This is something which fills in many gaps and is a great tonic for the modern age. It’s a little bit different than many of the herbs and any other products that we have available. Because kelp is more of a food it’s basically- as far as foods go, as far as the potentiality for food on this planet- this is at the very top of that. It’s in many ways better than anything we can grow here on land and with soil, especially with the kind of mineral depleted soil that most of us are dealing with on the planet.
Kelp is a Wild Food
This is a food that is naturally found in the ocean- cultivated in the ocean, which is important because the ocean contains the whole matrix of trace minerals that our body needs to function. There’s a lot of theory and evidence supporting the idea that most issues that we face at their core have a mineral deficiency as one of the major underlying causes. What I’m talking about is kelp.
If you haven’t heard of kelp, it’s a seaweed, and in my opinion the top of the chain of seaweeds, and the top of the chain of food that humans can consume because it’s a wild food and being it’s grown in the ocean. That means it contains upwards of 56 different trace minerals. I would love it if there were other foods that we can say that about, but there really isn’t. Not that many foods that people consume on a regular basis contain the mineral density of seaweed.
I really see kelp as top-of-the-line for food and supplements because it contains traces of zinc, manganese, chromium, and esoteric ones like germanium, radium, rubidium and others which are a little more esoteric, yet are important for the body.
Kelp isn’t some scientifically engineered mineral supplement, or some folded or human thing, or an electrolyte or something that’s been engineered/bio created. It’s a natural food, so it contains a proper balance of the good minerals. In that way, it’s a superior choice to many green super foods, supplements, or other things that people are trying to do to get mineralized.
Now seaweed presents a couple of problems:
1) The taste is not that agreeable.
2) It’s often hard to digest. Even though we might be able to masticate it, chew it, and swallow it, it’s bound up in a lot of tough fibers, which makes eating it not really ideal. Of course cooking it in soups and stews and these sorts of things is a better strategy, but no one really does that. If they do, it’s in really small amounts, not necessarily enough have a therapeutic amount.
3) Sourcing it. Well, where does it come from? Many things in the ocean and areas of the ocean are indeed quite toxic, but we have to understand that the ocean is massive and vast. It’s not like a little pond; it’s much bigger and more complex than that. Yet the concern of where kelp is sourced, how clean it is, and how much it’s tested for radioactive materials and heavy metals, is of great importance. That’s why the kelp used in a 40:1 kelp extract is an excellent source from pure, clean waters where arctic currents meet with currents from other aspects of the ocean. This area is a place where the whole ecosystem is flourishing and the water is quite clean and pure.
The ocean is massive. There are many places left that are actually clean and the whole thing isn’t quite polluted just yet. There are natural elements in the environment that can help detoxify and balance out the ecosystem. (That’s kind of a separate conversation.) To mitigate and ensure we are getting a clean and pure product to make the kelp extract, it should come from pure, clean waters. Before it even comes into the country it’s tested for radioactive material, radioactive isotopes and heavy metals. From there it then passes all those tests and again it’s tested before the extract is made and tested afterwards as well. Through each step of the process it’s ensured to be free of heavy metals, free of any sort of radioactive materials or pollutants of any kind, which is hard to come by and really hard to say for most seaweed products and for most products that come from the sea, unless it’s done by a very high integrity, high sort of consciousness company.
One thing we want to understand about this extract is that it’s basically a raw juice concentrate, meaning the kelp hasn’t been cooked, heated, or pasteurized. It’s been “juiced” so that all the indigestible fiber is separated off, and all that’s left are the alginates, glycol-nutrients, trace minerals and other nutrients that give the kelp its medicinal/nutritive effects.
Radioactive Protector and Detoxifier
I really consider this to be a tonic and a food that’s of the highest order because it’s so mineral dense and it is really close to its natural, pure state, and it’s served up in a form that is extremely bioavailable and easy to digest. In that way it exerts a positive effect on so many different systems of the body. For example, the alginates in this extract act by moving through our digestive system and pull heavy metals, radioactive materials, and other toxins from our body, and then bind to them so we can naturally and safely excrete them.
A lot of people really get into some sort of cleanse, or chelation, or things which are very stressful and depleting on the body, whereas the kelp is nutritive because of its minerals and alginates which safely bind and escort these things out of the body so we don’t have to deal with the weird herxheimer reaction-“detox symptoms”, and all the weird things that people associate with getting the crap out of the body. It’s not like this is a new thing. It’s not like I’m making this up or making some lofty sales pitch. This is traditionally what seaweed has been known to do for a long time. There’s actually a fairly significant and substantial amount of research demonstrating the benefits of consuming seaweed for protection from radiation and for helping rid the body of these elements.
Many people in case studies and testimonials who’ve had their levels tested before taking kelp noticed drastic reductions in these heavy metals after a period of time. We’re all living in the modern world. We’ve all breathed in car exhaust. We’ve had all sorts of things that we’ve been exposed to. Pretty much everyone has these things. It’s just a natural part of the world we live in right now.
The question is what we can do to easily mitigate and protect ourselves from accumulating an unbearable amount of them. A lot of people believe that diseases of all shapes and sizes have their roots in mineral deficiencies, and also the bioaccumulation of toxic material that reaches a point to where the body can’t deal with it anymore. The tables are really turned and the body goes into a sort of malevolent cycle of health. We want to keep a benevolent cycle of health, so we want to keep our energy up to keep these things out of our body.
These heavy metals wreak havoc on our nervous system, our endocrine system, and can sometimes plug into receptor sites in our body that actually should be replaced by real nutrients and minerals that are nutritive and supportive. For example, iodine is a mineral that has a real affinity for thyroid. Sometimes accumulated radioactive and toxic material binds to those sites in the thyroid. Then people develop all sorts of weird issues.
That’s where seaweed can really shine through as a nutritive and a protective element because it can help remove these things from the body safely and gradually over time. From there, it contains bio-available amounts of organic iodine, which can nourish the thyroid and nervous system, which allows us to develop more of our actual capability.
Also, you have to look at the energetics of kelp and where it has to grow, where it has to survive, which kind of gives it a higher constitution, and that leads to a sort of stronger vitality with more jing. Typically, with the two criteria of having many minerals and a food that’s wild, we understand that kelp’s going to have more jing, chi, and energy to transfer to the body.
Kelp can be very thermogenic for some people. It can help our metabolism balance out and get into a better place, and help the body burn fat in a much more intelligent way, which is why a lot of diet supplements that are out right now are weird seaweed extracts. They pick out one chemical, like fucoidan or laminaria (or one of the particular glyconutrients), and hyper-concentrate that and say it’s a dietary supplement that will make your body more thermogenic. Yes, people do achieve results with this, but they’re kind of missing out on the full spectrum of the nutrition that kelp offers. That’s some 50 or more minerals that we all need plus all the alginates (which help us detoxify), plus the organic iodine (supports our thyroid health and helps with the whole endocrine system and prostate ovaries).
I think this is one of the best “herbs” or “super foods”, but I really consider it just a nutritive food.
Benefits of the Glyconutrients
Glyconutrients would be long chain sugars or sugar nutrients. These are things like polysaccharides. If you’ve studied herbalism at all you’ve probably heard of the glyconutrients or the polysaccharides in the medicinal mushrooms. Those have a great affinity for the immune system, balancing the immune system, and decreasing inflammation. Kelp does contain some polysaccharides and other glyconutrients. They have a strong affinity for reducing gastrointestinal inflammation and for helping to stimulate the repair of epithelium and aiding in the integrity of the mucosal membranes in our gastrointestinal system. A lot of people notice that bowel movements improve, their digestion improves, energy improves, and simulation improves.
This seaweed extract is ultimately one of the most exciting products because it works for so many people. It’s something that we really all need. It comes with a vast amount of cultural and historical evidence to support it, whether it stories of people who were at Hiroshima or Nagasaki and ate large amounts of seaweed and weren’t that affected by the radiation, or people in Russia saying the same thing, or Russian research showing the same thing. A lot of the longest lived cultures that have the lowest cancer rates ever recorded consumed vast amounts of seaweed as one of their staple foods.
There are many problems presented when it comes to actually consuming seaweed and consuming enough to get a therapeutic amount. For my personal tastes, my lifestyle, I kind of prefer this extract because I can take the capsules, it’s completely bioavailable, unpasteurized, and it’s more so a juice concentrate of raw kelp. I’m able to get a high dosage of the alginates and other trace minerals in a really simple and effective way.