Bladderwrack Benefits | Thyroid Health & Metabolism
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a species of brown seaweed that thrives in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean, and the North Pacific Ocean. Bladderwrack is one of the highest iodine-containing sea vegetables commonly used for thyroid health and improving metabolism.
Low Thyroid Function | Weight Loss | Skin & Hair Health
Bladderwrack is rich in iodine, an essential nutrient for many body functions but, most importantly, thyroid health. It is believed that consuming Bladderwrack and other iodine-rich foods maintains healthy levels of vital nutrients and improve the absorption of iodine due to the synergistic effect of other trace minerals present in Bladderwrack.The thyroid gland needs enough iodine to produce the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones help regulate metabolism and support nervous system health.
Weight Loss & Metabolism
Bladderwrack has been found to increase metabolism and weight loss via stimulating thyroid hormone production. One of the causes of metabolic syndrome and weight gain is low thyroid function. Bladderwrack is a rich source of fucoxanthin, which is currently being investigated for its potential to reduce fat mass. In addition, Bladderwrack also has diuretic actions, useful for the relief of bloating, water retention, and potentially reducing the appearance of cellulite. In 2016 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) stated that although there is no conclusive research on the effectiveness of bladderwrack extract, there is evidence that they have been safely used for weight management and improving metabolism for many decades.
Bladderwrack Typical Use
Dried Herb & Powder
1 heaped teaspoon of Bladderwrack powder mixed in herbal tea, soup, stews or smoothies.
Tincture & Liquid Extract
Typical use of Bladderwrack tincture or liquid extract is approximately 5-10mls daily, or as directed by your practitioner.
Best avoided by people with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and cardiac problems. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications, please consult your primary healthcare practitioner prior to use.
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