Does Kelp Cause Water Retention?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Nmae not given
Posted on: January 22, 2005

I heard that kelp can cause water retention is that true?

Kelp is a mild diuretic, so should decrease water retention when taken with food in the traditional way i.e when kelp is added to soups and stews, as it is traditionally used in ocean areas, where kelp is abundant. Taking kelp as a supplement can cause lots of problems if it is not taken under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. It is rich in iodine, which stimulates the thyroid gland, so is most commonly used medicinally for iodine-deficient hypothyroid disease. Symptoms of excess kelp intake are those of hyperthyroidism: anxiety, sweating, rapid heart beat, fatigue, menstruaal disorders. I don’t know specifically whether an excess of kelp can cause water retention, but the range of metabolic disturbances is wide.

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