Herb of the Day: Kelp

( Fucus spp.)
Kelp is available in dry bulk, capsules, and tinctures.

Extracts of Iodine rich kelp, one of the many forms of seaweed, provided an effective goiter remedy for many years. Today some herbalists rely on another component of kelp’s stemlike and leaflike parts, and agent known as sodium alginate. Because of its action, kelp is prescribed to aid in the treatment of the effects on the body of heavy metal environmental pollutants, such as barium and cadmium,
and to prevent the body from absorbing strontium 90, a radioactive
substance created in nuclear power plants.
Aids with: radiation poisoning, radioactive strontium 90, goiter, hypothyroidism, radiation exposure, effects of heavy metal environmental pollutants.
There is some precautions to kelp, if you are taking medication for hyperthyroidism ( overactive Thyroid ), kelp supplements could worsen the condition. Do not gather your own wild kelp for use, coastal colonies may be contaminated by off shore pollutants. Check with your practitioner before using kelp if you have a history of thyroid problems or high blood pressure. This herb should not be used with children unless it is specifically prescribed by a health care practitioner who is knowledgeable about herbs. Combining kelp with other herbs may necessitate a lower dosage.


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