Kelp for Healthy Hair

kelpKelp is used by many herbalists as a mineral supplement. It is called “herb from the ocean” or referred to as a sea vegetable. It falls under the Protista family of the Six Kingdoms of Life.

Kelp is one of the fastest growing plants, second only to bamboo. It grows several centimeters daily. Giant kelp can grow up to 100 feet in one year and up to 2 feet in one day.

Kelp is very rich in nutrients. It is 10 times richer in minerals than any known land crop. Kelp contains over 60 minerals and elements, 21 amino acids, simple and complex carbohydrates and several essential plant growth hormones.

It is rich in iodine, calcium, sulphur and silicon. It also contains phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, copper, zinc and manganese. It has a small amount of barium, boron, chromium, lithium, nickel, silver, titanium, vanadium, aluminum, strontium, bismuth, chlorine, cobalt, gallium, tin and zirconium. Kelp is also rich in B-complex vitamin and contains vitamin A, C, E and G. It also contains anti-sterility vitamin S, and it has anti-hemorrhage vitamin K.

Many of the abovementioned minerals are vital for optimum hair growth. These nutrients are carried to the dermal papilla through your blood. The more nutrients in your blood, the more nutrients can be supplied to the hair follicle. Kelp is known to prevent hair loss, and there are claims that it can regenerate hair if the follicle is still alive.

Another important component of kelp is alkali. Alkali helps your body maintain the balance between acid and alkaline. Our body’s normal pH is around 7. Your body’s pH balance is dependent on the food you put into your body. When you are sick, eat a lot of low quality foods or consume a lot of foods with high pH, to prevent your body from becoming more and acidic. Taking alkali into your body by taking kelp will help you stay balanced and healthy.

If you do plan to take a kelp supplement, take only one or two tablets a day, and take 2 days off a week and a week off each month.

Those suffering from hyperthyroidism or have heart problems should not use kelp.  If you want to begin taking kelp but are not sure if it is right for you, please contact your physician before adding this supplement to your diet.

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