Laminaria is a genus of 31 brown algae called Kelp. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Kelp is rich in many minerals; namely potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, and calcium. It also has a collection of health benefits that make this seaweed worth consuming! Let’s dive in deeper to learn more about the health benefits of this superfood.
What Is Kelp And Where Does It Grow?
This marine plant belongs to the brown seaweed family, and it grows in shallow saltwater, which has many nutrients. It is mostly found on the Pacific coast, from Alaska to Baja. Kelp does not have roots, and it locks itself on rocks and pebbles in order to grow.
Health Benefits of Kelp
Helps in Weight Loss
Kelp is best known for its fat-blocking properties. It contains a natural fiber called alginate that is known to inhibit the absorption of fat in the gut. A recent study revealed that alginate helps in fat absorption by 75%. Therefore, you may want to consider adding this to your nutrition diet plan if you wish to reach your goals fast (1).
Helps in Diabetes
Kelp may also help address the effects of diabetes and obesity. A study published in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Journal confirmed that brown seaweeds contain a component called Fucoxanthin (2). This may reduce blood sugar levels and help in controlling where people fall on the glycemic index (3).
Kelp is known to be high in flavonoids, alkaloids, and carotenoids, which eradicate free radicals that can cause diseases. A recent survey has explored the effect of sea vegetables in conditions such as colon cancers, osteoarthritis, and estrogen-related dysfunctions (4). Kelp contains a substance called fucoidan which may assist in managing lung cancer and prostate cancer (5,6).
Promotes Scalp Health and Helps Reduce Hair Loss
Research has proven that Laminaria has anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the reduction of hair loss and dandruff. Studies have suggested that they can also help restore mild to moderate hair loss patterns (7).
How to Eat Kelp
If you thought that you could get Kelp only from the oceans, you will be surprised to know that it is not the case anymore! If you do not have access to fresh Laminaria, then you can try and take a supplement containing this ingredient. The SuperFood Weightloss Accelerator program is comprised of a sea vegetable supplement which contains Laminaria (Kelp) and other seaweeds such as Chondrus Crispus, Ascophyllum Nodosum, Porphyra Leucosticta, and Ulva Lactuca. This liquid supplement may be beneficial in increasing energy, accelerating weight loss, supporting thyroid balance and may assist in anti-aging. You can also add the dried form in soups, salads, and noodles. Kelp can also be used as a seasoning or blended in vegetable juice.
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- The modulation of pancreatic lipase activity by alginatesAuthor links open overlay panel Matthew D.WilcoxaIain A.Brownleea1J. CraigRichardsonbPeter W.DettmarbJeffrey P.Pearsona https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030881461301340X
- The effects of Xanthigen™ in the weight management of obese premenopausal women with non‐alcoholic fatty liver disease and normal liver fat Abidov,Z. Ramazanov,R. Seifulla,S. Grachevhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1463-1326.2009.01132.x
- Effects of seaweed supplementation on blood glucose concentration, lipid profile, and antioxidant enzyme activities in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitusMin Sun Kim,1 Jung Yun Kim,1 Woong Hwan Choi,2 and Sang Sun Leehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2815322/
- Anticancer Effects of Different Seaweeds on Human Colon and Breast CancersGhislain Moussavou 1,†, Dong Hoon Kwak 1,2,†, Brice Wilfried Obiang-Obonou 3, Cyr Abel Ogandaga Maranguy 1, Sylvatrie-Danne Dinzouna-Boutamba 4, Dae Hoon Lee 1, Ordelia Gwenaelle Manvoudou Pissibanganga 5, Kisung Ko 6, Jae In Seo 7 and Young Kug Choo 1,2,*http://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/12/9/4898/htm
- PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50624. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050624. Epub 2012 Nov 30.Fucoidan from seaweed Fucus vesiculosus inhibits migration and invasion of human lung cancer cell via PI3K-Akt-mTOR pathways.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2815322/
- Algae extracts and methyl jasmonate anti-cancer activities in prostate cancer: choreographers of ‘the dance macabre’Ammad Ahmad Farooqi,Ghazala Butt and Zubia Razzaqhttps://cancerci.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2867-12-50
- Efficacy of Cistanche Tubulosa and Laminaria Japonica Extracts (MK-R7) Supplement in Preventing Patterned Hair Loss and Promoting Scalp HealthJoon Seok,1 Tae Su Kim,2 Hyun Jung Kwon,1 Sung Pyo Lee,2 Myung Hwa Kang,3 Beom Joon Kim,1 and Myeung Nam Kimhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4418416/