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Seaweeds are used principally in human food, animal food, fertilizer and nutritional supplements. The nutritional seaweed supplement most readily found on health food store shelves is a brown seaweed named kelp. Kelp is a concentrated source of iodine, but also contains important trace minerals necessary for human existence. Marine plants, such as the brown seaweed plant that is the source of kelp tablets and powder, live and flourish because of sunlight and the nutrients so plentiful in the sea. The brown seaweed group is usually found in cold waters, although a number of varieties are harvested in the warmer waters of the Pacific off the coast of California. So fantastic is their growing ability, deriving nutrients only from the sun and surrounding water, that when they are harvested four feet from the surface, they grow back within ten days. Seaweeds do not have any roots, but cling to rocks with grippers strong enough to survive the action of waves.

Kelp tablets may contain up to 500mg of kelp powder which provides between 150µg and 500µg of iodine. Tablet contents and iodine concentration vary significantly so you should read the label on any particular product. The adult RDA is about 150mcg per day.

As a food seaweed is primarily used in certain salads, sushi and other ethnic oriented cuisines around the world. But, food is not the only way to enjoy the benefits of seaweed. Beauty products are also a sure fire way of introducing the superb qualities of this oceanic herb to the largest organ of the human body, your skin.

Seaweed has a wonderful effect on the thyroid because it normalizes and stabilizes its function. Blood pressure can also be stabilized, cholesterol can be lowered, and seaweed promotes a healthy intestinal tract. The best nutritional aspect is, however, that various cancers among those that regularly consume seaweed are low. A seaweed extract has also been found to increase the metabolic rate and can contribute significantly to weight loss.
 

 
 

Kelp / Seaweed can help with the following:
 
 
AutoimmuneNot recommended for:
  Hyperthyroidism
 Please see the link between Hyperthyroidism and Iodine.

Circulation

  Varicose Veins

Environment / Toxicity

Not recommended for:
  Heavy Metal Toxicity
 Some kelps concentrate arsenic. There have been cases where kelp supplemention resulted in blood cell abnormalities.

Hormones

  Hypothyroidism
 Kelp is a large, leafy brown edible seaweed rich in vitamins and minerals that grows along colder coastlines. Kelp is an excellent source of iodine, a major component of thyroxine and triiodothyronine, hormones that affect weight gain and cellular metabolic rates. One to two milligrams of iodine per week are required to prevent goiter. Based on epidemiological studies, thyroid disease is practically unknown in people who regularly eat kelp.

Infections

  Lyme Disease
 Helps in the treatment of the disorder by strengthening the immune system. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals and aids in detoxifying the body.

  Tuberculosis
 From an Oriental Medicine point of view, kelp has a history of use in TB.

Lab Values

  Elevated Total Cholesterol

Not recommended for:
  Low Platelet Count
 It is noted that kelp can concentrate heavy metals, and that some kelp preparations contain substantial levels of arsenic. It has been noted that urinary arsenic excretion in patients with peripheral neuropathy, who have been taking kelp tablets, has increased, and seaweed ingestion has been linked with chronic thyroiditis. Arsenic intoxication can cause bone marrow depression and megaloblastic changes. Physicians need to be aware of the potential dangers of contaminants in some kelp preparations.[Severe Dyserythropoiesis and Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia Associated With Ingestion of Kelp Supplements, Pye, Kathryn G., et al, The Lancet, June 20, 1992;339:1540]

Metabolic

  Problem Caused By Being Overweight
 fücoTHIN is a natural, whole food based supplement that is made with a proprietary concentration of fucoxanthin combined with pomegranate seed oil, for a patent-pending formula that is naturally thermogenic. fücoTHIN has been studied by scientists for many years and is the only formula that has human clinical research to confirm its thermogenic effect.
  • All-natural concentrate with fucoxanthin levels 250-500 times higher than wild seaweed
  • Supports the metabolism or breakdown of fat in white adipose tissue, including belly fat (along with a calorie conscious diet and exercise)
  • Dietary fiber supports normal cardiovascular health
  • The first marine algae-derived ingredient with clinically proven thermogenic effect
  • Does not stimulate the central nervous system and will not cause jitters or lost sleep
Study participants who used fücoTHIN with diet and exercize experienced an average metabolic rate 18.2% higher than with diet alone.

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Expanding seaweed pill. The pill, made with a fibrous seaweed extract, swells to several times its normal size inside the stomach. As a result, it stretches the stomach wall, stimulating receptors that send a signal to the brain to say that the stomach is full, according to the report.

The effects are similar to those of a gastric balloon, a European procedure in which an inflatable implant is surgically inserted into the stomach and then filled with saline solution. The procedure is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The pill, called Appesat, only needs to be swallowed with water.

Clinical trials suggest the pill can help gradual weight loss, averaging about 20 pounds over a three-month period, the Mail reported. It costs around $60 for 50 pills and is available online.

  Blood Type O

Risks

  Cancer / Risk - General Measures
 
 


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May do some good
Likely to help
May have adverse consequences







GLOSSARY

Cholesterol:  A waxy, fat-like substance manufactured in the liver and found in all tissues, it facilitates the transport and absorption of fatty acids. In foods, only animal products contain cholesterol. An excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.

Herbs:  Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, teas should be made with one teaspoon herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Tinctures may be used singly or in combination as noted. The high doses of single herbs suggested may be best taken as dried extracts (in capsules), although tinctures (60 drops four times per day) and teas (4 to 6 cups per day) may also be used.

Iodine:  A essential mineral that is an integral part of the thyroid hormones, thyroxin and triiodothyronine which have important metabolic roles and govern basal metabolism. The best known iodine deficiency symptom is goiter. Other iodine deficiency problems are reduced vitality, hypothyroidism, inability to think clearly, low resistance to infection, loss of control of the muscles of the mouth resulting in mouth contortion and drooling, defective teeth, tendency to obesity and cretinism which is a congenital abnormal condition marked by physical stunting and mental deficiency.

Metabolism:  The chemical processes of living cells in which energy is produced in order to replace and repair tissues and maintain a healthy body. Responsible for the production of energy, biosynthesis of important substances, and degradation of various compounds.

Microgram:  (mcg): 1/1,000 of a milligram in weight.

Milligram:  (mg): 1/1,000 of a gram by weight.

Mineral:  Plays a vital role in regulating many body functions. They act as catalysts in nerve response, muscle contraction and the metabolism of nutrients in foods. They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.

RDA:  Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins or other nutrients as determined by the FDA. U.S. RDAs are more widely used than RDAs, and focus on 3 age groups: Infants of 0-12 months; Children of 1-4 years; Adults and children of more than 4 years.

Thyroid:  Thyroid Gland: An organ with many veins. It is at the front of the neck. It is essential to normal body growth in infancy and childhood. It releases thyroid hormones - iodine-containing compounds that increase the rate of metabolism, affect body temperature, regulate protein, fat, and carbohydrate catabolism in all cells. They keep up growth hormone release, skeletal maturation, and heart rate, force, and output. They promote central nervous system growth, stimulate the making of many enzymes, and are necessary for muscle tone and vigor.