Botanical Benefits Kelp, brown seaweed, is considered a Superfood by many due to its naturally high content of iodine and other essential macro and micro vitamins and minerals. This nutrient rich sea vegetable is rarely consumed in the American diet, leaving many without a daily dose of essential iodine. Kelp and other seaweeds are a staple in traditional Asian cuisines. Iodine is essential to support and protect thyroid from damaging radiation. Radiation in our environment is found in many forms, and is almost impossible to avoid. Iodine bound to thyroid cells prevents the uptake of radiation that can destroy the thyroid. Iodine is also beneficial to breast and prostate health. The healthy action of the thyroid is imperative for regulating metabolism, endocrine function, healthy brain development, and mental function.