Sea kelp has long been a sought after ingredient for anti ageing creams
Sea kelp has had a lot of media coverage over the past few months, claiming it has amazing health benefits, with numerous products coming out containing it.
Here are some of the ways it may help you slow down time:
There has been evidence that suggests that the iodine in sea kelp helps decelerate the ageing process in blood cells as well asregulating the thyroid hormones. Kelp has high levels of seawater which isgreat to hydrate your skin, making it look fresher and younger.
Kelp is a group of large sea algae that is commonly referred to as seaweed. This amazing plant species has been used for many years by sea dwelling cultures. It is renowned for its powerful nutritional benefits.
Kelp is part of the brown algae family in the order of Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera of this form. In the 19th century, the word “kelp” was used to describe seaweeds that were burned to form soda ash (sodium carbonate).
Kelp grows in shallow, underwater oceanic forests. It depends on cool temperatures between 43-57 degrees F (6-14 degrees C). Some kelp species grow well over a foot a day and can reach heights of 250 ft. These kelp species are easily harvested due to their surface canopy and underwater growth rate.
Kelp is extraordinarily rich in alkaline buffering nutrients such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. It is also a phenomenal source of chlorophyll to boost blood cell formation and purify the body.
Kelp is considered the world’s most potent source of naturally occurring iodine. Some species have been known to concentrate iodine by up to 30,000 times the amount in sea water. Iodine deficiencies are becoming increasingly common throughout the world. The areas with the least amount of iodine deficiencies are typically coastal regions where seaweed is readily available. Iodine deficiencies are known to cause hypothyroidism and goiter formation. Kelp has been used for many years as a remedy for these problems.
The Japanese call several Pacific species of kelp Kombu. These cultures use Kombu in many traditional dishes such as soups, stews & sushi. Kombu is a powerful source of natural glutamic acid, which is a precursor to the body’s master anti-oxidant glutathione. Kombu is often used to soften beans during cooking and to help convert challenging sugars into a more digestible form, thus reducing flatulence.
Sea vegetables like kelp are also a great source of the mineral vanadium. Vanadium helps form the haloperoxidase enzymes that help provide a natural antioxidant defense, which has allowed these sea vegetables to flourish.
Vanadium is a critical trace mineral that enhances insulin signaling 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.
When it comes to face creams we love sea kelp as a additive combined with other ingredients such as baobab, blackseed, chia seed, and rosehip to enhance and achieve the end goal youthful beauty.