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Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum)

Kelp Granules for Sale

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Ascophyllum nodosum, or kelp, is a variety of Atlantic seaweed also known as Norwegian kelp. This species of brown algae is found along the coasts of Ireland, Britain, Greenland and northeastern North America. It is also known as knotted wrack and rockweed. Like other marine plants, kelp is a rootless aquatic plant that anchors itself to the ocean floor by using a structure called a holdfast.

This aquatic plant is best known for its use in Asian cuisine as a sea vegetable. In its dried form, kelp is used to season soups and sushi.

Like other seaweeds, kelp is sometimes referred to as a “super food” (or superfood) because it is highly nutritious. In fact, it’s an excellent source of amino acids as well as minerals, including calcium and iodine.

Kelp is valued as a rich source of nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, amino acids and various trace minerals including iodine. The herb is also a rich source of algin, a type of fiber capable of absorbing up to 300 times its weight in water.

Origin: United States (Atlantic Ocean)

Active Compounds: Mucopolysaccharides, Lipids, Iodine, Phlorotannin, Phenolic compounds

Plant Part Used: whole plant

Storage Tips: Keep in a sealed container in a cool, dry cabinet or pantry.

Appearance and Aroma: Granular pieces are medium to dark green in color. Powder is light green with a salty, marsh-like aroma.

Cosmetic Uses: Kelp powder may be added in small amounts to cold-processed soaps for color and nourishing qualities.

Culinary Uses: Add to vegetable and fruit smoothies and tonics in small amounts. May also be encapsulates as a dietary supplement.

Flavor Profile: Granulated kelp is an “acquired” taste. It has a strong fishy flavor to some people but is only mildly salty to others. Powdered kelp may retain some of its qualities as a seaweed in terms of flavor. Blend with other botanicals to improve taste.

Household Uses: Use as a natural fertilizer in the garden.

Industrial Uses: Kelp is a source of alginate, which is used in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as a thickening and dehydrating agent.

Safety: Check with your physician or endocrinologist before using this product if you have a thyroid condition.

Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Canada Health or the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Kelp Granules for Sale

Kelp Powder for Sale