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Kelp Powder, Organic

Herbs: Kelp - Powder, Organic

Common Name: Kelp
Latin Name: Ascophyllum nodosum
Origin: Canada (Atlantic)

Why our Kelp Powder is best

Our Kelp Powder is harvested from the clear, cold waters off the Canadian coast. That is why ours has some of the highest iodine and trace mineral content of any on the market. Fine ground and easy to use, Bulk Herb Store is the best resource on the web for wholesome, healthful Kelp.

Why Kelp Powder

Your body, as amazing as it is, produces no iodine, and cannot store large quantities of iodine. It must be introduced through the foods we eat. Our bodies require it for several reasons. Some of the hormones our thyroid glands produce are around 60% iodine and a lack of it can lead to goiter, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. It can also increase the chance of mental retardation, and even stunted infant brain development. Iodine is a water-soluble trace element that’s rare in the earth’s crust, but fairly prevalent in its seas. Unfortunately, due to over planting and chemical fertilizers, the soil in most of US has virtually no iodine content. We have to do one of two things, in order to compensate for this.

The first thing you can do is add iodine to the soil by mixing sea greens like kelp or seaweed with your natural fertilizer for your vegetable garden. This will put iodine back in the soil, and therefore in your vegetables.

The next, and certainly easer option, is to add iodine to your diet. That is why, in 1924, iodine was added to salt, bread, and milk. Today iodine is no longer added to bread or to milk, and the amount of iodine added to salt has steadily declined over the years. Furthermore, the highly-processed table salt has a myriad of other health problems to answer for and is not a good alternative.
What is a good alternative? Kelp Powder! Kelp is a tall, leafy plant that grows in cool water, floating vertically over the rocky ocean floor. Although tethered there by a root like stem called a hold fast, it does not draw nutrients from the ground but rather from the water around it. This ensures that every leaf is packed with an ocean of goodness.

Iodine Dosage

Individual iodine dosage is not something we can call. After all Paracelsus’s (the father of toxicology) said, "All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy." While the recommended daily allowance by the FDA of 150 micrograms is sufficient to prevent goiters; it probably isn’t optimal, and humans can definitely handle more. We have personally had success taking 1 capsule a day in increments of 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off. However, thyroid issues are incredibly complex, and too much iodine can actually exacerbate existing thyroid disorders just as too little can create them, so talk to your doctor or endocrinologist if you have thyroid problems before supplementing.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Kelp is employed by herbalists as a mineral supplement. It is especially prized for its iodine content.

Kelp is most famous for its use in foods. In the Orient, it is used to flavor soups and sushi.

The medicinal virtues of kelp are primarily related to its content of viscous fiber called algin. Algin absorbs most nutrients as well as toxins from the digestive tract in much the same way that a water softener removes the "hardness" from tap water. This results in less toxins entering the circulatory system.

Kelp Powder contains mucilaginous compounds that enhance the detoxifying and eliminative functions of the digestive system. These compounds absorb toxins from the bowel and provide bulk to the stool. Kelp is an excellent herbal source of calcium, magnesium, sodium and iodine. Iodine is essential to normal thyroid function. It is used to increase the metabolic rate and strengthen connective tissues including the hair, skin and nails.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

Kelp has a salty taste and is used by many people in place of salt. It has a high content of natural plant iodine, which is absorbed much more slowly and therefore more safely, than chemical iodine. Iodine is necessary for proper function of the thyroid, which is essential for proper growth, energy, and metabolism.

  • Abounds in calcium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, and other mineral including trace minerals.
  • Good for nails and hair loss.
  • Regulates the thyroid and pituitary glands (activates all glands of body).
  • Aids function of digestive and endocrine systems.
  • Acts as an antibiotic; assists the thyroid in releasing iodine into the blood stream when infection is present. Iodine fights infection.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use it often in capsules and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. Except as a tea, as powders are not normally used in teas.
  • Kelp is a food, so keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to dishes (soups, etc.) in small amounts so as to add nutritional value to the dish.
  • Some use it as salt or with salt, as it has a salty flavor.
  • Kelp has a distinct odor and flavor. Some folks love it. Others don't, but simply use it because of how effective it is for a number of conditions, such as: thyroid disorders, obesity, tumors, atherosclerosis, and rheumatism.
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most powders, Kelp should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great, but certainly not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

Customer Reviews

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kelp recipe
by Nikki Wood on Nov 14, 2013

A great way to take kelp is to combine with brewers yeast or savoury yeast and mix inot a paste with olive oil ( or flax seed oil) and cider vinegar. It is quite tasty when you get used to it and can be eaten with a salad or on crackers

From Canada
by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2013

Hi there,
I was wondering if you knew where this was harvested from - West Canada or East? I was hoping it was from the Atlantic and not the Pacific due to the exposure from Fukushima. How are your herbs tested to find out the purity of them?

    Re: From Canada
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 18, 2013

    Our Kelp is harvested from the Atlantic side. Near Nova Scotia Canada.The purity of the Kelp is tested by HPTLC,
    High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography, the essential analytical tool to efficiently and accurately determine Botanical Identity and authenticate other raw materials.

Add to smoothies?
by Elise on Jun 11, 2013

Could I add a bit to my smoothies? I usually add +/- one teaspoon. Is taking the Kelp Powder in this manner still effective? It seems like it would be...
It really seems to have helped with my psoriasis. I'm thankful for Kelp Powder!

    Re: Add to smoothies?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jun 13, 2013

    Yes you can add some to your smoothies, and it is affective!

by jennifer on Dec 14, 2012

well I just started taking kelp about a week ago, and I can already feel the difference an I THINK I'M SOLD IT WORKS! Thank GOD for google search!

Affordable and it works!
by Anita M Bowman on Jun 20, 2012

I LOVE the kelp powder!!! I have been taking a thyroid tissue recommended by my local healthfood store, and have had good results. The cost has been a bit of an issue ($100 per month approx), which is very hard for a stay-home mama, but ESSENTIAL to Staying home!! LOL. I could absolutely NOT miss one of my doses,(6 tablets a day) or I would notice right away. I read online about Kelp being great for thyroid and decided to try it. I read a review that raved about how Fast it worked, and was a little pessimistic at first, I must admit. But I also noticed results I was hoping for, VERY quickly! :) I was so impressed that I 'weaned' myself off of my "Healthfood Store bought" thyroid medicine, and didn't even notice. And the best part: the cost is much more affordable for my one-income family. I love it so much that I've started cooking with it. Thank you, thank you!

Life is good!
by Maggie G. on May 5, 2011

I am just about to order your kelp powder and I can testify to the effectiveness of kelp in the diet. I am 60+ and have suffered from chronic bronchiectasis since childhood. I have had over 50% of each lung removed. MDs have no cure for this disease, only repeated prescriptions for antibiotics and inhalers - all harmful. Several years ago during a bad bout of pneumonia I suddenly become severely allergic to antibiotics - it was then I began my "research" project and discovered iodine. I eat several types of seaweed daily and use it for cooking. The results have been nothing short of a miracle. I have not seen a doctor for over three years, have had no illnesses at all, not even a sneeze, I have more energy than I had in my twenties, I sleep well and weigh 112lbs! Life is good! I now have my children and grandchildren hooked on kelp.

Big Help for Hypothyroidism
by Allison on Sep 23, 2009

Wow! I'm a new woman! A blood test showed my thyroid was a little underactive, so my doctor prescribed Synthroid. After 3 months, it came back OVER-active! I immediately stopped taking the medication.

Over the previous year, I was feeling fatigued, not looking forward to each day, brain fog, and unable to complete workouts that before I had mastered. I take my exercise very seriously, and I was gradually feeling worse. I decided to research hypothyroidism a little more. I found out iodine was very important to thyroid function. I realized that I had been eating sea salt (not iodized) for awhile.

I trusted your website to give me accurate herbal information. Kelp powder was listed to help with hypothyroidism, specifically as a great source of iodine. I ordered it, received it, and in desperation to get some in my system, I mixed about a teaspoon with a bottle of water. You don't recommend mixing it in drinks, but I just went for it! Well, it was completely disgusting, of course - I held my nose while I drank it (a trick I learned as a young girl to eat my green beans). I wasn't expecting anything immediate, just trying to get it in my system.

Well! In about half an hour I felt INCREDIBLE! Better than I had felt in months! The down side to this was that it was a couple of hours before bed, and I had a hard time going to sleep! I felt like I could clean the whole house. Since then I have sprinkled about 1/2 a teaspoon on my breakfast (eggs), in my Fiberwise drink, or smoothie. I continue to feel like my old, healthy, energetic self!

I'm so happy! Thank you so much for providing great products and great information. I'm telling everyone about Bulk Herb Store.

by Kamilla on Aug 6, 2008

Great on fish, steaks, chicken and as you already mentioned soups! We keep the kelp powder in a glass shaker and keep it in with the spices. I shake it on just before serving.
Thanks for all of the info you provide on this site and through the ”Making Herbs Simple” video. Slowly but surely our family is transitioning from modern methods of medicine to a more natural holistic approach.

Kelp for Milk Production
by Lynda on Nov 20, 2007

I'm a nursing mother and had been taking red rasberry, fennel, and alfalfa, but I felt like my milk production was running low, so one evening I was checking to see what herbs I had left out...I ended up taking some kelp and fennel together. Wow! Was I suprised at the results. My milk production increased by leaps and bounds.

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