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Kelp Supplements

This text will talk about this supplement, which can bring some health benefits.This is seaweed, or marine algae, that has been used for many things in the past. Itcomes from the phaeophyceae class and laminariales order. The seaweeds are knownas very good for the human body. This was clear even for the ancient Romans andGreeks. In these times, seaweeds was used as a fodder and medicine. They can befound in most of the world and there are seven families of kelp. The locationswhere it can be found are different and so are the usages. In some, it has beenused for a meal preparation, while in others it has been used as a fertilizer. Thekelp supplements can be found all around the world today and they have severalhealth benefits we will talk about more in the following text.


This underwater brown algae can be found in shallow oceans. They have highlevels of iodine and other minerals. Kelp algae grow very fast and thesupplements are made of them. These supplements can be found in tablet,powder or liquid form, among which tablet is the most popular one. Bladderwrack, laminaria and rockweed are the most popular kelp supplements, but thereare many more available. The kelp contains protein, niacin, vitamin C, calcium,phosphorus, potassium, iron, salt and iodine. Due to these ingredients, it has beneficial effect on the curtailing weight gain, brain development,immunity, compensation of mineral deficiencies, digestion, metabolism andthyroid gland functioning. It can prevent anemia and osteoporosis and treat impotence.One of the benefits that hasn't been proved scientifically, is treatment ofhair loss. There are 43 calories in 100 g of kelp. In this quantity, 233 mg ofsodium, 89 mg of potassium, 168 mg of calcium, 0.6 mg of pantothenic acid, 0.2mg of riboflavin, 0.5 mg of niacin, 3 mg of vitamin C, 0.6 g of fat, 0.6 offiber, 1.3 g of dietary fiber, 1.7g of protein, and 10 g of carbohydrates arealso contained.

Side Effects

There are many benefits that are associated with this supplement, but there aresome side effects that we have to be mentioned. The problems which it can cause areacne outbreak, stomach irritation and thyroid problems, which are caused by thehigh content of iodine. Nerve toxicity and kidney problems can be caused by theuse of kelp supplements made from the polluted kelp. In some cases, arsenic waslocated in the kelp supplement. Other side effects include low blood sugar,reduced blood platelets count and abnormal bleeding. Also, the kelp supplementmay interact with medications used for bleeding disorders and diabetestreatment. You can see a doctor and acquire additional information about thissupplement.

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