Kelp Powder, Organic, 1/2 lb.

Ascophyllum nodosum  |  Origin: Canada
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Kelp, a member of the brown algae family, is harvested from off the coast of Canada in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is best known for its high iodine content.

An amazing seaweed that contains a very high content of natural plant iodine, Kelp may help support a healthy thyroid, energy levels, metabolism, hair, skin, and nails.

Common Name: Kelp

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.
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