Kelp tastes salty, cold, and enters the liver, stomach, and kidney. It has the effect of eliminating water and water. Li Shizhen’s “Compendium of Materia Medica” records that kelp “controls water disease and tumors, and works with seaweed.” Modern research shows that kelp contains carotene, B vitamins, and essential nutrients such as calcium and iron; kelp contains a variety of pharmacological effects. Functional factors such as kelp starch (fucoidan), alginate (alginate), laminarin, algin, fucoidan, laminin and the like. With the deepening of scientific research, it has been found that kelp has a wide range of pharmacological activities.
Prevention and treatment of iodine-deficient goiter. Iodine is a raw material for the synthesis of thyroxine, which causes thyroid tissue hyperplasia when iodine is absent. Kelp is rich in iodine, which helps prevent iodine-deficient goiter.
Antitumor. The laminaria polysaccharide in kelp can kill tumor cells by activating macrophages, inhibiting tumor cell proliferation, inhibiting tumor growth by inhibiting tumor angiogenesis, and directly inhibiting tumor growth.
Anticoagulation. Both fucoidan and fucoidan in kelp have anticoagulant effects.
Buck. The antihypertensive effect of kelp may be related to the laminin and taurine it contains. Hypertensive patients can often eat kelp.
Reduce fat. Kelp can carry the fat in the chyme out of the body in the intestine, so it has a good lipid-lowering effect.
Hypoglycemic. Fucoidan in kelp is a good dietary fiber. After eating kelp, it can delay the gastric emptying and the passage of food through the small intestine, which helps control blood sugar.
Improve immunity. Laminaria polysaccharide is an immunomodulator. Studies have shown that kelp polysaccharides have a positive effect on the immune function of normal and immunocompromised mice.
Anti-radiation. Active substances in kelp can prevent the absorption of a variety of radioactive elements and harmful heavy metals, or the formation of insoluble compounds excreted.