Like many other popular vegetables, kelp is one that is lodged with nutrients that your body really needs. Apart from being a good source of some essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the health benefits of kelp are enormous.
Kelp is a type of large brown seaweed that grows around the world in shallow, nutrient-rich salt water – And its colour, flavour, and nutrient profile depend on the type of water where it grows. Kelp grows in shallow, underwater oceanic forests and it depends on cool temperatures between 43-57 degrees F (6-14 degrees C). With almost everyone being used to eating their regular greens, it makes us wonder if you have ever tried eating kelp, which produces a compound called sodium alginate.
Whether consumed raw, cooked, in powder form or as supplements, kelp is good for your health and may as well prevent diseases.
Why you should eat Kelp
You may already know why it is beneficial for your eat to eat wild fish but may have overlooked the fact that those yummy and highly nutritious wild fish, get their nutrients from consuming sea vegetable. Studies have shown that some of the world’s healthiest cultures are those that consume seafood and sea vegetables.
Therefore adding more kelp and other sea vegetables such as dulse, nori and kombu in your diet could be more options for improving your overall health. Kelp is highly rich in nutrients such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Looking to boost your blood cell formation? kelp being an excellent source of chlorophyll can do that and even purify your body.
What are the Benefits of Kelp?
As we mentioned, the health benefits of kelp in consumption is enormous so we trimmed it down to the six main benefits.
Superbly rich in Iodine
Experts have said that kelp is your number source in the world for naturally occurring iodine. Some species of kelp have been found to possess 30,000 times more iodine concentration that what is contained in seawater. With the high rates, Iodine deficiencies spring forth daily in the world, a good amount of kelp in your diet could be a good cover.
It will interest you to know that the least amount of iodine deficiencies are mostly coastal regions, where they easily eat seaweed. Hypothyroidism and goitre formation are common results of Iodine deficiency.
Consuming Kelp can boost Glutathione
In Japan, several Pacific species of kelp are known as Kombu. Kombu has been used by the Japanese in many traditional dishes such as soups, stews & sushi. Kombu is a natural source of glutamic acid and which is said to be a precursor to the bodies master anti-oxidant glutathione. Kombu can also help convert challenging sugars into a more digestible form and thus reduce flatulence.
As we grow older, our bodies lose glutathione, which helps keep the body adapting to stress, healing properly and preventing chronic disease, so if we naturally lose glutathione as we consume kombu, it can help to prevent against excess oxidative stress.
Kelp can control Blood Sugar
Kelp and other forms of seaweed contain what is known as mineral vanadium. According to experts, the mineral Vanadium helps form the haloperoxidase enzymes. What this does is to help provide a natural antioxidant defence that has allowed these sea vegetables to flourish.
Vanadium is a critical trace mineral that enhances insulin signalling and blood sugar balance by inhibiting the tyrosine phosphatase enzyme. This process also reduces glucose formation and enhances the body’s ability to store sugar in the form of muscle and liver glycogen. This is an important adaptation that helps the body withstand stress more effectively.
Kelp and other sea vegetables contain a group of polysaccharides known as fucoidans. Researchers are studying Fucoidans for their ability to reduce inflammation within the body — And they have been shown to reduce pain, fight viruses and prevent atherosclerosis.
Studies have also begun to determine these fucoidans can act as anticancer agents in preclinical development. You could also consider Thyroid Strong if you desire a thyroid supportive sea vegetable-based supplement. It is a combination of kelp, dulse, Irish moss and bovine glandulars to support the endocrine system.
Kelp can protect you from virus
Studies have revealed how these sea vegetables can block the typical binding sites for many viruses such as Herpes. When it does this, the virus is unable to replicate and when it doesn’t replicate, the viruses will not be able to survive.
Perfect for Blood Clot Reduction
These are also known for their excellent ability to reduce blood clots because they contain heparin (Coumadin), a popular medical agent which is used to reduce clots. While Heparin has been known to carry some dangerous side effects, when it occurs naturally in sulfated polysaccharides just like in kelp, it has no known side effects.
Where can you get kelp?
Clean waters of the Northern Atlantic and in particular the Maine coast are a healthy source for kelp. You could also get some dried kelp, snack on them or use it in soups and stews. Excellent for making your sushi or to flavour soups and stews.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested
The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr. Edu while sensitizing the residents of the area pointed out that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should go for test to know their status.
She went on to emphasize the need for leaders within the communities to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centres have been established in both communities.
She also reiterated the need to strengthen the health system and promote health within the communities.
PTF: Despite Presenting Negative COVID-19 Results, 40 Percent Of Passengers On A Single Int’l Flight Tested Positive
The Federal Government has raised the alarm over COVID-19 test results being presented by international flights passenger.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, raised the alarm while appearing before a joint Senate committee on health and aviation.
Ibrahim Oloriegbe, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations about COVID-19 test requirements.
Responding to the concern, Aliyu expressed that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for thereon arrival in Nigeria.
Aliyu said there was an instance in which 40 percent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results before boarding.
Speaking further, he justified the measure put in place for flight operations, while he also revealed that the validity period of test had been reduced to four days from the initial seven days to prevent repeat occurrences.
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