At this point, it is good to mention that the three types of kelp are most likely to be found in the medications, and those are rockweed, laminaria and bladderwrack. It is good to know that kelp is used only as the addition to the diet, although it has nowadays become more popular in both, culinary and medicine.

Health benefits for thyroid gland

So, already mentioned beneficial nutrients in kelp, the minerals (for example, iodine, potassium, magnesium, iron) and the vitamins (A, B, C, D, E and K) are, of course, the reason why this algae is so popular in treating and preventing some health problems. For instance help is used for curing the disorders and diseases associated to the thyroid gland since it is very rich in iodine. And the intake of this mineral maintains the normal activity of this gland, and that is, by making the hormonal unions in it.

Other health benefits of kelp

Also, kelp could be effective in treating the conditions related to the overactive or under active pituitary gland, or as more commonly called, hyphophysis. This gland plays a great role in the growth of an individual and the improper working of it leads to some serious health problems. But, maybe the most important characteristic of kelp is the one of balancing the level of acid (the ph level) in the organism and that is why it is effective in dealing with the problems of prostate and pancreas, and can even slow down the advancing of tumors. Other than that it also cleans the blood from the cholesterol, reduces the hypertension and encourages the immunity to be more powerful and so on.

The possible negative following effects of kelp

It is important to point out that, naturally, some people may experience an allergic reaction while consuming kelp, but, the more usual side-effects are the urge for vomiting, itching, the problems with inhaling and diarrhea. Another problem is that, nowadays, there is a lot of toxic waste in the seas where the kelp are collected. Besides all that problems help shouldn’t be combined with the consumption of the medications for hypertension.

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