The Health Benefits of Kelp


These days, health trends are all the rage. One nutritious food that has had an impact on the health community is kelp. Kelp is a kind of seaweed that grows close to the coastal areas of many countries all over the world. This lengthy brown algae grows in kelp forests, which can be found in both temperate and polar waters. Some kinds of kelp can grow extraordinarily fast—nearly half a meter per day!
近來,健康趨勢正盛。 海帶這種營養食物對健康社群大有影響力。 海帶是一種海藻,生長在世界各地許多國家的沿海地帶。 這種長長的褐藻生長於海帶林,可以在溫帶及極地水域找到。 有些種類的海帶可以成長得非常快速,一天可長到將近半公尺長!


The fact that kelp grows fast is a good thing, as many people can benefit from eating it. Kelp takes in many nutrients from the environment that surrounds it. People with low thyroid problems should be encouraged to eat more kelp, as kelp is rich in iodine. Iodine promotes not only a healthy thyroid, but also a healthy brain. Some kinds of kelp have close to 3,000 micrograms of iodine, which is considered very high.


To fight inflammation, which can lead to or aggravate chronic diseases, people can eat kelp for its antioxidants. Antioxidants found in kelp, like flavonoids and carotenoids, assist the body in fighting disease. The health of the heart and blood vessels can be improved if a person consumes vitamin C. Kelp also contains this.

為了抵抗可能造成慢性疾病或加重疾病的炎症,人們可以食用海帶攝取內含的抗氧化劑。海帶中發現如類黃酮與類胡蘿蔔素之類的抗氧化劑,有助於人體抵抗疾病的發生。如果一個人食用維生素C,也可改善心臟及血管健康 。海帶中也包含這項益處。

Anyone on a health kick should add a bit of kelp to his or her diet. Try some today!

Vocabulary 好字精選

1. community (n) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common社區,社群
The Italian community celebrated their culture.

2. seaweed (n) large algae growing in the sea or rocks海藻
Many fish can be seen swimming around the seaweed.

3. temperate (adj.) relating to or indicating a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures溫帶的
A temperate climate doesn’t get extremely hot or cold.

4. extraordinarily (adv.) extremely非常地,極端地,極為
Those shoes are extraordinarily cheap!   那些鞋子非常便宜!

5. inflammation (n) a physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful炎症,發炎
Due to inflammation in his hip, Joe couldn’t walk very far.

6. aggravate (v) to make an injury worse加劇,加重
Henry aggravated his knee injury by jumping. 

7. chronic (adj) (of an illness) long-term; persistent慢性的,長時間的,持續的
Diabetes is a chronic disease.

Phrases and Sentence Patterns 句型解析

1. all the rage (idiom) to be very popular at a particular time(一時)流行
Skinny jeans are all the rage these days.   緊身牛仔褲這陣子很流行。

2. have an impact on (phrase) to affect影響
The presentation had an impact on me.   演講對我有影響。

3. the fact that (phrase) 事實是…
The fact that Ken arrived late again indicates that he is quite a lazy person. 

4.on a health kick (idiom) currently enthusiastic about health  熱衷保健…
Sue’s really on a health kick lately.

Exercise 課後練習題

1. The town’s Christian _______________ is quite big.
2. There are many different kinds of _______________ growing in the ocean.
3. I prefer a _______________ climate because I don’t like it when it gets really hot.
4. Clarissa did _______________ well on her exam.
5. Mr. Pence had to take pain medicine for the _______________ in his shoulder every day.
6. You shouldn’t lift anything heavy because it will _______________ your injury.
7. Asthma is a _______________ disease that causes breathing problems.
8. That new hairstyle is _______________ recently.
9. The scary lion surprisingly didn’t _______________ the child.
10. _______________ no one remembered what happened made the teacher wonder if the students were telling the truth.
11. These days it seems like more and more people are _______________ because I keep hearing about nutritious food all the time.

1. community
2. seaweed
3. temperate
4. extraordinarily
5. inflammation
6. aggravate
7. chronic
8. all the rage
9. have an impact on
10. The fact that
11. on a health kick

Comprehension Questions 閱讀理解

1. Which of the following is true about kelp?
a. It only grows fast in polar waters.
b. It grows in the deep parts of the ocean.
c. It might cause thyroid problems, as it contains iodine.
d. It contains antioxidants that help fight inflammation.

2. Why does the writer mention iodine?
a. To point out the dangers of eating too much kelp.
b. To help explain why kelp grows so quickly.
c. To indicate why people with thyroid problems should eat kelp.
d. To emphasize the only health benefit of kelp.

1. 關於海帶的敘述,以下何者為真?
a. 它只在極地水域快速生長。
b. 它生長在海洋深處。
c. 它可能會導致甲狀腺問題,因為它含有碘。
d. 它含有有助於抵抗炎症的抗氧化劑。

2. 為什麼作者提到碘?
a. 指出吃太多海帶的危險。
b. 為助於解釋為什麼海帶生長如此之快。
c. 說明為什麼甲狀腺問題的人應該吃海帶。
d. 強調海帶唯一的健康益處。


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