Bladderwrack, Fucus vesiculosus, is a seaweed. It contains iodine, alginic acid, and fucoidan. Iodine is an essential mineral for the thyroid, uterus, breasts, and prostate. Alginic acid is a special type of fiber that can help with acid reflux and acts as a mild appetite suppressant. Fucoidan is a compound shown to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis, diabetes, and other inflammatory conditions. Fucoidan is known to have a variety of antitumor and antiangiogenic properties.
Not for use with hyperthyroidism or Grave's disease. Use cautiously with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and during pregnancy.