Kelp, is an underwater algae, that is deep green in colour and packed with a host of powerful nutrients. Our organic kelp is cul... Kelp, is an underwater algae, that is deep green in colour and packed with a host of powerful nutrients. Our organic kelp is cultivated in the cool shallows along the Canadian coast, and can be added to a range of drinks and dishes.
Iodine is a trace element, which means it is needed in only very small amounts. However, it is still essential, and we cannot produce it in the body.
Without iodine our bodies would suffer a range of symptoms. It is most crucial for healthy thyroid function, the gland in our throat that is responsive for regulating metabolism. Kelp is one of the richest sources of iodine available.
Calcium is another essential mineral, that is required for maintenance of healthy bones, blood clotting, muscle contraction and heart function.
Many people do not reach their daily needs of calcium and this can be a large contributor to the development of arthritis and osteoporosis in old age. Just one small teaspoon (3g) of our organic kelp will provide you with 33% of your recommended daily calcium needs.
Kelp is a natural source of another important mineral, magnesium. This acts a cofactor, or a “crutch”, for over 300 cellular reactions in the body.
Without magnesium, these reactions cannot occur and energy levels, protein synthesis and nerve function may suffer as a result. Magnesium has also been shown to play a minor role in reducing blood pressure, enhancing sleep quality and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Kelp is also naturally rich in potassium, an important mineral and one of the electrolytes, along with sodium and magnesium, that we need for fluid balance.
If we do not consume enough of these minerals, then the ratio of water inside and outside of our cells falls out of balance, and leads to dehydration. In addition, potassium is also an important cofactor, similar to magnesium, for a range of interactions in the body.