Seaweeds are known worldwide because of their numerous benefits and contribution to the human life and the environment as well. There are many types of seaweeds. And, among those types, one type is Kelp (also known as brown seaweed). It has several benefits for the human life because it is a good detoxifying agent and emulsifying agent. Additionally, Kelps contain the good amount of iodine, minerals, and vitamins that collectively help cure several types of deficiencies, disorders, and ailments by fulfilling the requirements of these life-saving elements. One such achievement of these brown algae for human beings is it helps cure the growth of the abnormal thyroid gland.
As you see, these brown algae are highly useful, you may be curious to know some of the interesting facts about it. So, let’s have a look at the benefits and the facts about kelps:
- They grow under the shallow ocean where the temperature of water is between 6oC -14o
- They are mainly found flourishing in the cold regions.
- They look like plants but they are not plants; they are algae with moderate to giant size.
- They do not have roots; therefore, they stick to the water surface and rely on the nutrients taken from the water, and also sunshine for which they grow up to the water surface.
- Similar to plants, these brown algae use sunshine using the photosynthesis to consume the nutrients taken from the water.
- They grow with furious speed of 3 to 5 meters a day.
- Kelps can grow from 100 feet to 260 feet.
- They generally grow in shallow water so that they can easily get the required amount of sunshine; hence, they are mostly found in the water bodies that are much deeper. As the depth increases, the chances to find these brown algae are reduced. Up to 131 feet, they are found easily.
- Kelps grow in the form of a group, resulting in a forest under the sea.
- These brown algae contains above 30 minerals such as iodine, calcium, sulphur, chromium, zinc, copper, chloride, magnesium, and many more, making them highly useful for animals and human beings as well.
- Their history is about 3 billion years.
- It is consumed all over the world, but the higher consumer is Japan. For over 1,500 years, Japanese people have included Kelps in their diet.
These are some of the interesting facts about Kelps that you may ever want to know. Are you curious to know more about these brown algae? Give your curiosity a tap when you visit any seashore with shallow and cold water.