Kelife™ (Norwegian Seaweed) tablets, provided by
Douglas Laboratories, contain 500 mg of processed
seaweed harvested from the cold, clean, nutrient rich
waters of the North Atlantic. Seaweed is not only rich
in iodine and other minerals, but also in immunomodulating
Seaweed is rich in vitamins, including B-12, and
minerals, especially iodine. Iodine is a structural
component of the hormones thyroxin and
triiodothyronine. These hormones control metabolism
throughout the body. Proper functioning of thyroid
metabolism depends upon optimum dietary levels of
iodine. Iodine deficiency, goiter, is a worldwide health
problem. The World Health Organization estimates
that over 800 million people are at risk.
Seaweed has been traditionally used to treat a variety of
functional disorders, ranging from goiter to
constipation. Recent scientific studies indicate that
seaweed may also be an effective stimulator of the
immune system, as well as a detoxifying
agent. Seaweed’s polysaccharide content, e.g. fucans,
seems to be partially responsible for some of these
Japanese studies have demonstrated seaweed’s
inhibitory effect on several carcinoma models.
Fucoidan, a polysaccharide of 30% sulfated L-fucan,
was inhibitory in the Ehrlich transplanted carcinoma
model. Seaweed was shown to suppress the
proliferation of 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)-anthracene
(DMBA)-induced mammary tumors in rats. In this
breast cancer model, the investigators suggest that the
seaweed’s iodine may be partially responsible for the
anticarcinogenic effect. Iodine transported into the
breast tumor may initiate apoptosis via expression of
TGF-beta. Some have hypothesized that the low breast
cancer incidence in countries consuming significant
amounts of seaweed is due to the dietary iodine.
Laboratory studies have suggested that seaweed’s
antiproliferative action is associated with pheophytin-a,
chlorophyll-related compound. In these studies,
seaweed was very effective in inhibiting both initiation
and promotion in the DMBA mouse skin model. Other
cancer models demonstrating inhibition by seaweed
include the Lewis lung carcinoma and the
diethylnitrosamine (DEN) hepatocarcinoma model.
Other benefits of dietary seaweed include protection
against radiation injury as it reduces thyroid uptake of
Adults take 1 tablet daily, or as directed by physician.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light.
Keep out of reach of children.