What is Bladderwrack?
Bladderwrack is a brown seaweed that has been used for centuries to regulate thyroid function. It has a reputation for relieving chronic joint pain or arthritis. Bladderwrack (also known as Rock Weed) grows abundantly in the North Atlantic.
How to use Bladderwrack seaweed
The most common uses of Bladderwrack are as an ingredient in a therapeutic tea, to make tinctures & poultices, and to cleanse & nourish the skin. The gel from the bladders can also be used as an effective & natural sunscreen.
When using Bladderwrack in the kitchen, it has a mild salty taste that will reduce the need for salt in recipes and round the flavour by adding a ‘seafood’ hint to the dish, especially fish parcels. Use Bladderwrack to make stock.
It is not necessary to rehydrate Bladderwrack but rinsing it in fresh water will reduce saltiness and preserve the moisture in the recipe.
What are the health benefits of Bladderwrack seaweed?
Bladderwrack is high in iodine and vitamins B, C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many anti-oxidants. Bladderwrack is best known for it’s anti-inflammatory effects, especially for rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis. Recent research indicates other benefits associated with Bladderwrack to be lower cancer rates, better vision and uses as a natural therapy for the treatment of obesity & cellulite.
Bladderwrack also contains a compound called fucoidan, a polysaccharide said to have anti-tumour properties, and alginic acid, a substance known to scavenge heavy metals and radioisotopes throughout the body. Tasmanian research has found that Fucoidan Bladderwrack could be an effective treatment for some inflammatory bowel disorders.
The fibre is prebiotic, therefore feeds good gut bacteria, essential to a healthy gut function.
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Where is Pacific Harvest’s Bladderwrack from?
Pacific Harvest Bladderwrack is imported from France, where it is sustainably harvested from the wild. It is tested for contaminants.
Warning – using Bladderwrack seaweed.
Bladderwrack is high in iodine so please take care to read nutritional information on the packet or consult a professional prior to using if you have thyroid issues