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Inflammation and stress are considered risk factors of many chronic diseases. Including antioxidant-rich food in the diet may help prevent them. Kelp is high in antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids, which help fight against disease-causing free radicals.

Antioxidant minerals, such as manganese and zinc, help combat oxidative stress and may help protect cardiovascular health and prevent cancer.

Recent studies have explored the role of sea vegetables in estrogen-related and colon cancers, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. Results suggest that kelp may help slow the spread of colon and breast cancers.

Studies on isolated cells indicate that a compound found in kelp called fucoidan may also help prevent the spread of lung cancer and prostate cancer.

However, there’s no strong evidence that kelp can help reduce the risk of cancer in people.

Kelp is low in fat and calories.

It also contains a natural fiber called alginate. Studies suggest that alginate may help stop the gut from absorbing fat.

A study published in the journal Food Chemistry found that alginate could help block lipase — an enzyme that digests fat — by up to 72 percent Trusted Source. Food manufacturers use alginates as thickening agents in weight loss products, beverages, and ice cream.

Kelp may also have potential for diabetes and obesity, although research is still preliminary.

A study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity, and MetabolismTrusted Source found that a carotenoid compound in the chloroplasts of brown seaweed called fucoxanthin may promote weight loss in people with obesity when combined with pomegranate oil.

Studies also suggest that brown seaweed may influence glycemic management and reduce blood glucose levels. This could benefit people with type 2 diabetes