Seaweed is a very broad term that is used to describe the many marine plants and algae of the world’s waters. Kelp is actually a subgroup of seaweed and is also the largest form of seaweed.
Kelps contain all the minerals that our body needs and have the highest number of vitamins, minerals and trace elements compared to any other food group!
Kelp, Laminaria extract
Laminaria is packed full of iodine which stimulates the thyroid gland to cause a boost in metabolism. This regulates the body’s energy production while burning excess fat.
Kelp is packed full of minerals like calcium (10 times more than milk), potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium and manganese. It also contains a whole slew of vitamins like vitamins A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, K, along with pantothenic acid, folic acid, and niacin.
It has all of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids your body needs to recover after strenuous activity. And it is known for strengthening hair, nails and teeth.
Sodium alginate (from Kelp)
Alginate forms a gel-like substance in the stomach which influences hunger signals by encouraging satiety. This also means there is less space in the stomach to fill before you feel full.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a double-blind study whose findings indicate that supplementing with alginate may increase weight loss by as much as 36%.
Studies by the Newcastle University suggest that alginate, may be able to reduce fat absorption by as much as 75% and decrease fat intake by as much as a third. This is done by blocking the action of the digestive enzyme pancreatic lipase, whose job it is to break-down fat.
ID-aIG™ - a natural brown seaweed extract (Ascophyllum nodosum, also a Kelp!)
In short, it induces significant weight loss. The boffins over at Nexira have worked out this super seaweed extract has some amazing weight management properties. It is packed full of long chain marine polyphenols called phlorotannins.
In vitro study shows that phlorotannins block more than 50% of the activity of the two main digestive enzymes, lipase and amylase. This inhibition reduces carbohydrates and fat assimilation. In short, it induces significant weight loss.
In May 2010, Nexira conducted a preliminary clinical study on 60 overweight women, with a daily dose of 400mg of ID-alG™ over 2 months.
Weight-loss observed with ingestion of ID-alG™ was directly correlated with fat mass reduction. An average of 2.8kg weight loss was observed, as well as interesting trends on body shape improvement.
Significant and lasting effects were observed as early as eight weeks after initial consumption with body fat mass loss (- 1.9 kg) and shape improvement (- 2.4 cm on waist, -1.7 cm on hip and -0.9 cm on thigh circumferences).
A sub-group of 28 volunteers composed of women with a BMI (Body Mass Index) > 25 and aged 45+, when weight management could be a challenge, was detailed.
*Remarkable results were revealed with 3.6 kg of body weight loss, waist reduction of 2.7 cm and hip reduction of 2.9 cm.
These compelling weight-loss results confirm the favourable and safe effect of ID-alG™ on lipid and carbohydrate storage and metabolism as well on control of caloric intake and body fat mass.
It's a natural and effective weight management tool, plus it has no side effects.
Kelp Me Advanced contains an impressive 500mg of ID-aIG™ in each recommended serving size.
A water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the konjac plant, Glucomannan is a proven and safe supplement to aid weight loss and lower cholesterol levels, when taken as part of a calorie controlled diet.
The low calorie bulk-forming fibre absorbs water and takes up space in the stomach by swelling to form a gel-like substance which promotes a feeling of fullness (satiety).
It also slows down the absorption of food in the small intestine, which leads to blood sugar levels and insulin production becoming regulated.
As there are fewer peaks and crashes in blood sugar levels there are fewer cravings for food to compensate for low blood sugar levels i.e less snacking!
Glucommanan is a prebiotic that boosts the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut and can also help you become more regular. It is particularly effective for weight management before meals. Use between meals if you are after its gut health properties.
Plantains can help suppress appetite when taken before meals.
Scientific studies in Italy and Russia have deduced that plantains naturally minimise the absorption rates of lipids in the human intestines. They also lower the rates of bad fats and triglycerides in the body.
Cinnamon is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules with an unpaired number of electrons that can damage your cells and tissues.
It reduces cholesterol levels – in particular, lowering bad cholesterol while leaving good cholesterol the same.
By helping to reduce blood sugar levels it can help reduce damage caused to the heart by excess sugar consumption.
Turmeric contains curcumin which has powerful beneficial effects on inflamed/sore parts on the body and is a strong antioxidant that helps fend off free radicals which can age skin prematurely.
Turmeric naturally detoxifies the liver. When your liver is hampered with toxins, your skin can appear puffy and congested.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols and nutrients which can: help improve brain function, reduce the formation of free radicals, increase fat burning and boost metabolic rate and help lower blood sugar levels.
Clinical studies conducted by Dr. Abdul Dulloo, from the University of Geneva in Switzerlands concluded that green tea weight loss programs raise metabolic rates and speeds up fat oxidation. You can read that research here.
CoQ10, a vitamin-like nutrient, is naturally produced in the body and is a key element in energy production and antioxidant protection.
It assists in maintaining the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, helps assure circulatory health, and supports optimal functioning of the heart muscle.
Probiotics & Enzymes
Probiotic Blend: Lactobacillus - acidophilus DDS1, Bifidobacterium (Longum, Breve and Infantis)
Probiotics are live microorganisms, which include a wide variety of good bacteria and other microorganisms found naturally in the digestive tract.
The gut is where digestion happens and where most of your immune response occurs. Linked to everything from weight control to mental wellbeing, gut bacteria is vital to our health.
The probiotics provided in Kelp Me and Kelp Me Advanced aim to:
- Aid the immune system
- Improve digestive function
- Help improve bowel health and associated health ailments like IBS
- Fight food-borne illnesses
- Lower cholesterol
- Help during a weight management programme
Enzyme blend: (Protease, Amylase, Lipase and Bromelain)
Digestive enzymes help your body break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so that your body can use the nutrients contained in these foods.
When a diet consists of overcooked and processed food, rich in sugar and low mineral values, the body begins to suffer from a serious lack of fresh, viable enzymes.
Taking enzyme supplements between meals helps the body manage the many environmental toxins, pollutants, and stressors that most of us encounter every day.
The enzymes provided in Kelp Me and Kelp Me Advanced aim to:
- Aid digestion
- Help to balance pH
- Reinforce nutrient acquisition to replenish important nutrients on a regular basis
- Promote timely elimination of toxins through the colon, kidneys, skin, and lungs
- Decrease the incidence of improperly digested food becoming toxic in the body
- Promote blood circulation, cellular vitality, and overall health and wellness
This powerful antioxidant is somewhat of a wonder vitamin, it helps reduce tiredness and fatigue, and supports the immune system pre and post intense exercise.
Vitamin C aids the blood vessels, skin, teeth, bones, gums and the nervous system.
Vitamins A, E and D3
An antioxidant that aids the immune system and helps strengthen skin and helps vision.
An antioxidant that helps to combat a stressful lifestyle.
Aims the immune system and helps the intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc.
B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin)
Overall this group of B vitamins will work away together helping to boost your energy, aid the nervous system and help reduce any feelings of tiredness and fatigue.
They also help strengthen your nails and hair, metabolism, while helping to regulate both the digestive system and hormonal activity.
- Aids skin, hair, nails, vision, bones, immune system, cognitive function, testosterone concentrations in the blood
- Protection of cells from oxidative stress
- Normal use of fatty acids in the body
- Reduction in tiredness and fatigue and provides energy
- Improves cell production
- Aids nervous system, muscle function and teeth and bones
- Aids immune system, thyroid function and spermatogenesis
- Maintenance of hair and nails
- Protection of cells from oxidative stress
- Reduction in tiredness and fatigue
- Aids formation or red blood cells and haemoglobin
- Aids oxygen transport around body, immune system and cognitive function
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels
*Disclaimer - Results may vary from person to person.