Latin name: Fucus vesiculosus
Health Benefits of Bladderwrack
It may have a funny name, but this member of the kelp family has been used for centuries, mainly to stimulate the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity. Bladderwrack is a natural seaweed that grows along the Northern coastline of the US. Other health benefits include:
- Relieves constipation and diarrhea.
- Minerals nourish and cleanse the skin of toxins which helps with dryness and wrinkles.
- Boosts metabolism which helps with weight loss and possibly cellulite.
- Regulates hormones.
- Due to high beta-carotene content, helps improve eyesight, and helps slow down macular degeneration and prevent cataracts.
- Aids in digestion and heartburn.
- Anti-inflammatory properties helps with rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.
- Boosts thyroid function due to high iodine content.
- Contains a fiber called Fucoidan which has anti-tumor properties and aids in lowering cholesterol and glucose levels.
Nutritional Benefits of Bladderwrack
- High in iodine and beta-carotene.
- Also high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, fiber, bromine, sulfur, and iron.
- High in some B vitamins.
How to Use Bladderwrack
- For internal use, drink as a steeped tea, or powder in capsules.
- Used externally also (usually in skin-care products) to nourish the skin or to relieve joint pain.
Cautions and Side Effects of Bladderwrack
- Do not use during pregnancy.
- Avoid if you have hyperthyroidism, are allergic to iodine, or have a blood clotting disorder or are on blood thinners.