Kelp (Fucus spp.), Alternative Thyroid Treatment and Immune System Boost.
Kelp's nutrient rich nature makes it an excellent way to obtain an immune system boost. The best way to treat many illnesses and disorders are by building up the immune system. Kelp has an extensive amount of vitamins, minerals and iodine which are all extremely important for a healthy immune system. The kelp benefits make Essic tea an important disease fighting herbal remedy.
The type of kelp used in Essiac is brown, moderate in size, and grows in regions with cold coastlines including northwestern United States. The water in which the kelp grows is clear, shallow, requiring nutrient rich water below 20 degrees centigrade. Kelp is anchored to a rocky surface by its tentacle-like roots. It grows in long stalks, with leaf like blades.
Kelp is a very nutrient rich substance making it one of nature's best ways to obtain an immune system boost. It includes phenolic compounds, algin, glycosyl ester diglycerides, mucopolysaccharides, and polar lipids. Kelp also contains protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, approximately 30 minerals, and numerous vitamins. Iodine, calcium, sulfur and silicon are the most abundant of the 30 minerals. Other minerals include phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, copper, zinc, manganese, barium, boron, chromium, lithium, nickel, silver, titanium, vanadium, aluminum, strontium, bismuth, chlorine, cobalt, gallium, tin and zirconium. The vitamins contained in kelp are C, D, E, K and B complex.
Kelp used in modern day medicines is harvested in kelp farms. The farms help preserve the natural balance of the sea allowing the kelp forests to grow undisrupted. Kelp farms also help to ensure the kelp retains its nutritional value. Kelp for the ocean loses its nutritional value once it washes ashore. Kelp must be harvested, cut and dried to retain nutrients.
Thyroid disorders, water retention, glandular disorders, arthritis, rheumatism, constipation, colds, high blood pressure, colitis, eczema, goiter, obesity, low vitality, poor digestion, nervous disorders, and menstrual irregularities are treated with kelp intake.
Many systems of the body are affected therapeutically by Kelp. There's the immune system boost mentioned above, plus a resistance to fever and infection increase, nervous and endocrine systems are given a boost, function of thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands are enhanced and the brain health and function are supported.
Partly due to the high iodine content, kelp assists in the production of thyroid hormones, which in turn regulates the thyroid gland. Thus, conditions such as hypothyroidism, goiter, and hypothyroid-related obesity are the beneficiaries of a much needed dose of iodine. The high iodine, vitamin, and mineral content of kelp all add up to create a healthier endocrine system and deliver an immune system boost. Most people could benefit from an immune system boost.
Another important property of kelp is its ability to help the body rid and keep from absorbing harmful chemicals, toxins, carcinogens, and heavy metal pollutants. Algin, a fiber-like extract of kelp, helps prevent the body from assimilating these elements. Radioactive elements are also prevented from absorption into the body in the same manner.
Other important ways kelp helps the body are reducing cholesterol by inhibiting bile acid absorption, flush out harmful bacteria from the bladder through diuretic effects, reduces inflamed tissues, ease painful joints in rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, reduce enlarged prostate in men and strengthens fingernails, prevent hair loss, and regenerate hair if the follicle is still alive.
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