Bladderwrack, which is really a nutrient rich form of kelp, has been used medicinally for centuries. The main use of the herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite. The high iodine content of the herb stimulates thyroid function which boosts metabolism.
Bladderwrack Constituents and Benefits:
Main Nutrients: Rich in iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, silicon and iron. High in some B-complex vitamins. Moderate amounts of phosphorus, selenium, manganese and zinc. Small amounts of vitamins A, C, E and G. Contains also anti-sterility vitamin S as well as vitamin K. It is rich in algin and mannitol, carotene and zeaxantin. Bromine is present.
Bladderwrack Benefits: Other specific ailments helped by this herb are: Adrenal glands, Arteries (cleans), Asthma, Birth defects (prevents), Colitis, Complexion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Digestion, Eczema, Fingernails, Gallbladder, Gas, Hair loss, Headaches, High blood pressure, Kidneys, Lead poisoning, Liver, Morning sickness, Nervous disorders, Neuritis, Obesity, Pancreas, Pituitary gland, Pregnancy, Prostate gland (tones) Radiation (neutralizes effects of), Skin, Tumors, Uterus (weak), Vitality (low), Water retention, Worms, Wrinkles.
-Bladderwrack, because of its fucose content, is a potent inhibitor of tumor cell invasion, with modest anti-tumor activity. As such, consumption of bladderwrack might offer a potential health advantage in cancer patients.