Seaweeds, or ‘kelps’ as the wild brown algae are sometimes called, are known to assist the acid-alkaline balance (1), have a prebiotic effect on the gut flora (2), help protect the gut lining (3), stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes (4) assist nutrient absorption and metabolism, and thus strengthen immunity. This verbal mouthful may nonetheless help explain why seaweed is recommended for natural digestive healing by among others, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride in her GAPS diet Foods to Choose (5) and Dr Robert Gray in the venerable Colon Health Handbook (6).
Clinical nutritionist Jonathan Tommey adds these ‘brown’ seaweed’s ability to bind and remove toxic metals (7), regulate fatty acid metabolism and electrolyte balance, restore dry skin and listless hair and improve circulation (8), as further specific benefits in autistic spectrum disorders where colon inflammation and dysfunction are especially common (9).
That certain varieties of these brown seaweeds provide in themselves a virtually complete balance of all the nutrients (10) also helps explain these claims for such a remarkably broad efficacy. In a conventional diet, a wide variety of foods is required on a daily basis for homeostasis and to perform thousands of complex functions – starting with digestion.