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Organic Seaweeds

Harvested from the abundant depths of the Pacific Ocean, Seaweeds or Sea Vegetables offer a tremendous range of therapeutic possibilities both as a medicine and within cosmetics.
A little dried seaweed each day in food provides a simple and economical way for people to enjoy the numerous benefits Seaweed provides, and they may be found in many salt scrubs, bath salts, and creams. Mountain Rose Herbs works directly with several harvesters on the Pacific Coast who gather our seaweed by hand, and a strict emphasis is always placed on the sound and sustainable harvesting of this precious ocean resource.


Bladderwrack

PhotoBladderwrack Also available in a Powder.Bladderwrack

Also known as:
Fucus vesiculosus, Kelp, Ascophyllum nodosum, Black Tang, Bladder Fucus, Bladder Wrack, Blasentang, Cutweed, Fucus, Kelpware, Kelp-Ware, Knotted Wrack, Marine Oak, Meereiche, Quercus Marina, Rockweed, Rockwrack, Schweintang, Seawrack, Tang, Varech.

Bladderwrack is a brown seaweed harvested from cool ocean waters around world, easily recognized by its air-filled thalli or "bladders" that keep the plant afloat. Modern research reveals that bladderwrack can be an alternative to soy is supporting women's health.

Precautions:

Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. The alginic acid in bladderwrack creates a feeling of fullness that helps you eat less, but also interferes with the absorption of iron. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

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Dulse Flakes and Powder Profile

PhotoDulse Flakes Also available in a Powder.Dulse Powder
Also known as:
Rhodymenia palmata, Red Dulse, and Sea Lettuce flakes.

Introduction
Dulse is a red seaweed harvested in the cool waters along Atlantic coast of Canada and also along the shores of Ireland and Norway. Its fronds grow in tidal areas on rocks, shells, and the larger, longer, brown seaweeds. Dulse can be eaten raw, roasted, fried, dried, or roasted, or as a thickening agent for soups. In several traditions of European herbal medicine, dulse was used to remove parasites, to relieve constipation, and as a treatment for scurvy. It is a superior source of the iodine the body needs to make the thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine which affect weight and metabolic rate.

Precautions
Don't overdue, and avoid it entirely if you suffer hyperthyroidism. You only need a few flakes, or as little as a quarter-teaspoon a day, to get your mineral needs, and it is best to get your minerals from a variety of whole food and whole herb sources. Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

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Kelp Powder Profile

PhotoKelp Powder

Also known as
Laminaria digitata and Ascophyllum nodosum, Sea vegetable, Sea-Weed, Sea Frond and Atlantic Seaweed.

Introduction
Kelp is an underwater plant with a majestic form, deep green color and a high nutritional yield. Commonly referred to as "seaweed" this botanical beauty is not from the common "seaweed" but rather a different classification of plant entirely. Care and importance should be taken when consuming kelp and one should know its origin. Many of the world's oceans are suffering from pollution, so it is best to use a Kelp product from clean, pristine and protected ocean. Hawaii, Iceland, Canada, and the North West United States are all choice locations for quality Kelp products. Kelp is a great source of nutrients and can be added easily to any diet from both the digitata and nodosum varieties.

Precautions
Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

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Nori Profile

PhotoNori

Also known as
Porphyra spp, Nori Seaweed, and Pacific Seaweed.

Introduction
Nori is perhaps best known here in the U.S. as a wrap for sushi, but it has a long history of use in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Porphyra is a red seaweed that grows off the coast of Japan, where seaweed has always been an important food source. Like most seaweeds, Nori is very high in mineral content which accounts for up to 40% of its dry mass. The most important of these micronutrients is iodine * a very small portion of Nori provides well over the adult recommended daily intake of iodine, which is vital for proper thyroid functioning. In TCM, Nori is used to promote healthy circulation and to combat thyroid problems. Nori is also rich in carotenes, vitamin C and vitamin B12, which is seldom found in land plants. In Japan, herbal formulations containing Nori are used to treat ?soft swellings? such as goiters, and lung conditions. At 28% protein, Nori has more protein than sunflower seeds and wheat germ, both promoted as good sources of protein for those who eat no animal products. Its nutty, sweet-salty flavor makes it a popular addition to soups and salads.

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Sea Lettuce Profile

PhotoSea Lettuce

Also known as
Ulva Lactuca

Summary
One of the most familiar of shallow salt water seaweeds, sea lettuce is a favorite among manatees and humans alike and can even be used as an ingredient in ice cream. It is very high in iron, protein, iodine, manganese, and nickel.

Precautions
Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Use caution if suffering from hypothyroidism.

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Wakame Seaweed Profile

PhotoWakame Seaweed

Also known as
Alaria esculenta, Alaria marginata, Babberlocks, Bladder Locks, Edible Fucus, Kelp, and Winged Kelp.

Introduction
Wakame is a seaweed that looks and tastes like a slippery spinach. Wakame can be used in the same ways as many other seaweeds including in soup and as an addition to green or fruit salads. When dried wakame is soaked in water it expands to at least 10 times its dried size.

Summary
There is no doubt that eating small amounts of wakame prevents constipation. Recent research has found that some of the fibers in wakame help prevent colon cancer by providing antioxidants in addition to preventing the "fermentation" and oxidation of food as it passes through the large intestine. The fucoidan sugars in wakame are antiviral against cytomegalovirus and herpes; a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported that taking an extract of wakame prevented and reduced the severity of recurrent herpes outbreaks. Daily consumption of small amounts of the reconstituted seaweed (a tablespoon of reconstituted seaweed prepared by soaking one-quarter teaspoon of dried seaweed) may lower blood pressure. The Japanese Journal of Cancer Research reports preliminary findings that daily consumption of small amounts of wakame may be more beneficial in treating certain kinds of breast cancer in women than chemotherapy.

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