Stimulating the immune system and preventing and treating infection is a challenge in ailments ranging from allergies, colds and flu, yest and fungal infections. Seaweed and kelps literally thrives in a sea of potential harmful microbes, yet it rarely succumbs to any sort of disease. Kelp is known to defend and protect itself from a whole host of infections and diseased states. Japan and China cultures have long utilized the therapeutic benefits of seaweed and kelps for healing wounds and decreasing inflammatory response and studies now confirm that it is the bioactive substance in brown seaweed fucoidan that is responsible for the reduction in inflammatory response. Seaweed and kelps also offers protection against bacterial, viral, yeast and fungal infections.