Sea kelp has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits, especially in Asia and, in particular, Japan. The wrapping of sushi is actually sea kelp. What else do you know about sea kelp? Well here is our low down.
Where does it come from?
Sea kelp comes from the sea - yes it's seaweed. It is an edible seaweed that is rich in minerals and vitamins, especially iodine. Kelp can be eaten raw which is a bit of an acquired taste or taken in supplements - I bought the powder once but to be honest, the smell was so strong, I wished I had bought the supplements.
Kelp can also be applied topically in skin and hair care products.
Kelp is part of the everyday diet in many cultures, particularly Japan. It is used in soups, in salads, as a garnish, in sauces and in cakes.