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Kelp supplements for bones

Does anyone use kelp supplements or weed itself for bone nutrition. It contains plenty of Vitamins and minerals. Its not something Australian culture seems to pursue but many countries do harvest kelp and other seaweeds and consume. There appear to be warnings about the amount of iodine especially if you have thyroid problems, but this appears to be from supplements rather than the weed itself. It also acquires heavy metals if these are in the water around. Has anyone directly prepared kelp collected from the sea?

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I don’t know anything about kelp, but the endocannabinoids in cannabis and CBD have a role in bone production:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/213...

Curcumin can also increase bone density by up to 7%

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/295...

Hope this helps, Rosey

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Thanks Rosey, very interesting, I will read the detail and research these

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I have read that kelp is a good source of vitamins and minerals for bones. I do know that plant based calcium is much better absorbed than the usual rock based supplements.

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Thanks Mialee, I had not thought of this aspect, I will let the board now once I find how to cook/prepare the fresh kelp/lettuce

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I buy a calcium supplement that is from raw algae. It also has plenty of mag, vit. d and k.

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So raw algae as opposed to rock based stuff or cooked algae? It looks like drying is the first stage for things like kelp

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That sounds about right. Maybe you would need to soak it first to remove salt, then dry. I’ll bet you could google how to handle it. Good luck!

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My Mum died earlier this year, aged 94. She was diagnosed with Osteoporosis when in her seventies and started taking kelp supplements then, her OP didn't really give her problems until her 92nd year, she never had a fracture even though through blindness she had several falls and many bumps! I understood her scan results didn't really show any bone detrition (but she didn't have a scan in the last few years when it probably would have show up). In her opinion Kelp suited her and the calcium tablets didn't!

Kelp does seem as fashionable at present, good luck with your research.

Posy White

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Thanks, many countries do harvest from the ocean, Australia does not appear to, so I might not have much competition, but also no role models to follow

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Sorry last comment show read - Kelp does NOT seem as fashionable at present, good luck with your research.

Posy White

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That’s interesting. I personally haven't tried these, so cannot speak from experience of taking them.

I’ve always been wary of supplements harvested from the seas, especially anywhere near shorelines, because of all the toxic industrial/ farming waste, like heavy metals, that get into the rivers/ seas. You only have look at the sorry state of some of the coral reefs, due to pollution, to realise how far it travels.

I surpose if you can find kelp growing in isolated areas where pollution is less likely, it’s worth giving it a try.

Best wishes

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I live in Perth Australia, we are remote from anywhere, so I am hoping any kelp I collect will not get too much effluent, however I need to check what the lead/arsenic levels are like off our coast before I start collecting some kelp and also make sure Idont overdose and prepare it properly.

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Levels of contaminants like lead arsenic etc are measured by the uptake from mussels, used as a 'mine canary' and these are published somewhere, I just have not found the actual results yet - hopefully I can believe them.

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I didn’t know that mussels were used as an indicator.

While on holiday in Scotland, our Scottish guide said he would never eat farmed salmon because of all the chemicals they are subjected to. The only salmon I buy now is the tinned Wild Alaskan Red salmon, for the high protein, D3, Ca and omega 3 content. According to Mercola this is about the safest, but like all food, unless home grown and your ground is OK, you are at the mercy of the person printing the label.

Best wishes

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In any case, to be honest; given how dangerous the prescribed drugs are, this has got to be far less threatening in every respect!

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I use stinging nettle and oatstraw infusions that I make in a quart jar every few days. No heavy metals that way. 2 cups of the steeped infusion give you the full calcium requirement as well as magnesium and other minerals and vitamins necessary for absorption. 1 cup dried herb to 1 quart boiling water, steep overnight. Google this herb, you’ll be impressed. Oatstraw is also good.

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