Kelp is composed of 60 elements, 16 amino acids and 12 vitamins. Providing an antioxidant effect, it attracts heavy metals and removes them from the body. It has been shown to improve thyroid stimulation and also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Feeding kelp is a very economical way to provide for most of the nutrients for horses. There is a percieved danger that iodine toxicities could occur when a horse is fed too much seaweed – but, if fed with care, kelp (seaweed) can provide unique benefits to a horse’s health. If fed correctly the level of iodine is way below toxic levels.
The full range of nutrients of kelp are also beneficial for dogs. Kelp has an advantage over other green feeds as it does not have cellulose encircling the cell wall – cellulose can be difficult for a dog to digest. Of particular advantage to dogs is the effect of coat color enhancement, and also very helpful for dogs with skin allergies and alopecia. It may take several weeks, but improvement in skin dryness and itchiness have been recorded. As it helps to improve metabolism, the energy level is increased and resistance to disease and assisting immune functions are other benefits.
Commonly used in herbal medicine to stimulate the thyroid function, it can also be effective in weight loss as part of a low calorie diet. The consumption of seaweeds has also been associated with lower cancer rates.
Kelp is anti-inflammatory, demulcent, emollient, protective against radiation, anti-cancer, anti-tumor, antibiotic, immuno-stimulant, anti-viral and soothing to intestinal mucosa.
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