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sugary kelp (seaweed)

Laminaria saccharina (L.) Lamour.

Ламинария сахаристая (морская капуста) Ламинария сахаристая (морская капуста)

Botanical characteristics. Laminaria family. Seaweed, reaching a length of 13 m. The thallus is wide, brown in color, consists of plates, stem and base, is attached to the seabed with the help of rhizoid - root-like formations. Reproduced by sporangia, which are formed from July to October.

Spread. Forms extensive thickets in the northern and Far Eastern seas of the country, prefers stony ground. In addition to sugary kelp, for food and medicinal purposes, Japanese kelp and sea kelp are mined.

Used plant parts. Plate parts of thallus.
In seaweed a lot of iodine (up to 3%) and bromine, it contains vitamins, alginic acid, mannitol, laminarin and trace elements (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, cobalt, arsenic).

Application. Largely due to the content in the sea cabbage iodine and vitamins. For centuries, kelp has been used in China and Japan for the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease, as a tonic and life-prolonging agent.
It is used for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis, for gout, and for thyrotoxicosis, as a mild laxative.
The seaweed powder in the experiment has an inhibitory effect on the growth of malignant tumors.

Contraindications. Diseases for which iodine preparations are not recommended to be used: nephrosis nephritis, hemorrhagic diathesis, urticaria, chronic skin rashes, pregnancy, chronic rhinitis and tuberculosis.
With prolonged use in large doses of kelp can cause the phenomenon of iodism.

Cooking 1/2 teaspoon of grass powder is taken overnight with a glass of water (daily dose). You can sprinkle laminaria salads and vegetable dishes (1/2 teaspoon per day).