Bladderwrack powder is filled with minerals that help nourish and cleanse the skin of toxins that cause dryness, wrinkles and excess fluid retention, Because bladderwrack contains iodine, it provides a variety of benefits for thyroid health. As a thyroid stimulating property, bladderwrack may also regulate thyroid function and metabolism, Bladderwrack may also be used to help reduce inflammation and pain in joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis, in both internal and external forms of application and ingestion.
WHAT IS BLADDERWRACK USED FOR?
Bladderwrack is one of the highest iodine containing sea vegetables known. The iodine in bladderwrack is present in the form of di-iodotyrosine (DIT) which is a normal precursor of the Thryoid Hormones T4 (Thyroxine) and T3 (tri-iodothyronine). T4 is manufactured by the condensing of DIT and thyroid peroxidase enzyme in the follicular luminae of the thyroid gland. The naturally occurring source of iodine makes Bladderwrack a great choice in the support of a healthy functioning thyroid gland when more iodine is required for optimal function. Also of interest is the high amount of fucoidin found in Bladderwrack. Fucoidans and Fucans are sulfated polysaccharides found in most brown seaweeds. These substances have been researched for modulating a healthy inflammatory response, and have shown strong properties for supporting a healthy immune system and intestinal flora. It is also recognized as a source of other naturally occurring minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.
Bladderwrack powder can be used as a seasoning in stews, soups and salads as well as in smoothies.
Bladderwrack Tincture: Traditionally Taken 2-3ml, 2-3 times per day, or as directed by a Herbal Practitioner.
Folklore and History
With a long history of traditional use, Bladderwrack was mentioned by the Greek physician Dioscorides in his “De Materia Medica”, where he recommended it for “gouty afflictions” and inflammation.
The Romans used this seaweed to soothe joint pains and as a treatment for tuberculosis.
In magical folklore, Bladderwrack is a herb of protection – especially for those sailing across the ocean. It was also used to increase psychic powers and for protection against mental derangement.
Bladderwrack contains iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, minerals, trace metals, phenolics, phloroglucinol, fucophorethols, phlorotannins, mucopolysaccharides, algin, lipids, and sulphuryl-, sulphonyl- and phosphonyl-glycosyl ester diglycerides.
People with an iodine allergy should not use Bladderwrack. If you are taking any prescription medications, especially in the case of thyroid disorders, please consult your healthcare professional before consuming Bladderwrack.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. Not to used while nursing. Not for use in persons with hyperthyroidism