When most people think of kelp, they usually think of underwater green ‘forests’ of slimy green seaweed, not the nutritious seaweed it really is! Found mostly on coastlines surrounding the Pacific and North Atlantic ocean, kelp intelligently absorbs high levels of nutrients and minerals from seawater through its leaves where they are concentrated and stored. So it’s no surprise that kelp is commonly referred to as a nutrient-powerhouse (far from your average sea vegetable)! In fact, kelp is actually one of the richest sources of iodine, a mineral that is essential for a range of functions in the body including making thyroid hormones.
To help make use of kelps impressive nutrition profile, why not try our new vegan-friendly Sea Kelp supplement! Each tablet contains trace amounts of a broad spectrum of micronutrients, prebiotics, carotenoids and most impressively provides a mighty 290% of your recommended daily dose of iodine!
Why Is Iodine So Essential?
It’s really important to stay on top of your intake because iodine plays a key role in making thyroid hormones (essential for supporting a healthy metabolism and by extension, maintaining a healthy weight) and also helps keep your hair and skin robust as well as maintaining healthy cognitive function.
If you don’t get sufficient amounts of iodine in your diet, a deficiency may result in inadequate production of thyroid hormones which can have an adverse effect on growth and development.
Since our bodies are unable to make iodine and only stores it for a short while before being excreted, it’s essential to get it from the foods that we eat. Iodine is most commonly found in fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products such as cow’s milk and cheese. Small amounts can be found in some plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables but they are generally considered to be poor sources of iodine. That’s why our Sea Kelp supplement makes a great natural alternative for those who avoid eating fish and dairy products thanks to its impressive iodine content.