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Kelp Clinical Studies

Study #1


“Short-term dietary supplementation with kelp significantly increases both basal and poststimulation TSH. These findings corroborate previous studies on the effects of supplemental iodide given to euthyroid subjects for a similar period.”


[C.D. Clark et al, Effects of kelp supplementation on thyroid function in euthyroid subjects, Endocr Pract. 2003 Sep-Oct; 9(5):363-9]  


Study #2


“Referenced data indicate that marine algal dietary fiber may show important functional activities, such as antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticoagulant effect, antitumor activity, and an important role in the modification of lipid metabolism in human body.”


[Stuart Thompson, Kelp Abstracts, Nutritional Composition, Elemental Analysis, and as a Food Adjuvant, Gaia Research Institute (2006) at http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/kelp.html]


Study #3


“The thyroid must trap about 60 mcg of iodine each day to maintain an adequate amount of thyroxine.3 Sources include most sea foods, unrefined sea salt, kelp and other sea weeds, fish broth, butter, ground beef, dark leafy vegetables, and dietary supplements (multiple vitamin/minerals and seaweed extracts). Requirements for iodine vary widely.”


[A.H. Ensminger et al. ref, Kelp, at lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/yhst-65052264226661/cf055.pdf]


Study #4


“Fucoxanthin is only contained in brown seaweeds such as kelp, hijiki, and wakame seaweed in small quantities. It is a type of non-provitamin A carotenoid and it belongs to xanthophyll. Fucoxanthin has the allene structure and epoxide and hydroxyl groups as shown in Fig. 5. As studies on functionality of carotenoids as health food are actively carried out lately, functionality of fucoxanthin has been clarified as well. As a result of the studies, fucoxanthin has been reported to have activities to prevent obesity and diabetes1-6...”


[Oryza Oil & Fat Chemical Co. LTD, Fucoxanthin: Dietary ingredient for prevention of metabolic syndrome, antioxidation and cosmetics, Oryza (2008), at www.oryza.co.jp/pdf/english/Fucoxanthin


Study #5


“Since the ocean receives runoff from the entire earth, it contains all known minerals, trace elements, and vitamins. This primal supermarket supplies a more complete diet for sea plants than any plot of rich soil or fertilizer provides for land plants. Seaweed contains 60 or more minerals and several plant hormones.”

[Arthur Wallace, Kelp Studies Scientific & Technical Support: Biostimulants, Wallace Laboratories (2000) at www.inharmony.com/why_organic/SEA%20KELP%20LR.pdf]  

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