Kelp powder is rich in antioxidants including carotenoids and flavonoids, both of which help the body to fight harmful free radicals within the body. Minerals such as manganese and zinc help to combat oxidative stress and may even help to protect cardiovascular health. Studies on isolated cells show that a compound within kelp known as fucoidan may actually help to prevent the spreading of lung cancer and prostate cancer.
Thanks to the high concentration of iodine found within Kelp it has been used since medieval times to support normal thyroid function, however, too much iodine within your diet can also cause thyroid problems according to research. Kelp may also help to promote healthy joints and regulate blood pressure as they’re packed with a wide range of minerals and vitamins, one of which is vanadium. In a study, oral vanadium was given to type 1 diabetic patient for 30 months and was found to decrease fasting blood sugar levels by over 30%.
Kelp also contains a viscous fiber called algin that has excellent absorption qualities. Because of this Kelp may enhance digestive function. Aside from algin, Kelp also contains alginate, a kelp-derived carbohydrate that has been found to reduce fat absorption which can lead to improved weight management.
Alginate is also used widely as a thickener for ice cream, jellies, salad dressings and toothpaste. Kelp also contains lignans which are phytochemicals specifically found in sea flora that promote healthy cell growth.
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