Kelp is the name given to large seaweed belonging to the brown algae, specifically to the order laminariales. There are about 30 different genera and it grows along the cooler coastal regions of the world, mainly in the North Pacific.
Origin and Use of Kelp
The alga is rich in minerals and trace elements. Above all, kelp has a high natural content of iodine. This plant is a popular product in naturopathy. Here, the plant finds its use in people with a deficit of minerals, for nerves and sensory organs, spinal cord, brain tissue, thyroid function, arteries and fingernails. As a dietary supplement, kelp is usually in tablet form. Furthermore, the plant contains, inter alia:
- alginic acid
- Vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C and E
The plant grows in some regions up to 60 meters long and can grow daily up to 30 centimeters.