What are the benefits of bladderwrack?

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Bladderwrack, also known as fucus vesiculous, grows in both the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is rich in nutrient and contains a fair amount of magnesium, potassium, and micronutrients. Micronutrients are often not found in many other foods we normally eat.

One nutrient it contains is iodine. Iodine is an essential nutrient for the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack has been used in traditional natural medicine to help support the thyroid for years. This is considered helpful for those that have hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid. In truth, there needs to be studies to confirm this, but anecdotal reports suggest it can be effective.

The best way to take this is in capsule form. Have your blood checked, and look for underactive symptoms to improve (symptoms like constipation, feeling cold, dry hair, raised cholesterol, and slow thinking) and your blood thyroid levels to normalize.

Because bladderwrack is harvested in the ocean, you want make sure you check the labels to make sure it was harvested in clean water and is contaminant-free. People who have overstimulated thyroid conditions should not take bladderwrack.

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