Ultimately, the key to weight loss is to burn more calories than you take in. You need to reduce your total calories by 3, a safe amount 500 to lose 1 lb., andof weight to lose is 1 to 2 lbs. a week. This is best achieved through a combination of diet and exercise. Nonetheless, people take supplements in the hopes of boosting their weight loss. Bladderwrack for weight loss is one such herbal supplement, although research does not support its supposed weight loss effects.
What is Fucus vesiculosus (brown seaweed)?
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus), also known as sea oak or brown seaweed, is an alga that grows along the coast of Northern Europe, overreaching its shores. In herbal medicine, the slimming properties of bladderwrack have been known and exploited for quite some time; indeed, its extract is often used in the formulation of natural supplements adjuvant to weight loss diets.
Products and supplements containing bladderwrack to lose weight: how do they work?
We often hear of bladderwrack for weight loss. What exactly are these products? And how do they work to promote weight loss?
In herbal medicine bladderwrack for weight loss is used in the production of natural supplements adjuvant to low-calorie diets and to natural cosmetics (creams, gels or bubble baths) aimed at fighting cellulite. Let us now examine the typical properties of brown seaweed, exploited in these products, and the mechanism of action of this plant.
Bladderwrack for weight loss and Seamoss are two herbs that can be taken as a Daily supplement due to the high mineral content present. Both Bladderwrack and Seamoss are high in Iodine which is the nutrient responsible for stimulating your Thyroid gland. Naturally the Thyroid gland will respond by producing hormones that will in turn Boost your metabolism and allow you to lose weight naturally. With the proper diet you can begin to see results very quickly. You can purchase these herbs in the Capsule or Tincture form on my Website at the link below.
Composition and properties of brown seaweed
Bladderwrack or brown seaweed is very rich in minerals in organic combination, such as:
This seaweed also contains good amounts of mucilage, salts, trace elements and vitamins.
The iodine content present in Bladderwrack is of great importance, since this element is an integral part of the thyroid hormones and therefore it can promote their synthesis; not by chance, «[...] the low incidence of goitre in maritime populations has been attributed to the presence of algae in their diet» (F. Capasso, G. Grandolini, A. A. Izzo, Fitoterapia. Impiego razionale delle droghe vegetali, Milano 2006). To have more information on the key role played by iodine in the correct functioning of the thyroid, you can download the document drawn up by OSNAMI (National Observatory for Monitoring Iodine Prophylaxis), a body set up within the National Institute of Health for the prevention of goitre in Italy.
Brown seaweed, benefits and contraindications
Because of the high iodine content, brown seaweed stimulates metabolism and its intake can be helpful for weight loss. On the market, you can find brown seaweed supplements to use as «adjuvants to weight-loss diets» (F. Perugini Billi, Manuale di fitoterapia, Azzano San Paolo 2004). In the formulation of these products, in liquid form or tablets, brown seaweed may be associated with extracts of other plants useful in promoting the drainage of fluids (and, consequently counteracting excessive retention) such as:
golden rod etc.
The consumption of brown seaweed for losing weight can therefore have positive effects if associated with a healthy lifestyle (a balanced diet and regular physical activity).
Besides supporting metabolism, the extract of this plant can also exert a beneficial softening and soothing effect on the digestive system and counteract possible ailments associated with an irritable bowel.
By contrast, given the high content of iodine contained in it, brown seaweed should be taken with caution by those who suffer from hyperthyroidism.In addition, in case of pregnancy, under certain medical conditions or when taking drugs, it is always good rule, before consuming the supplement, to consult a trusted doctor.