Common Names: Alga Noruega o Nudosa, Algue Laminaire, Ascophylle Noueuse, Ascophyllum Nodosum, Atlantic Kelp, Black Tang, Bladder Fucus, Bladder Wrack, Blasentang, Chene Marin, Cutweed, Fucus, Fucus Vesiculeux, Fucus Vesiculosis, Goemon, Kelp, Kelpware, Kelp-Ware, Knotted Wrack, Laitue de Mer, Laitue Marine, Laminaire, Marine Oak, Meereiche, Norwegian Seaweed, Quercus Marina, Rockweed, Rockwrack, Schweintang, Sea Kelp, Seawrack, Tang, Varech, Varech Vesiculeux.
Scientific Name: Fucus Versiculosis L., Laminariaceae, Algae Family
Common Uses: Thyroid problems, including an over-sized thyroid gland (goiter), Iodine deficiency, Arthritis, Achy joints (rheumatism), “Hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), Digestive problems, “Blood cleansing”, Constipation. Some people also apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites.
*Warnings: Bladderwrack is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It may contain high concentrations of iodine, which could cause or worsen some thyroid problems. Prolonged, high intake of dietary iodine is linked with goiter and increased risk of thyroid cancer. Treatment of thyroid problems should not be attempted without medical supervision. Like other sea plants, bladderwrack can concentrate toxic heavy metals, such as arsenic, from the water in which it lives. LIKELY UNSAFE during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Don’t use it. Iodine allergy: Bladderwrack contains significant amounts of iodine, which could cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people. Don’t use it. Surgery: Bladderwrack might slow blood clotting. There is a concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking bladderwrack at least 2 weeks before surgery.
Origin: Thrives in the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the rocky shores.