Kelp Meal & Kelp Flour
Kelp - Organic Dietary Source of Iodine
Kelp is a term commonly applied to seaweeds of the brown algal Laminariales and Fucales. Iodine was first discovered by distillation of Phaeophyta-Fucus in the early nineteenth century and for about 50 years most of the commercial supplies of iodine were obtained in this way.
Description: Perennial seaweeds that come in all shapes and size. Brown seaweeds like Fucus vesiculosus, Ascophyllum nodosum, Laminaria longicruris and digitata all flourish in icy cold waters of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Constituents: A gelatinous substance, algin; mannitol; iodine; a volatile oil; beta carotine; zeaxanthin; various inorganic substances.
Uses: (dried whole plant) Anti-obesic; antihypothyroid. Specially of use which is associated with hypothyroidism. A decoction of the whole fresh plant may he applied externally in rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis.
Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD)
Iodine is an essential element for normal growth and development of animals and humans. It occurs in the human body in only small amounts (15 - 20 mg) and the essential requirement for normal growth is only 100 - 200 micrograms per day. Because of this, iodine is referred to as a 'trace element'.
Iodine is a naturally occurring mineral which has an affinity for the cells of the thyroid gland where it concentrates and acts to disinfect the body's entire blood volume. Depletion of iodine results in fatigue, susceptibility to illness, inability to metabolize food efficiently, making its victims slow and dull, their hair gray, and skin wrinkled. This element is also essential in the formation of thyroxin, a hormone which helps balance estrogen levels in the body.
People who live away from the seacoast in areas where the soil is low in iodine, sometimes fail to get adequate supply of this mineral. Getting too little iodine can cause goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland. Iodized salt and kelp powder are two reliable sources of iodine.
Kelp Powder can be used as condiment for soups and vegetables.
Nutrition Information: Per 1 g serving meets over 200% of recommended daily intake of iodine.
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Kelp Meal & Flour Analysis
||Amino Acid Content
||3 - 6 ppm
||2 - 5 ppm
||35 - 100 ppm
||0.1 - 0.4 ppm
||30 - 60 pprn
||0.1 - 0.5 ppm
||0.1 - 0.5 ppm
||10 - 30 ppm
||5 - 10 ppm
||I - 5 ppm
||150 - 300 ppm
*Expressed as grams amino acid nitrogen per 100g of protein nitrogen