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Nutrional info on Kelp

Kelp contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, iodine, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, and selenium etc. over 60 minerals in all. It also contains 17 amino acids:

Amino Acids
(% of Total Amino Acids):
Alanine 5.52,
Lysine 4.24,
Arginine 5.4,
Methionine 1.07,
Aspartic Acid 9.88,
Phenylalanine 3.54,
Cystine 1.49,
Proline 3.71,
Glycine 5.70,
Serine 4.92,
Glutamic Acid 12.03,
Threonine 4.60,
Hystidine 1.29,
Tryptophan 1.68,
Isoleucine 3.26,
Tyrosine 3.52,
Leucine 5.63,
Valine 3.51.

Kelp also contains important Vitamins such as B1, A, B6, B12, D, E, and K. and contains plant growth hormones –auxins, cytokinins and gibberellins



Atlantic Sea Kelp for Horses & Sheep

Kelp Granules
Botanical Name: Ascophyllum Nodosum
Origin: USA (Atlantic Ocean)
Uses: Natural Health 
This is Atlantic Kelp harvested off the coast of Maine; known as Norwegian kelp, knotted kelp, knotted wrack or egg wrack. It is rich in iodine and complex minerals, and has a salty taste due to the presence of macro and micronutrients. This is granulated (like a coarse sugar), so it can be sprinkled on foods and used like table salt.

Benefits of supplementing Kelp granules

  • Supports animals with IR symptoms (insulin resistance)
  • Helps to relieve nervous tension
  • Promotes & supports healthy Thyroid gland function
  • Promotes and supports a healthy immune system
  • Promotes & supports overall health, skin, hair, hooves and nails
  • Promotes & supports a healthy metabolism
  • Helps to detoxify the body of heavy metal salts

This Kelp is an excellent source of organic, bio-available minerals, vitamins, and proteins for your pets and livestock. It is easily accepted and eaten free choice. We recommend feeding at 1/2 -1 oz. per day for a 1000 lb horse. Our 3 lb bag is a 48 day supply.

For sheep we recommend 1/2 - dry ounce per day, or 2% mixed in their grain ration. Sea kelp can also be added to chicken feed and dog food. This is a human food grade so you can enjoy it yourself sprinkled on salads and other foods.

3lb bag $19.95

Sea Kelp :  Price: 19.95
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Nutritional Chart

Nutritional Analysis of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
based on 7g whole leaf sea vegetables

Alaria Dulse Kelp Laver Sea Lettuce Daily Value (RDI)
Alaria esculenta Palmaria palmata Saccharina latissima Porphyra umbilicalis Ulva lactuca
Protein g 1 2 1 2 1 50g
Fat g 0 0 0 0 0 65g
Carbohydrates g 3 3 3 3 3 300g
Calories cal 18 18 17 22 19 2000 cal
Fiber g 3 2 2 2 2 25g
Calcium mg 77 15 66 13 0 1000mg
Potassium mg 535 547 784 188 196 3500mg
Magnesium mg 64 19 63 26 105 400mg
Phosphorous mg 35 29 30 29 Not Tested 1000mg
Iron mg 1 2 3 1 1 18mg
Sodium mg 297 122 312 113 224 2400mg
Iodine µg 1162 1169 3170 98 27 150µg
Manganese mg 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.24 0.28 2.0mg
Copper mg 0.01 0.03 0.01 0.04 0.13 2.0mg
Chromium µg 10 10 20 10 9 120µg
Zinc mg 0.24 0.20 0.20 0.29 0.15 15mg
Vitamin A IU 594 46 39 300 Not Tested 5000 IU
Vitamin B1 mg 0.04 0.01 0.04 0.04 .01 1.5mg
Vitamin B2 mg 0.19 0.13 0.17 0.21 0.05 1.7mg
Vitamin B3 mg 0.74 0.13 0.25 0.41 0.19 20mg
Vitamin B6 mg 0.44 0.63 0.60 0.78 Not Tested 2.0mg
Vitamin B12 µg 0.35 0.46 0.18 1.23 Not Tested 6.0µg
Vitamin C mg 0.41 0.44 0.29 0.84 Not Tested 60mg
Vitamin E IU 0.34 0.12 0.19 0.36 Not Tested 30 IU
Please remember that all the statistics in this chart have only relative significance. The whole plants provide much more than the sum of their parts.
Recommended Dietary Daily allowances, or RDAs are determined by the National Academy of Sciences as nutritional guidelines for "good" health for "most" people in the USA. These macronutrient guidelines are determined by assuming that an adult male's recommended daily energy intake of 2300 calories is derived from 10% protein, 30% fat, and 60% carbohydrate, according to U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Ranges of recommended daily intakes are provided by the Academy where there is insufficient information on which to determine an exact RDA. Figures in both categories are for a middle aged, middle weight, American male.
These nutritional assays were done by the Silliker Laboratories of New Jersey and the Plant and Soil Analytical Lab, University of Maine at Orono.

Kelp supplies nutrients needed by the body

 Studies (see sources listed below) indicate that kelp contains more vitamins and minerals than any other foodstuff! The trace-mineral content (potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron) is among the highest of any known single source, but it's the iodine content in kelp that makes it especially good for your mental and physical health. Kelp was traditionally used as a remedy for thyroid gland diseases, caused by iodine deficiency. It is noticed, that people and animals  living near the sea and consuming sea food, including kelp, are less likely to develop hypothyroidism.

Why is this? Iodine is an essential element and participates in almost all vital processes in the human body. Iodine stimulates thyroid gland function, assists in making thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body, converting food to energy, maintaining body temperature. They regulate the function of cardiovascular system, and are important for the nervous system, for the body’s growth and fertility, for its resistance to the harmful environmental agents. 


DETOXIFY: Kelp and Brown algae  are known to help detoxify the body, to get rid of different toxins, radioactive nuclides, salts of heavy metal; help to relieve nervous tension; are useful in reducing the symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome; help to normalize heart function; improve overall health.

 MINERAL/VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT: Kelp is also a rich source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. And since vitamins and minerals in this plant are in natural organic form, they are easily assimilated. Much of the mineral content in our soil today has been depleted due to aggressive farming techniques, which means the vegetables that grow in that soil may be lacking in nutrients. But the ocean is a reservoir of minerals and nutrients, and kelp contains many of the minerals needed for sustaining good health.
Kelp is an excellent source of iodine that is traditionally used as a dietary supplement. The high content of iodine helps to normalize the thyroid gland function and the production of thyroid hormones, essential for the body’s vital activity. Symptoms of iodine deficiency are often subtle. They are not specific, which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. Common symptoms include: weakened immunity, apathy, fatigue, weight gain, decreased skin elasticity, hair loss, and nail fragility. The iodine requirement depends on age and physiological state of the body.

 How does it Work in the Body?

Basic active ingredients of Ascophyllum nodosum are iodine, alginic acid, and fucoidan.  

Iodine is an essential part of thyroid gland’s hormones. Thyroid gland produces thyroxin (Т4), which contains four iodine atoms. In peripheral tissues thyroxin is converted into triiodothyronine (Т3), which contains three iodine atoms. Iodine enters the body with food and water; it is easily picked up by thyroid gland from blood stream and used for hormone production. More than half of iodine that entered the body is removed with urine.  Thyroid gland is a very small organ that weights 15-20 grams; it is located on the anterior surface of the neck. Thyroid gland with the other glands constitutes the endocrine system that produces hormones. All endocrine glands are in close interaction with each other, and this explains why with a little insignificant shift in the function of one organ, that leads to changes in the whole body. In spite of the small size of thyroid gland, the hormones that are produced there are participating in practically all metabolic processes of the body. The main function of the thyroid gland is to normalize cell metabolism. The thyroid gland’s hormones stimulate metabolism in basically all cells, and regulate all processes in the body – respiration, digestion, sleep, movement, and all inside organs’ processes – from heartbeat to reproductive system.
In healthy people the thyroid gland also participates in weight control of the body. With increased food consumption thyroid gland activity also increases, Т3 production intensifies, which speeds up metabolism. And vice versa – with decreased food consumption thyroid gland activity reduces, and metabolism slows down.

 Kelp contains alginic acid, the source of dietary fiber. Alginic acid is a hydrophilic substance that is able to absorb water and increase in volume up to 25 times. Due to this property kelp fills up the stomach, regulates the appetite, helps to decrease the body’s weight, and slows down the carbohydrates and fat absorption. Besides this alginic acid has a positive effect on gastrointestinal system during constipation and diarrhea. According to the results of the clinical trials on animals, alginic acid helps decrease “bad cholesterol” level. (2)

Fucoidan - one of the active ingredients of Ascophyllum nodosum is also a source of dietary fiber. The research showed that fucoidan possesses the following qualities: decreases the cholesterol level (2), decreases the blood glucose level (3), demonstrates anti-inflammatory action (4), has anticoagulant properties (5), and antibacterial (6) effect.

 Sea vegetables have been used for centuries in Japanese and Chinese medicine for treatment of cancer. The consumption of seaweed, particularly the kelps, might be a factor in the lower rate of breast cancer found in postmenopausal women in Japan. It has been noted that many sea vegetables contain significant amounts of lignans, more than legumes, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. These lignans become phytoestrogens in the body and bond preferentially to the estrogen receptor site. Thus they may have preventative value against cancers in which estrogen plays a part, such as breast cancer.

individual intolerance, hyperthyroidism, thyrotoxicosis.

thyroid gland hypofunction, residence in endemic regions, weakened immunity, inertia, apathy, increased body mass, premenstrual syndrome, decreased skin elasticity, hoof or  nail fragility, hair loss, poor accsess to organic minerals.



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