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Botanical: Fucus vesiculosis Other common names: Seaweed, Brown Seaweed, Black Tang, Seawrack, Sea Oak, Rockwrack, Wrack, Rockweed, Bladder Fucus, Kelp Country of Origin: Canada Bladderwrack and other seaweeds are a great gift from the sea. This remarkable source of iodine has been used extensively in the treatment of thyroid gland disorders, including goiter...
Botanical: Fucus vesiculosis
Other common names: Seaweed, Brown Seaweed, Black Tang, Seawrack, Sea Oak, Rockwrack, Wrack, Rockweed, Bladder Fucus, Kelp
Country of Origin: Canada
Bladderwrack and other seaweeds are a great gift from the sea. This remarkable source of iodine has been used extensively in the treatment of thyroid gland disorders, including goiter and low-metabolism-related obesity. It is used in spa treatments as a seaweed rub for softening the skin, improving circulation and promoting a healthy glow. Bladderwrack may also be helpful for good digestion, as well as provide relief in cases of osteoarthritis and other joint ailments.
Bladderwrack, like other seaweeds, is a rich source of iodine and, as such, serves as a thyroid tonic. If this critical element is lacking in the diet, the deficiency may lead to thyroid malfunction, causing an underactive (or overactive) thyroid gland. Bladderwrack is said to nourish the thyroid gland and so maintains healthy metabolism and balanced glandular function. Goiter, a swelling of the thyroid related to lack of iodine, and hypothyroidism are both said to be effectively treated by the use of Bladderwrack.
When obesity is a direct result of thyroid disorders and low metabolism, Bladderwrack may be of some help in weight control by boosting the thyroid's metabolism. There have been some reports that Bladderwrack can also reduce cellulite deposits. Because of its high iodine content, many nutritionists assume that by stimulating thyroid function, Bladderwrack will increase metabolism and the rate at which the body uses energy and, consequently, decreases fat deposits.
Bladderwrack is considered a mild laxative. The alginic acid in the herb swells upon contact with water to increase fecal bulk and has also been used in controlling diarrhea.
Bladderwrack is considered to be a digestive demulcent (soothing agent) and has been used to ease reflux and heartburn. It is believed that its algin content forms a gel within the intestines that coats and soothes the intestinal lining. Moreover, that same alginate content also swells upon contact with water and when taken orally, it forms a type of "seal" at the top of the stomach, inhibiting reflux back into the esophogus, and for this reason is used in several over-the-counter preparations for heartburn and GERD (acid reflux disease).
As a metabolic stimulant, Bladderwrack has been thought to be useful in cases of fatigue and convalescence.
Bladderwrack has a reputation as an anti-inflammatory for relieving rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis when used internally. When used externally, it is also a topical application for the relief of inflamed joints. In 2010 phase I and II clinical trials from Australia, an extract from brown seaweed (Fucus vesiculosis) was shown to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis by up to fifty-two percent, suggesting great promise for joint health.
Used topically, Bladderwrack is used to soften the skin and is included in creams, lotions and used in spas. It is very popular in the west of Ireland (where it grows profusely) and is rubbed on the body to stimulate circulation, promote soft skin and a healthy glow, and it is also used in slimming treatments and on cellulite patches.
Those who are suffering from hyperthyroidism, have heart or kidney problems or are pregnant or nursing should not use this product. Bladderwrack should not be taken in large amounts (many times the recommended dose), as it may increase pulse rate, cause tremors, hyperthyroidism and elevated blood pressure.
Taking Bladderwrack and medicines used to treat or prevent blood clots together may cause your blood to be too thin (clot less easily), making you bleed more than usual or bruise easily. If you are taking such medication (warfarin, coumadin, aspirin, etc.), do not take Bladderwrack.
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