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Organic Bladderwrack Kelp

Found in our product: Back to Greens


A type of seaweed used for thyroid disorders and iodine deficiencies. It is also used for obesity, arthritis, joint pain, arteriosclerosis, digestive disorders, heartburn, blood cleansing, constipation, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary tract disorders, and anxiety. Other uses include boosting the immune system and increasing energy.

It was the original source of iodine back in the 19th century. Iodine is an important modulator of our thyroid gland and can ensure that our hormonal and metabolic activities are under control. Therefore, it has become associated with treating many types of thyroid disorders because it stimulates the thyroid gland to increase hormonal output.

Bladderwrack has been praised as a weight loss tool for generations and now more people are starting to realize how beneficial it can be.

The high levels of beta-carotene make it an ideal solution for someone trying to improve their vision. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that directly neutralizes free radicals in the eyes and cornea. Essentially, it can help slow down macular degeneration and prevent the development of cataracts.

A popular use for bladderwrack over the years has been as an anti-inflammatory substance. Whether you are suffering from gout, arthritis, hemorrhoids, or skin irritation, it can successfully neutralize the irritation, reduce swelling, and even relieve pain. The internal and external uses of bladderwrack aid sore muscles and joints.

Fucoidan is a unique type of fiber that is found in high quantities within bladderwrack. Research has connected it with many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar levels, and having anti-tumor effects. Essentially, one of the functions of fucoidan is to regulate the substance necessary for cell reproduction and growth.

There are a number of different types of fiber found in bladderwrack, but one particularly important one is alginic acid, which relieves constipation and adds bulk to the bowels, promoting a smooth digestive process that is efficient in terms of nutrient uptake. Furthermore, this helps to relieve excess flatulence, bloating and cramping.

Research studies have linked bladderwrack with higher levels of HDL (“good cholesterol”), meaning that this beneficial herb can help you prevent atherosclerosis and other cholesterol-related afflictions. This can help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of strokes and heart attacks, and generally lessen the strain on your cardiovascular system.

Although we use small amounts please note the following: If you suffer from hyperthyroidism, then you may not need an extra boost of iodine. Also, some people are allergic to iodine, so large amounts of bladderwrack could be dangerous. Finally, if you are having surgery in the near future or suffer from a bleeding disorder, you should avoid bladderwrack, as it can make blood clotting more difficult. Check with your medical professional first if this includes you.