For those unfamiliar with sea moss, the differences and terms can be confusing. Bladderwrack is sea moss after it’s been dried and packaged for use. It’s been described by many as having a leathery feel. Bladderwrack can be consumed whole, but most individuals prefer to utilize it as a tea by adding a teaspoon of bladderwrack in a cup of hot water and allowing it to steep for at least 10 minutes.
Categories as a sea vegetable, bladderwrack contains one of the highest levels of iodine available. It’s a type of algae, colloquially known as seaweed. The plant contains small, air-filled pods that enables it to float, hence the name bladderwrack.
It’s been attributed as being the first plant that the ancients turned to as a source of readily available iodine and was used as a medicinal for multiple purposes. One of the first mentions of sea moss in Western medicine was in 1898 in “King’s American Dispensatory” by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D. and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph.D.
A form of large algae, it’s found growing in oceans around the world in various forms. Bladderwrack is safe to use in small doses. However, pregnant women and those that are breastfeeding shouldn’t use bladderwrack and neither should those that have existing thyroid problems due to its high iodine content.
Bladderwrack contains 92 of the 102 minerals the body needs for optimal health. It’s rich in antioxidants that aid the body in neutralizing free radicals that cause damage at the cellular level. Bladderwrack has natural antiviral properties and contains a wealth of vitamins.
The aquatic bounty is known for its ability to increase metabolic rate for weight loss, supporting the immune system, promoting healthy skin by stimulating collagen creation and aiding in healing wounds. Bladderwrack is used as a recovery drink after intense workouts and the many vitamins and minerals support brain function.
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