Scientific name: Laminaria Japonica
Other names: Algue Brune, Brown Algae, Brown Seaweed, Kelp, Kombu, Laminaire, Limu, Makombu Thallus, Sea Girdles
Part used: stems
Origins & Properties
Laminaria arrived in China from Hokkaido, Japan in the late 1920s. Once in China, Laminaria was cultivated on a much larger industrial scale.
Laminaria species have long, flat blades and are usually between 1 and 3 meters (3.3 and 9.9 feet) long. The stipe (primary stem) superficially resembles the stem of land plants and is flexible and somewhat elastic.
Laminaria contains iodine, an element that the body needs to make thyroid hormones. It is also a rich source of iron and potassium. Some people use laminaria as medicine.
- Detox properties: Helps capture polluting elements and heavy metals
- Digestion: Helps with constipation
- Cardiovascular: Helps with high blood pressure
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