Home Remedies - Kelp or 'Seaweed' (Fucus versiculosus) - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Kelp, also known as bladderwrack, has been part of the Japanese diet for over 2000 years in sushi, noodles, soup, medicine, etc. Kelp is one of the highest sources of minerals and vitamins - it contains over 30 essential minerals and vitamins! It is especially high in natural iodine plus all the cell salts that are so important to the proper function of the body, especially the thyroid. Kelp should be good for everyone due to it's strengthening effect to the entire body!

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What can kelp do?

  • Kelp is used to strengthen the glands - adrenal, thyroid, pituatary, endocrine. 
  • It controls the thyroid and regulates metabolism
  • It is a sustainer to the nervous system and the brain
  • A terrific boost for pregnancy and the developing child
  • It supports the nervous system
  • Helpful for weight loss by raising the metabolism and burning excess calories.
  • Kelp is beneficial for hair, skin and nail health
  • Excellent for gut health - obesity, poor digestion, flatulence, and obstinate constipation

The micronutrient values of sea vegetables greatly exceed those in soil based crops. More importantly, their trace minerals are in organic forms the body can readily absorb and use. Kelp is known to contain many vitamins, chelated minerals and essential amino acids (chelated means that bound with a protein ion and in a form that can be absorbed easily and directly by the body). Because of its natural iodine content, Kelp has a normalizing effect on the thyroid gland. In other words, thin people with thyroid trouble can gain weight by using kelp, and obese people can lose weight.

Studies show that the intake of kelp in Japan is partly responsible for the country's dramatically lower breast cancer rates, as well as the presence of less obesity, heart disease, respiratory disease, rheumatism and arthritis, high blood pressure, thyroid deficiency and constipation.

It is especially good for ailing and convalescent persons, and during pregnancy.

It has been reported to be very beneficial to the sensory nerves, membranes surrounding the brain, spinal cord, and brain tissue. Other uses are for hair loss, goiter, ulcers, arteries, and nails. Kelp is said to protect us from the effects of radiation, and softens stools.

It helps combat stress, eczema and radiation poisoning. Kelp can also prevent birth defects, aid in pregnancy and strengthens the adrenal glands.

Seaweed is so packed with vitamins and minerals. It's literally super food.

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