Kelp has small amounts of iodine, which can be used to help prepare or support our body for The Iodine Protocol. Kelp also has various other nutrients, including but not limited to:
- Vitamin K1: 55 percent of the daily value (DV)
- Folate: 45 percent of the DV
- Magnesium: 29 percent of the DV
- Iron: 16 percent of the DV
- Vitamin A: 13 percent of the DV
- Pantothenic acid: 13 percent of the DV
- Calcium: 13 percent of the DV
- See more nutrients at https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168457/nutrients
These additional nutrients can help our body utilize and process iodine.
The small amount of iodine may help us start cleaning our cells out without getting into heavy detox yet. Starting with low vs high dose is debated, but after years of research and experience, I advocate for low and slow. I think kelp might be the best way to get started. If we have detox reactions to kelp, it’s a pretty good sign we’ve either got a lot of detox ahead of us, or a very clogged set of gene pathways.
What about the radiation in the oceans?
There is a pretty common opinion that kelp is toxic due to being harvested from oceans that contain radioactive toxins. I hate to break it to anyone reading this, but this whole planet is so toxic by now. We pump about 2,200 metric tons of mercury into the atmosphere each year.1 Mercury is one step below radioactivity when it comes to toxicity to life.
Not long after Fukushima, milk samples in the state of Washington had elevated radioactive iodine levels. Cows in the US are producing radioactive milk 2 weeks after reactors malfunctioned on the other side of the planet.. and we’re worried about kelp?
Some old ‘scientific’ information about kelp made it out to be loaded with toxins, but this information was eventually realized to be based on incorrect sample volumes 2
But Dr. Brownstein says kelp is toxic
I’ve seen a handful of people mention that Dr. Brownstein says kelp is toxic. I believe I’ve even seen people claim he said its unavoidably toxic. I assumed I would come across his comment at some point, but I finally had to look it up and dig in to figure out what people were referring to.
So far I’ve located one page with information related to Dr. Brownstein and Kelp.
“Kelp can be a good source of iodine plus other phytonutrients. However, kelp also can present some problems. I analyzed a kelp supplement from a leading manufacturer and found it was contaminated with extremely high levels of arsenic. When I tried to contact the manufacturer about the issue, they were not interested in my findings. If you are going to use kelp or any sea vegetables in order to increase your iodine load, it is important to ingest a product that is grown in a pure area.”3
Dr. Wilson reads people’s hair
Dr. Wilson has been reading people’s hair and adjusting their diet for decades. He tests products and how people respond to them. He also has a handful of people working under him that help pull this information together.
He used to recommend Nature’s Way, but has revised that and no longer recommends this brand.
He currently recommends: Endomet, Solaray, Country Life, Now, Ecological Formulas, Office Gudni Gudnason, Azure Farm, Solgar, Frontier Herbs, Monterrey Bay Herb Company and kelp from realrawfood.com.4
I haven’t looked into each of these but I noticed Soloray seems to have Folic Acid included in all of their kelp. I think folic acid should be avoided unless it has about 4x as much folate. Folate usually only comes from natural foods. Some people supplement with Folinic Acid. Read more about this at my other site https://sickoftired.com/folate
- Mercury Emissions: The Global Context – EPA – https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/mercury-emissions-global-context
- Arsenic in Herbal Kelp Supplements: Concentration, Regulations, and Labeling – Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Dec; 115(12): A574. doi: 10.1289/ehp.10360 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2137117/
- Different Forms of Iodine – https://www.newsmax.com/Health/Dr-Brownstein/article/2009/09/23/id/475378/