Kelp, properties, uses and benefits. Image: iktor Kochetkov – Shutterstock.
Kelp is the name given to various groups of seaweed that, thanks to their high content of vitamins and minerals, are used as a dietary supplement and provide great benefits to those who consume them, improving metabolism, facilitating digestion and even used to lose weight. A real superfood !
These highly nutritious algae form a perfect complement to any diet, as they can contain even ten times more minerals than vegetables and fruits or any land plant.
Kelp is found in shallow waters around the world and has a greenish-brown color. Eastern countries, especially Japan and China, are the largest consumers of this plant.
Health benefits of Kelp.
Thanks to their high vitamin content, these algae provide many health benefits.
It is a source of minerals such as calcium and iodine and vitamins K and E that give it antioxidant properties, being one of the most complete natural supplements for the human body.
- It is often used as a hunger suppressant, especially recommended for people who are on a weight control diet as it speeds up metabolism and also has the property of expanding in the stomach providing a feeling of fullness.
- The amino acids it contains also benefit digestion, as they are responsible for regulating all metabolic processes as well as optimally storing the nutrients in food.
- Likewise, fiber and algin, other of its components, act as digestive and antidiarrheal agents, stabilizing intestinal activity, as well as helping to control flatulence, avoiding gas and preventing constipation.
- Seaweed also has the property of regulating cholesterol levels in the body, maintains constant blood pressure and is recommended for patients with cholesterol problems.
- Kelp is recommended to clean and purify the arteries as it has anticoagulant effects, at the same time it regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland and protects from the adverse effects of heavy metals and radiation, helping to purify the body of these toxins.
- It is often used to reduce stress levels as it provides a naturally relaxing effect and is a good treatment against general fatigue.
Cosmetic uses of Kelp.
Seaweed not only serves as a vitamin supplement, being a great source of nutrients, it benefits the regeneration of various parts of the body, it also provides vitality and energy.
The nutritional properties of Kelp are used by the cosmetic industry, many makeup products or facial creams include it among their components, these are recommended for those who want a deep nourishing effect as it revitalizes the skin.
Likewise, its high content of vitamins K and E prevent aging and the appearance of wrinkles, avoiding the formation of free radicals, chemicals that age the body, keeping the skin fresh for longer.
They are effective in treating acne, in which cases it is recommended to use it as a natural facial mask, as it will act directly on the affected area and eliminate blackheads and fat accumulations.
Its vitamins also regenerate the fragile tissues of the body such as nails and hair, giving them greater hardness, vitality and shine.
Kelp seaweed is easily accessible, can be found in pharmacies or health food stores, comes in different presentations and it is up to the user to choose the one that suits them best.
The most common form of consumption is Kelp capsules that are sold as a vitamin supplement and hunger suppressant, it is recommended to take one tablet at least one hour before each meal to obtain the desired effect.
They are also available in powder, in that case it is advisable to use it in meals as if it were regular salt and they work as a substitute for it.
For use as a facial mask, it is suggested to mix the Kelp with clay and water to form a cream with a pasty consistency, which should be applied to the face like any cosmetic product for about 20 or 30 minutes and then removed with water.
If you want to use it as a natural cleanser, it is advisable to add a tablespoon of the seaweed powder to a cup of boiled water, let it rest overnight and you should consume three cups of this infusion throughout the next day.
Kelp adverse effects.
Although kelp algae are natural and rarely produce negative effects on health, excessive consumption can have certain adverse results in the body, so it is important not to exceed the indicated dose.
The consumption of this plant is not recommended for people who suffer from problems with the thyroid, since one of its functions is to stimulate this gland which could, in these cases, produce an imbalance in the metabolism.
Remember to consult with your specialist doctor whenever you are going to incorporate a new food or supplement to your diet.