Health

All things seaweed …the superfood gift of pure iodised salt from the sea,

Product Description:

100% pure “Ecklonia radiata” selected by hand, sun-dried and ground into fine granules ready for an instant infusion of goodness into any meal in the kitchen and at the table.

Health Benefits:

Sea veggies are an incredible gift from the sea. They provide all minerals and trace elements required for your body’s physiological functions in quantities greatly exceeding those of land plants. Iodine laden, essential for cell’s healthy development. Sea veggies present these highly valued nutrients to your body in a chelated, colloidal, optimally balanced form. They are then bio-available, that is your body understands how to utilize and absorb them.

My interest in kelp and the benefits it may provide have led me on to so many various articles of interest. Below I have condensed some of my favourite and most noteworthy research that I have found thus far.

Please feel free to peruse these links at your leisure. I have included an easy to follow overview of the research that has been discussed/written about and documented online surrounding the potential use for this incredible natural food, kelp – “the Veggie of the sea”.

Links !

* Like eating any fruit or vegetable, eating mbK is best raw. For a quick, easy infusion simply sprinkle straight onto food. Eg) avocados, eggs, toast, salads, steamed veggies, stirfrys, curries, laksa, Thai dishes, bone marrow broths, soups etc. Easy for an unaltered infusion of goodness. Also available now “Garlic Infusion ” an amazing taste sensation with the added benefits of dehydrated fresh garlic + salt flakes extraced in their purest form from ancient sea beds in Victoria – Pyramid Hill https://pyramidsalt.com.au/about/ .

* Things to note : Please always consult with your health professional for healing advice for your unique health situation. Begin all dietary changes with small increments and go with what feels right for you. The information used here comes from reading studies, research documents as well as information shared with integrative therapists, nutritionists and scientists on a regular basis.

Ecklonia radiata Seaweed is high in iodine, iron, vitamin C (which aids iron absorption), antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamin K, vitamin B-12 and a range of other nutrients important for human health. Red seaweed such as dulse are high in protein. What’s more, seaweed contain certain compounds not found in terrestrial food sources, including fucoidan, a type of carbohydrate that has anticoagulant and antiviral properties. Numerous studies have linked the Japanese diet – high in fish, seaweed, soya, fruits and vegetables – to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancers in general. Studies such as these do not isolate the effects of seaweed from other dietary and lifestyle factors, notes Dr. Mary Hardy, a medical authority on dietary supplements and former medical director of the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. But based on evidence of seaweed’s disease-fighting potential from cell and animal studies, she says, “I do think this is a nutrient-rich super food.”

ref ~ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/food-trends/eat-seaweed-for-the-health-benefits—but-dont-overdoit/article33281211/

INGREDIENTS AND HEALTH BENEFITS

The following is a list of minerals and trace elements that are found in mbK.

Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.

Macro and Trace

The two kinds of minerals are: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macro means “large” in Greek (and your body needs larger amounts of macrominerals than trace minerals). The macromineral group is made up of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and sulfur.

A trace of something means that there is only a little of it. So even though your body needs trace minerals, it needs just a tiny bit of each one. Trace minerals includes iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium.

The following are all found in the quantities(approx) shown below in mbK :

Calcium: macronutrient. Content in mbK : 14.75 mcg/gm
Most common mineral in the body, essential for formation of bones, muscle contractions, blood clotting, hormonal health, nerve function. Assists with PMS and high blood pressure.

Magnesium: macronutrient. Content in mbK : 7.66 mcg/gm
Is one of the six essential macro minerals that comprises 99% of the body’s mineral content. Helps to build and strengthen bones, enables nerves to function. Essential to production of energy from food. Keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system. Regulates blood sugar, blood pressure. Magnesium is involved in energising metabolism & protein synthesis.

Potassium : macronutrient. Content in mbK : 79 mcg/gm
A mineral/ electrolyte found in all cells, works alongside sodium to maintain normal blood pressure. Several important functions in the body, largely regulating fluid level. Helps transmit electrical pulses to allow for proper nerve and muscle function including heart function. Good for strong healthy bones.

Sodium : macronutrient. Content in mbK : 40 mcg/gm
Is a major mineral essential to human health and life. Alongside potassium it provides the electrolytic battery that pumps nutrients in & out of each cell. Sodium Alginate in kelp aids in detoxifying from heavy metals & interestingly is used in many detox products. It absorbs toxic metals from the intestines and maintains regular bowel movements.

☆ {Worth a mention here… Modern humans are exposed to dietary reversals as the natural availability of sodium and potassium is leached out of processed foods and processed sodium is allowed and used in excessive amounts as a flavour enhancer & preservative which is completely upside down because of the imbalance and lack of magnesium and calcium is implicated in high blood pressure disease. Because unnatural manufactured table salt is essentially sodium chloride, natural organic sodium has gotten a bad rap ! Sea Vegetables provide bio-available, essential sodium balanced with potassium, calcium & magnesium. Kelp can be a great source for a table salt alternative, although it is a more subtle salty flavour compared with sodium chloride!}

Sulfur : Macronutrient. Content in mbK : 9.7mcg / gm
Stimulates the pituitary gland. Makes up vital amino acids used to create protein for cells, tissues,Hormones, enzymes and antibodies. Needed for insulin production, controls carbohydrate metabolism. Sulfur detoxify’s at a cellular level and relieves pain, alleviates allergies, stiffness, and muscles soreness. Keeps skin clear, hair glossy. Anti parasitic.

Phosphorous : Macronutrient. Content in mbK : 1.31mcg / gm
An essential mineral, works with calcium to help build healthy bones. Plays an important structural role in nucleic acids and cell membranes. Is involved with the body’s energy production. Balances hormones and metabolism. Synthesises macronutrients from our food including proteins, fats and carbs.

Boron : Micronutrient. Content in mbK :   .13mcg / gm
Boron is a trace mineral essential to human health and must be obtained from diet or supplements. This nutrient recently gained popularity after researchers found that it helps the bones use calcium. Increased boron levels in the soil have been associated with a lower risk of osteoarthritis.

Iodine : Micronutrient. Content in mbK  : 4.44 mg / gm

Is a vital nutrient in thyroid hormone production. Supports a healthy thyroid gland,  protects against certain types of cancer. Maintains a healthy brain.

Iodine is an essential trace element, which is vital for normal growth and development of the body. Around 60% of the iodine in the human body is stored in the thyroid gland. Its health benefits play a very important role in the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, which secretes thyroid hormones that control the base metabolic rate of the body. In fact, without it, thyroid hormones could not even be synthesized.

RDI for iodine is stuck in the 1950’s suggested levels here in Australia. Iodine is mistakenly set at150 mcg daily for adults, 90mcg children 1-8 years, older children (9-13) years 120 mcg,  pregnant women 220mcg/day.

As Dr David Brownstein suggests below, he recommends much higher doses of a minimum !! – 12 mg per day these days due to the toxic loads that we are suseptible to. And lack of iodine in the food chain.  Bromide is a complete robber of iodine and is commonly used in breads and baked goods.  It is always a good idea to have your iodine levels checked correctly to be completely informed of where your thyroid is at to function at its best. Sadly, most GPS are unable to do this due to restrictions with the AMA, as I have found out. An integrative therapist can and willingly organise these for you. (The best money you will ever spend)

Iodine controls the functioning of thyroid glands, which, in turn, has a significant influence on the metabolic processes in the body. It helps in the optimum utilization of calories, thereby preventing their storage as excess fat. Other benefits include removal of toxins from the body and assisting the system in utilizing minerals like calcium and silicon. For a really informative read on Iodine, the following publication is well worth studying :  “Iodine why you need it” by David Brownstein MD.  https://www.drbrownstein.com/iodine-why-you-need-it-p/iodine.htm

 

Silicon : Micronutrient.  Content in mbK : 1.5g mcg / gram.

Good for skin and flexible joints. Promotes firmness and strength in the tissues. It is part of arteries, tendons, skin, connective tissue and eyes. Collagen contains silicon, helping to hold tissues together. Often used in herbal remedies for hair, skin and nails. Other possible uses being currently researched are to reduce the risk of heart disease, tissue he issue o get her teat arthritis and other joint or cartridge problems, gastric ulcers and other conditions where tissue repair and healing are needed.

 

Trace minerals occur in the soil, in foods, and in your body at much lower levels than the macrominerals, so they become more easily depleted. When deficiencies occur — and deficiency is much more common than toxicity — important metabolic functions like blood sugar regulation, or specific substances and enzymes in the body, will not work properly. Examples of metabolic functions affected include iodine needed for thyroid production, iron for red blood cell hemoglobin production, and zinc for proper immune function. Key functions of boron: May act on the parathyroid glands to regulate calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus balance. Used to prevent bone loss. Boron is a common ingredient in bone-supporting formulas along with calcium. If boron occurs in sufficient levels in the soil in which food is grown, the mineral will be in abundance in whole foods, such as apples, grapes, nuts, legumes, and leafy greens. You need about 1mg of boron daily from your diet.

Manganese : Micronutrient. Content in mbk .25mcg / gm
Manganese is a trace mineral that is present in the human body in very small amounts, primarily in the bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas, according to the University of Maryland Medical School. It is important in the formation of bones, connective tissues, blood-clotting factors and sex hormones, and also is involved in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation. In addition, it is important for brain and nerve function. Manganese may be helpful in treating osteoporosis, arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, diabetes and epilepsy. Important trace mineral for nutrient absorption, balances hormones naturally. Synthesises like cholesterol, carbohydrates and proteins. Production of digestive enzymes and immune system defenses.

Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat

TOP 3 WAYS OF DETOXING YOUR BODY WITH SEA KELP

April 8, 2015 By Sandy Halliday now one of the top super foods. “First it was wheat grass then it was kale but kelp is now being touted as the latest nutritional powerhouse ingredient to add to your diet. I’m not surprised because it’s certainly good for detoxing your body.

Kelp is full of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and alginates that can help a lot with detox, weight control and improving your health. Sea plants contain 10-20 times the minerals as land-based plants. Kelp even contains a little omega-3 fatty acid.

Kelp contains magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin K, calcium and iron as well as protein. It is particularly high in iodine which is needed for the thyroid to produce thyroid hormone which regulates metabolism and helps with weight control.

Many people are low in iodine these days because of the trend for low salt diets, and iodine antagonists such as bromine, chlorine and fluorides which get into your body and interfere with iodine uptake and utilization.

A 2008 study showed that the form of iodine in kelp can detox free radicals, those highly reactive molecules that accelerate ageing.

Alginates are higher in sea kelp than other seaweeds such as bladderwrack, Irish moss, dulse, nori, hiziki, wakame. You have probably already eaten sodium alginate without knowing it as a food additive in ice cream and soy sauce where it’s used to enhance flavor and taste. Many processed foods contain it, as it’s an effective binding agent.

Alginates bind to heavy metals, radioactive elements such as iodine-131 and strontium-90, and environmental toxins within the digestive tract, preventing reabsorption into the bloodstream. Heavy metal toxicity is an often an overlooked root cause of a number of serious health issues.

Because sea kelp has the ability to chelate heavy metals it is important to only take kelp that is guaranteed to be free from heavy metal and other pollutants.”

Kelp is available in a variety of forms including fresh, dried, as powder and  capsules or tablets.

The following are 3 of the best ways of using kelp for detoxing your body.

  1. Sea Kelp Baths One way to detox your body with kelp is to use it in a bath. Look for organic powdered kelp that is free from pollutants. Mix a pound of the powder with 4 cups of water and cook the mixture on a low heat for an hour. Add the cooked mixture to a tub of warm to hot water. Soak in the water for 20 minutes to one hour. You will absorb some of the many vitamins and minerals which helps to detoxify heavy metals and radiation.If you don’t like the sea weed smell you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You can do this bath three times a week for up to a year.
  2. Kelp Smoothies Use kelp in juices and smoothies for an effective body detox. You just have to add a half to one teaspoonful of organic kelp to your smoothie and then blend as usual. Kelp does have a salty taste, so don’t add too much of it. I find that a teaspoon doesn’t affect the taste much at all.
  3. Cooking with Kelp You can use fresh or dried kelp for cooking. You may be able to find it fresh if you live near the sea but if not you can buy fresh kelp online. Kelp has not gone mainstream yet so is more difficult to find in supermarkets but you should be able to find it in Asian food stores where it’s known as Kombu or in your health food store.Simply add a sheet or a handful of shredded seaweed to whatever you are cooking. Added to a pot of beans it will make them more tender and digestible. You can soak dried sea kelp in water, drain well and then gently stir fry with vegetables in a wok.You might see raw kelp noodles which are made from the inside of kelp. They are not noodles at all of course but have a crunchy texture and can be added to salads or tossed with a pesto. Detoxing your body with seaweed is extremely simple and at the same time it’s very beneficial for your health. On top of helping you have a better looking skin, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, sea kelp can also detox heavy metals and radiation which will greatly improve your overall health.

ref ~ :https://thedetoxspecialist.com/blog/top-3-ways-of-detoxing-your-body-with-sea-kelp 

Kelp is a sea vegetable (seaweed) extraordinarily rich in minerals, such as magnesium, selenium and calcium. Sufficient mineralisation from proper nutrition has been known to normalize and calm behavior. A lack of proper mineral nutrition has been implicated in practically every symptom of poor health and emotionally extreme behavior. Kelp is the most abundant food in iodine.

The high consumption of sea vegetables may very likely account for the low rates of cancer and the high life expectancy in Japan.
The countries that consume seaweeds and other foods from the ocean regularly, such as Japan and Iceland, tend to live longer than others and have very high life expectancy. At the time of writing this book, Japan ranks as the second highest country in life expectancy, and Iceland ranks seventh.
Due to its extraordinarily rich mineral content, kelp is a great food for men, as the man’s semen contains high amounts of minerals that are lost with ejaculation, and kelp helps replenish those minerals and restore energy after ejaculation.

Kelp also helps displace toxic minerals with healthy minerals (e.g., radioactive iodine with healthy iodine). Kelp is rich in essential sugars (polysaccharides) such as xylose, fucose, and galactose, which are important for immune system function, memory, and cognitive health. Other foods that are rich in essential sugars are noni, goji berries, aloe vera, medicinal mushrooms like reishi and other seaweeds.

Kelp also contains high amounts of the trace mineral selenium, which is another essential nutrient in the process of thyroid function. Selenium is essential for brain health and prevents loss of brain function due to aging.

Kelp contains sodium alginate, which aids the body in detoxifying from heavy metals and is now included in many heavy metal detox products.

Kelp’s content of alginates help absorb toxic metals in the intestines and prevent their uptake by the body. The same is not true of seafood such as fish or shellfish. This is why it is preferred to use kelp as a source of iodine instead of more fish or seafood.

Kelp is also one of the highest foods in vitamin k1

Kelp is great for moving the intestines and maintaining regular bowel movements and therefore would be great for anyone who is suffering from constipation or irregular bowel movements.
Detoxifies the body from heavy metals, radioactive elements, free radicals and toxins. Boosts the immune system.

Benefits and protects the thyroid gland. In fact, kelp is one of the most important foods for supporting the thyroid gland; mostly due to its high iodine content.

Helps those who are overweight by improving the function of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Improves the structure of hair and nails and helps them to grow.

Helps to detoxify smokers from strontium and cadmium.

Seaweed has been used all over the world for thousands of years and is a type of algae. Algae came to existence about three and a half billion years ago and is in 75% of the air we breath.

When you think of seaweed in North America, you usually think about people from the Far East. Well, people from Japan have used seaweed since the beginning of time. Records show that for over 2000 years seaweed has been used as a supportive food in the Japanese diet. It is reported that at least six types of seaweeds were used in 800 A.D in everyday cooking in Japan. In 794, Japanese people used seaweed to make nori, which is a dried sheet of seaweed, which we see in sushi.

Some research also suggests that seaweed has been used since 2700 BC in China. In 600 BC, Sze Teu wrote that in China that seaweed was made for special guests or kings. In 300 BC, Chi Han wrote a book about seaweed. In China, kelp was used in the 5th century for food. In China, Laminara japonica (a specific species of seaweed) was imported from Japan in the 5th century.

In Europe, Mediterranean seaweeds were used as medicine in Greek and Roman times. Greeks even used seaweed to feed animals as early as 100 BC. In the Mediterranean, some red algae were used as sources of dying agents and as a medicine to treat parasitic worms since pre-Christian times.
For thousands of years and in many cultures, seaweed has been used for food and fertilizer. In Ireland, people started collecting algae in 1200 AD. Farmers have used seaweed for hundreds of years as mulch for soil, and even today there is a large seaweed industry in both Scotland and Ireland. In Ireland, Palmaria, a red algae is, known under a variety of Gaelic and English names: duileasc, Creathnach, dulse and dillisk, expressing clearly the long usage and perhaps also the great variation in habit and habitat of this species. There are very early records of the use of Palmaria not only in Ireland but also Iceland. One of the oldest recorded writings in Iceland, dating back to 961 BC, included detailed regulations about coastal property rights to be respected in the collection of sea vegetables. Palmaria is a well-known snack food and is an important source of fiber to the Icelandic people.

The ancient Hawaiians grew kelp gardens. They used 60-70 species of seaweed for food, medicine, ceremonies and even for their leis. In Hawaii, the story is that Hawaiians believe that a shark-man was killed and the ashes turned into a reddish seaweed that was deadly. The Hawaiians smeared it on their spears to make the spears fatal. We have done some extensive research on seaweed and we are not aware of any type that would be fatal. The Tongans have a long history of use with Limu Moui, which a brown sea plant. The Tongans believed Limu Moui would give them longevity and overall good health. For a long time, the Tongans were the only people who knew the secret of Limu Moui. The Tongans consumed Limu Moui for 3,000 years and was a staple in their diet. When Captain Cook visited Tonga in 1777, the Tongans offered him Limu Moui to restore his strength and energy.”

[1]  http://naturalknowledge247.com/seaweed-a-brief-history/