Kelp is the major source of vitamins and minerals that are often
lacked in our everyday diet. Boncho Gyeongsoron defines kelp
as Gonpo that enhances energy and blood circulation. Kelp
roots contain calcium that maintains mental stability and prevents
stress-induced hair loss. Containing about 50 kinds of minerals,
kelp can maintain nutritional balance and prevent hair loss. It
is also great for preventing health problems, such as hypertension,
stroke, constipation, thyroid gland problems, osteoporosis, heart
disease, skin infection, and diabetes. About a spoonful (10g)
of powdered kelp a day is known to control gastrointestinal and
hepatic activities to treat obesity and constipation. Donguibogam
writes that kelp was used to prevent arteriosclerosis and scurvy.
○ Geumil Kelp Festival
- Geumil-eup holds Kelp Festival on the Local Residents’ Day.
This festival is designed to promote the quality kelp produced
by the greatest producer of kelp in Korea in order to contribute
to the local people’s income. The festival is held at Geumil
Beach for two days and offers many things to see and taste. It
attracts a lot of tourists to promote the quality kelp of Wando.