Yes, kelp is essentially seaweed, or you could even call it algae, but don’t let that put you off adding it to your diet. This ocean plant is incredibly good for you and eating it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to chew on a lump of raw kelp. You can buy it in powdered form, which is great for adding to smoothies or a huge number of dishes. Raw kelp can be prepared in a number of ways that makes it positively delicious too. Here a just a few reasons why kelp needs to make it onto your shopping list.
Rich in Iodine and Calcium
Being an ocean product kelp is naturally high in iodine, which is great for your thyroid gland and metabolism. Many people don’t get enough iodine into their system, so kelp is a great way of doing this. It’s also a good source of calcium, which we all know is necessary for healthy strong bones.
A Natural Diuretic
Another interesting and useful function kelp has on our bodies is that it acts as a natural diuretic, so it encourages and increases the production of urine. One benefit of this is that it relieves the symptoms of fluid retention, but also it works brilliantly at flushing out your system and expelling toxins from your body.
Brimming with Minerals and Vitamins
The sheer quantity and range of minerals and vitamins that kelp contains is staggering. It has a wide spectrum of vitamins, including vitamin A, B, C, D, E and K, so you can literally boost all your vitamin levels with this one food. Also, it contains a substantial amount of magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron, all minerals that are required to keep your body healthy.
Check the Label
One word of warning before heading out to buy some of this incredible stuff; make sure you check where the kelp you buy originated from. Avoid kelp that is sourced from oceans that could be polluted. Go for kelp sourced from protected waters, like those in Norway, Canada and Iceland.