Despite its rather odd name, bladderwrack (botanical name Fucus Vesiculosus ) is a surprisingly versatile and useful herb, that has provided medicinal uses for centuries.
A form of kelp (or seaweed as it is commonly known), bladderwrack is rich in iodine and is probably best known for its benefits for thyroid health. Known to increase metabolism, this is a popular herb to treat an over- or under-active thyroid as well as for obesity and general weight-loss.
Due to its high concentrates of minerals, used externally, bladderwrack has also been known to treat skin conditions such as cellulite, chronic dry skin, burns and wrinkles. Hence, not only can it be found in over-the-counter supplements, but in bath salts and facial scrubs too.
This wonder-herb also offers anti-inflammatory properties and has proved particularly beneficial in treating rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, and inflamed joints (when applied externally).
Bladderwrack is also rich in align (a type of dietary fibre) which provides relief from constipation by encouraging movement of the stool through the bowel, as well as diarrhoea and heartburn.
Kelp has been found to reduce the risk of certain cancers, particularly estrogen-related strains, by inhibiting cell growth and multiplication.
Vitamins and Minerals
According to herbwisdom.com- bladderwrack is rich in iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulphur, silicon, iron and some B-complex vitamins. It contains moderate amounts of phosphorus, selenium, manganese and zinc and small amounts of vitamins A, C, E and G. It also contains the anti-sterility vitamin S as well as vitamin K. It is rich in algin and mannitol, carotene and zeaxantin with traces of bromine.
Warnings: Too much iodine can result in hyperthyroidism so beware of overdosage. This information does not replace medical advice. Please consult a medical practitioner for individual diagnosis.