NEWS: This superfood is now available in the SANEStore as a convenient whole-food powder so you can more easily enjoy it in smoothies and recipes.
Our raw organic Bladderwrack comes from the pristine and protected oceans of the North Atlantic. Whole leaves of organic bladderwrack are sun-dried and then ground into a powder at low temperatures.
Raw Bladderwrack seaweed is a rich source of mucilage, algin, mannitol, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, iodine, bromine, potassium as well as volatile oils. In addition, bladderwrack extract may have health benefits on a variety of conditions including those of the skin. Organic raw Bladderwrack powder like other sea vegetables is virtually fat-free, low calorie and one of the richest sources of minerals in the vegetable kingdom. Bladderwrack seaweed contains high amounts of calcium and phosphorous and is extremely high in magnesium, iron, iodine and sodium. This amazing sea vegetable is also a source of fucoidan, a polysaccharidic known to scavenge heavy metals and radioisotopes throughout the body.
Raw organic bladderwrack seaweed (Fucus Vesiculosus) is a brown seaweed and a great natural source of Iodine / Potassium iodide (KI). Iodine is a chemical element essential for the production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. Diets deficient in iodine may increase risk of retarded brain development in children (cretinism), mental slowness, high cholesterol, lethargy, fatigue, depression, weight gain, and goiter: a swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck. The natural Potassium iodide (KI) / Iodine from bladderwrack is absorbed by your body more slowly and safely than chemical or synthetic iodine. Further bladderwrack may helps promote an alkaline pH balance within the body and also boosts the immune system possibly due to its naturally high organic mineral content.
Iodine / Potassium iodide (KI), administered orally immediately after exposure to certain types of radiation, may be used to protect the thyroid from ingested radioactive iodine. But Potassium iodide (KI) would only be effective if the radiation contains radioactive iodine.
Raw Bladderwrack extract may also be excellent for heavy metal detoxification. It is a primary source of the polysaccharide known as alginic acid. Scientific researchers, including a team led by Dr. Tanaka at McGill University, have demonstrated that alginic acid binds with any heavy metals found in the intestines, renders them indigestible, and causes them to be eliminated. Heavy metals such as barium, cadmium, lead, mercury, zinc, and even radioactive strontium, that may be present in the intestines will not be absorbed by the body when alginic acid is present. What’s more, Dr. Tanaka’s research has shown that the alginic acid in sea vegetables actually helps bind and draw out any similar toxins that are already stored in our bodies, thus “lowering the body’s burden.”
Doctors Seibin and Teruko Arasaki, Japanese scientists who have published several books about sea vegetables, also report this cleansing property of alginic acid in their book Vegetables From the Sea. They conclude, “Heavy metals taken into the human body are rendered insoluble by alginic acid in the intestines and cannot, therefore, be absorbed into body tissues.”
Alginic acid swells upon contact with water; when taken orally, it forms a type of “seal” at the top of the stomach, and for this reason is used in several over-the-counter preparations for heartburn. The same constituent gives bladder wrack laxative properties as well Other proposed uses of bladder wrack include treating atherosclerosis and strengthening immunity, although there is no scientific evidence at present that it works for these purposes.
- Ability to scavenge chemicals, drugs, heavy metals & radioisotopes throughout the body
- Anti-aging properties
- May strengthen immunity
- Great natural source of Iodine / Potassium iodide (KI)
- Strengthens an underactive thyroid
- May fight heartburn
- May be helpful for inflamed joints when used internally or externally
- Helpful for women who have excessive estrogen secretion or predisposed to estrogen sensitive conditions
- Excellent source of bioavailable iron
- May improve cholesterol
- Antiviral, anticoagulant, & antithrombotic properties
- Contains fucoidans which may have anti-inflammatory benefits
- Natural source of the mineral vanadium which appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism & blood sugar
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