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A Healthy Source of Iodine: Kelp Supplements

Posted Apr 08 2011 5:00pm

Americans have been desperately looking for potassium iodide supplements since the disaster in Japan. Although the United States residents face little risk from radiation drifting across the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s stricken nuclear plants, people continue to shop for potassium iodide, considered a defense against radiation poisoning.

With all potassium iodide suppliers out, customers are looking for alternative products to prevent the radiation risk and kelp supplements are the perfect solution for this problem.

Kelp is a sea vegetable that grows in underwater “forests” in shallow oceans. Kelp is one of nature’s richest sources of iodine, a better choice as natural iodine is absorbed more slowly in the body than chemical iodine. Kelp has a remarkable ability of taking the minerals from the water and holding them in their cells. Therefore, kelp is a concentrated source of iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and virtually every mineral in the ocean.

Commonly taken as a supplement in powder, tablets, and capsules, kelp is often used as a natural detoxifier and kelp supplements can be used to reduce radiation in addition to normalizing hormones and glands.

The majority of consumers use kelp supplements to assist thyroid function, making thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body. Iodine deficiency can cause low thyroid function, goiter, and cretinism. A deficiency in iodine is normally caused by a diet lacking sea vegetables, dairy, seafood, processed food, and salt.

Additionally, kelp contains a good amount of lignans, phytonutrients that can help in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Lignans can also help women who suffer from symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats. Kelp supplements can be extremely useful in supplementing the body’s minerals for women experiencing their menstrual cycles , providing extra calcium, potassium and iron which are lost through the menstrual flow.

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