Kelp seaweed: properties, use and contraindications

L'alga kelp it is useful for people suffering from overweight, has laxative properties and also used against stomach acid. Let's find out better. 

> 1. Description of the seaweed

> 2. Properties and use of the Kelp seaweed

> 3. Benefits of Kelp

> 4. Contraindications of the Kelp seaweed

Kelp seaweed: properties, use and contraindications


Description of the seaweed

Kelp is a term they are generally associated with different algae belonging to the genus fucus and laminaria with biological properties similar to those of Fucus vesiculosus.

Kelp is found in the Atlantic Sea, particularly in the Barents Sea. The dried seaweed has a dark brown color with a strong brackish odor.


Properties and use of the kelp seaweed

This type of seaweed contains 0,05% of total iodine, mucopolysaccharides, polyphenols, phytosterols, mineral salts, trace elements (iodine), vitamins, such as vitamin A, B1, B2, C, D, E, proteins, lipids and carotenewas.

Like the fucus also this alga has stimulating properties of the basal metabolism, hypoglycemic, emollient and anti-inflammatory, remineralizing, laxative and purifying properties.


Benefits of kelp

The use of natural supplements based on kelp algae extract is usually indicated for those people who want to promote endocrine stimulation and that of the basal metabolism, thyroid function, thermogenesis, energy expenditure and therefore for those who want to lose weight.

Alginic acid, alginates and mucilages contained, they absorb water in quantities equal to 6 times their weight, inducing a feeling of satiety, useful for appeasing nervous hunger. This acid is also able to absorb gastric juice by reducing stomach acid.


Contraindications of the kelp seaweed

The consumption of kelp and its extract are contraindicated in cases of hyperthyroidism o heart problems, during pregnancy and breastfeeding and in subjects taking anticoagulant drugs or suffering from other pathologies.


Kelp among the foods rich in iodine


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