Top 5 Benefits of Bladderwrack and Sea Moss

There are several superfoods that originate from the sea, but two of them stand out as particularly interesting for thyroid function, Bladderwrack and Sea moss. They also have many other benefits. Bladderwrack is used in cooking in Japan, and as a flavouring in European cuisine. Sea moss, also called Irish moss, has been used to help with malnutrition as it’s rich in vitamins and minerals. Read on for these Top 5 Benefits of Bladderwrack and Sea Moss!

1. Help with thyroid disorders

Both Bladderwrack and Sea moss are particularly useful in case of hypothyroidism. They both contain hormone precursors that help the body to produce thyroid hormones. They also contain high levels of iodine, which further supports thyroid hormone production.

2. Enhances metabolism

By stimulating thyroid function, they indirectly help boost metabolism. They are therefore a good addition to a weight-loss diet.

3. Good for respiratory health

Irish moss has traditionally been used to treat pneumonia, and thanks to its high potassium content, helps to dissolve phlegm, catarrh and reduce inflammation.

4. Supports digestive health

Thanks to their rich fibre content, and alginic acid, they help relieve constipation, imbalanced digestion, and also help with gastric ulcers and colon cancer.

5. Anti-cancerous

Bladderwrack contains a specific type of polysaccharide called ‘fucoidan’ that appears to be effective in cancer treatment. Fucoidan enhances the immune system, and inhibits the formation of vessels used by tumour cells to feed them nutrients and oxygen.

So, where can you find these wonderful superfoods? You could harvest them yourself, but if you’re not the seasiding type, there are plenty of supplements available online to choose from, for example these Sea Moss and Bladderwrack capsules. You can also find them dried, in which case you will need to re-hydrate them for use in smoothies or for cooking. Sea moss is a particularly good thickener, while bladderwrack can be used as a seasoning in soups, stews, salads and smoothies. Make sure they have been harvested in non-polluted areas though.

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Sebastien Combret

Sebastien, from Alsace, France is a food enthusiast with a background in design. He loves to experiment with recipes and find ways to improve them. He's a die-hard culture-vulture having lived in Italy and China, and travelling throughout south-east Asia, Europe and North Africa. Now living in the UK, he's completed an MBA in environmental management, carried on into an MSc in International Innovation, launched a startup and is now going into research. He loves learning and researching science, all things culinary, cooking including of course eating (he's French afterall!) He also practices meditation, qi gong, yoga etc and is always ready to travel!

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