- Seaweed & Algae
Giant kelp forests create thriving marine ecosystems, while their rapid growth of up to 18 inches (45 cm) per day makes them exceptional carbon sinks. By absorbing significant amounts of carbon dioxide, kelp plays a vital role in mitigating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Kelp, a type of brown algae, offers significant health benefits. Firstly, it is a nutrient-dense food, providing essential vitamins and minerals. With its high iodine content, kelp supports thyroid function and helps regulate metabolism. Additionally, kelp is rich in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, as well as fucoxanthin, which combats oxidative stress and inflammation, promoting overall well-being. Furthermore, studies suggest that compounds found in kelp, such as fucoxanthin, may aid in weight management by boosting fat metabolism and reducing fat accumulation.
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