1. For Thyroid
Back during the 19th century in the days before
modern medicine, bladderwrack was used as the
original iodine source for medicinal purposes.
Iodine is absolutely essential for the
health of your thyroid and to ensure that your
hormones and metabolism remain in healthy balance.
Because bladderwrack is
such a rich source of iodine, it can be used to
treat a variety of thyroid conditions which help
control your metabolic and hormonal balance.
Bladderwrack essentially works by stimulating the
thyroid and allowing it to produce sufficient
2. For Women’s
When it comes to female health, bladderwrack offers
plenty of potential. Iodine is necessary if
the thyroid is to do its job properly and produce
sufficient hormones. This is significant in
terms of women’s health as a lack of hormones can
function during pregnancy can have a detrimental
effect on both the mother’s blood pressure and
mental function of the unborn child.
Another function of
iodine its use for treating fibrocystic breast
disease , one of the leading causes of breast
cancer. According to studies, bladderwrack
has a similar function to soy in regulating a
female’s sex organs making it a safe alternative to
The same study linked
above found that bladderwrack helped women with a
history of short and light menstrual cycles.
Those who took 1.4g of bladderwrack each day
experienced considerably longer periods.
Moreover, women who took bladderwrack produced less
estrogen but increased their levels of progesterone.
Progesterone prepares a
woman’s uterus lining for fertilization each month.
Without sufficient amounts of the hormone,
they are unable to conceive.
Note however that there
are safety concerns regarding bladderwrack during
pregnancy and pregnant women should only take it
under medical supervision.
Bladderwrack has natural anti-inflammatory
properties and it has been used down the years to
treat various internal and external inflammatory
conditions. For people with painful joints
caused by conditions like gout or arthritis,
bladderwrack may be just what they need to ease the
pain and move more freely.
Bladderwrack can also help treat inflammatory skin
problems and hemorrhoids in a safe and natural way.
Depending on the type of inflammation you are trying
to treat, bladderwrack can be taken internally or
topically applied to the skin.
4. For Digestive
We are all aware of the importance of fiber as it
relates to overall health and digestive health in
particular. Unfortunately, that does not mean that
we take heed and get enough of it. Bladderwrack is a
great source of several types of healthy fiber
including a fiber called alginic acid.
Alginic acid has a very beneficial effect on
It can add bulk to the
food passing through the bowels help relieve
constipation. It also improves nutritional uptake
making the food we eat more beneficial to our
bodies. Bladderwrack can also help ease
bloating and flatulence while it is also considered
effective for painful stomach cramps and gastric
5. For Heart
According to research, bladderwrack can help
increase the levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol in the
blood. By improving your cholesterol, this
healthful seaweed can protect the heart from many
killer diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attack,
also have a knock-on positive effect on your blood
pressure especially in people with hypertension
which protects you from heart disease and means your
cardiovascular system is put under less strain.
6. Fiber Content
Bladderwrack contains large amounts of a unique form
of fiber called fucoidan. Fucoidan has been
linked to a number of different health benefits
including a reduction in cholesterol, reduced blood
sugar and may even have anti-tumor effects.
Fucoidan helps to
regulate the substance responsible for the
reproduction of cells and their growth. In
theory, fucoidan slows the growth of harmful cells
meaning that it can hinder the proliferation of
7. For Obesity and
As well as being high in fiber and possessing very
few calories, bladderwrack can stimulate the
metabolism making it a great way to lose weight.
If your body is functioning at a higher
level, it uses more energy and burns quickly through
its fat reserves.
people say that bladderwrack helps you to feel sated
and suppresses the appetite.
This means that you will eat fewer calories
throughout the day and in time….lose more weight.
Of course, there is no
cure all for obesity and simply adding one foodstuff
to the diet is unlikely to have significant effects
unless you use it as part of an overall diet and
8. For Better
As we have already mentioned, bladderwrack is a good
source of beta carotene. This is an antioxidant
pigment responsible for giving certain fruit and
vegetables their rich colors. Beta carotene
is known to improve eye health and vision by
neutralizing the damaging effect of free radicals on
the eyes. It helps to slow down the macular
degeneration that comes with aging and can prevent
cataracts from developing.
Bladderwrack has numerous valuable nutrients that
can help you feel and appear younger for longer. It
is also a great source of natural antioxidants which
are known to help your skin’s appearance.
Taking bladderwrack supplements can reduce the
appearance of age spots, wrinkles, and other
unsightly skin blemishes. It also helps to
tighten the skin and keep it more elastic even as
Not only do antioxidants improve your appearance but
they also help to combat the damage done to your
insides from the harmful free radicals we can’t help
but encounter every day. Natural
antioxidants of the type found in bladderwrack and
many other natural products can protect against
disease and even reverse the damage done.
10. For Diabetes
According to a study published in 2011, bladderwrack
may be useful for people with diabetes. The
study set out to evaluate the effects of brown
seaweed and bladderwrack on glucose and also insulin
levels following a meal.
The double-blind study
involved 23 patients of both sexes aged between 19
and 59. The researchers found that 500mg of
bladderwrack in capsule form helped to decrease both
insulin and glucose values. They also found
that it increases insulin sensitivity in response to
carbohydrate consumption and theoretically prevented
their uptake. Moreover, there were no adverse
side effects associated with the use of the
- Bladderwrack is
considered safe when applied topically but there
are some safety concerns when taking it orally.
- Make sure that you
take any bladderwrack supplements under your
- High iodine
concentrations may exacerbate existing thyroid
conditions and excess iodine has been linked to
thyroid cancer and goiter.
- Bladderwrack may
be unsafe during pregnancy or while nursing.
- Bladderwrack might
increase bleeding or bruising in individuals
with pre-existing bleeding disorders.
- For the same
reason, it should be avoided in the weeks
leading up to surgery.
- If you are
allergic to iodine..avoid bladderwrack.
Take one a day