Formal Name: Fucus vesiculosus
Supplement Forms: Plants, pills, leaves

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


The steep drops in the prices of kelp in Scotland forced many Scottish kelp farmers to immigrate to America. Kelp has been used as a nutritious culinary ingredient for centuries.

Bodily Functions Kelp Assists

Kelp is a seaweed that provides a bevy of necessary vitamins and minerals, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc, as well as vitamins B6 and C. In addition, kelp is known to improve the immune system, bolster liver function, stimulate metabolism, reduce hair loss, aide digestion, and lower cholesterol.

Foods High in Kelp

Kelp is a delicious ingredient in soups, stews, and salads. It can also be added to beans or stir fried with other healthy vegetables.

Ailment That Kelp Eliminates:
  • Treats goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland)
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Improves digestion
  • Kills herpes virus
  • Fights heart disease
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Individuals with an iodine allergy should not eat kelp
  • Some kelp may be contaminated with heavy metals
  • Excessive amounts of kelp may exacerbate thyroid disorders