Bladder-wrack (Fucus Vesiculosus, fucus) is used primarily because it is a high source of iodine. Bladder-wrack has been used traditionally to treat an under active and oversize thyroid and to treat iodine deficiency. Bladder-wrack is also rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and it contains other trace minerals.
Bladder-wrack contains numerous phytonutrients, which are credited with its many health benefits:
- Bladder-wrack has antiestrogenic effects and has been known to lower the risk of estrogen-dependent diseases
- bladder-wrack lowers lipid and cholesterol levels and support weight loss.
- its mucopolysaccharide phytonutrients inhibit skin enzymes from breaking down in the skin, reduce skin thickness, and improve elasticity.
- bladder-wrack has also shown anti-candida, antibacterial and anti-tumor properties.
- bladder-wrack is used as a natural iodine supplement.
Bladderwrack is a form of kelp that has been used medicinally for centuries. The main use of the herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite. The high iodine content of the herb stimulates thyroid function which boosts metabolism. It has a reputation helping relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis and may be used both internally and as an external application for inflamed joints.
Bladderwrack is used as a natural iodine supplement, and one 580 mg capsule contains around 155 percent of iodine’s recommended daily value. It is interesting that the Japanese intake of iodine is 1000–3000 mcg per day without any side effects. Origin: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, North Sea, Baltic Sea General commercial dose: One 580 mg capsule General dosage: One capsule daily