Kelp seaweed - new superfoods for 2014 - Women's Health & Fitness

Kelp

What is it?
“The queen of the ocean, this is a mineral-rich seaweed,” Wolfe says.

What do you do with it?
Not just for home-made sushi, kelp can be added to pasta, pizza, baked goods (for an alternative take on spinach muffins) or mixed into your omelette or falafel.

How much to take?
One to three teaspoons of kelp powder daily.

Is it super?
“Yes, this is a great source of immunity-supporting, digestive-friendly polysaccharides including the essential antiviral, antifungal, memory-improving sugars xylose, fructose and galactose,” espouses Wolfe.
“Overall, kelp is the best natural source of thyroid-nourishing and endocrine-protecting iodine.
 “Additionally, kelp is rich in demulcent fibre (jelly-like fibre), which actually helps heal the digestive tract,” Wolfe says.
A 2003 double-blind clinical trial by the University of New Mexico Health Science Center supports Wolfe’s statements. During the study, 36 healthy participants with normal thyroid function were randomly assigned a non-kelp control supplement, low-dose kelp supplement or high-dose supplement. Scientists discovered short-term dietary supplementation with kelp significantly increases both basal and post-stimulation TSH, meaning kelp supplementation could help correct thyroid issues.