Kelp Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Kelp comes from fronds of the tall, brown algae called Laminaria digitata, L. japonica, L. saccharina, and Macrocystis pyrifera, which grow in the sea along the northern Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Although some people have used natural stents or kelp "tents" to keep the cervix open in women during childbirth, contamination of these tents has caused infection and led to a halt in their use.
Kelp is an underwater plant with a majestic form, deep green color and a high nutritional yield. Commonly referred to as "seaweed" this botanical beauty is not from the common "seaweed" but rather a different classification of plant entirely. Care and importance should be taken when consuming kelp and one should know its origin. The primary known constituents of Kelp include algin, carrageenan, iodine, potassium, bormine, mucopolysaccharides, mannitol, alginic acid, kainic acid, laminine, histamine, zeaxanthin, protein, and Vitamins B-2 & C.
Common doses of Kelp
Kelp comes as:
Some experts recommend the following dose:
Uses of Kelp herb
Kelp is known for the following properties: antibacterial, antioxidant, diuretic, emollient, endocrine tonic, expectorant, and nutritive. Specifically, kelp may help to :-
Kelp has also been shown to support the lowering of blood cholesterol levels.
Powdered kelp can be easily included in practically every dish. You may sprinkle it on entrees, soups, salads, and it makes a marvelous drink in the form of a "green smoothie". Also adds well in teas and in iced drinks. Encapsulated kelp is also available as well as the liquid extract from the fresh plant.
Side effects of Kelp
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of kelp:
This herb also can cause:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use kelp while taking drugs that lower blood pressure. If you have abnormal blood clotting or a platelet defect or if you take aspirin, don't use kelp when taking blood thinners, such as Coumadin.
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Scientific studies don't support the use of kelp for cancer prevention. No research has been done to evaluate kelp and blood thinners.
Other names for Kelp
Other names for kelp include brown algae, horsetail, Laminaria, sea girdles, seaweed, sugar wrack, and tangleweed.
Products containing kelp are sold under such names as Kelp and Kelp Norwegian.
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