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Kelp – its benefits

KelpBy Pauline James

Kelp is a seaweed or brown algae, which grows in underwater ‘forests’ in the nutrient-rich and cool waters of shallow oceans, where the sun can penetrate.  This extraordinary product, which is one of the most nutrient-rich natural foods found anywhere in the world, grows rapidly at around half a metre per day and in total can reach up to 80m long, and is dried and provided in powder-form.  It is an excellent source of marine minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron, and also provides significant quantities of folic acid, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamin K, and many of the B group of vitamins.
This unique seaweed is also rich in iodine that boosts the thyroid gland, which in turn supports the growth of healthy plumage, and keeps a bird’s skin, beak and nails in good condition.  Kelp also supports the other glands in the body too, including the all-important pituitary gland, and serves to boost overall energy levels.  It also acts as a natural antitoxin and antibiotic, and is thought to help reduce the body’s ability to absorb fat, and could therefore help a more sedentary companion parrot keep trim.


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