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Since we useraw macrocystis kelpourspa treatmentsclients ask about iodine supplementation. Please see below the entire unedited article first published, Friday, June 3, 2016 9:14:02 AM America/Denver and titled, Best Use of Iodine Supplement, by Abbey from Hakala Research. It gives a broad outline of what doctors support it's use and supplementation as well a brief history on it's origins in medicine. The article also mentions the minimum dosage of 12.5mg being closely related to the average Japanese personal intake of 13.

Bladderwrack is a safe alternative to GMO soy to support women's health

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus), a brown seaweed similar to kelp, gets its name from the air sacs that keep the plant afloat in cold sea water. 

Bladderwrack is a great plant source of iodine thatis essential for the human body, but the body cannot make on its own. Iodine is needed for the thyroid gland to do its job. Without iodine, the thyroid cannot produce enough hormones. This is especially important in women's health because one of the consequences of an under-performing thyroid is the inability to ovulate. In pregnancy, low thyroid function can cause high blood pressure in the mother and impaired mental function in the baby.

Iodine is also used to treat fibrocystic breast disease in women, which is a leading cause of breast cancer. According to a 2004 study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Bladderwrack performs similarly to soy in the regulation of female sex hormones. Because of this, Bladderwrack can be considered a safe alternative to GMO soy to support women's health.

Bladderwrack reduces cholesterol and regulates sex hormones in women at risk for estrogen-related cancers

In 2004, scientists explored why women in Western cultures developed estrogen-related cancers at a faster rate than women in Eastern cultures. The scientists supposed that the much higher rate of seaweed consumption in Asian countries may offer an explanation. The researchers knew that Bladderwrack and other seaweeds reduced blood cholesterol levels. They also knew that lower cholesterol levels helped regulate sex hormone levels in women. The scientists decided to test whether Bladderwrack, a common part of the Asian woman's diet, helped to regulate women's monthly menstrual cycles and balance female sex hormones. In particular, the researchers wanted to find out if Bladderwrack and kelp in general would be of benefit to women who were at risk for estrogen-related cancers and other diseases.

When women of child-bearing age with a history of menstrual problems and very light and short menstrual cycles increased their consumption of Bladderwrack, they noticed that their monthly periods were considerably longer. Among women at risk for estrogen-related cancers, a daily dose of 1.4 g (about one-fourth teaspoon) of Bladderwrack significantly lowered estrogen levels and increased progesterone levels. Progesterone is the female sex hormone which prepares the lining of the uterus for a fertilized egg every month. Without a healthy level of progesterone, a woman cannot conceive and sustain a pregnancy.

Could Bladderwrack replace soy to promote women's health?

Major concerns over GMO soy produced in the U.S. have many women looking for safe alternatives to soy that promote women's health. Additionally, Bladderwrack may also help women with weight loss if weight gain is related to thyroid issues. It does this because iodine stimulates the thyroid gland to help regulate metabolism.

Bladderwrack is an antioxidant, which reduces free radicals known to trigger breast cancer cell growth. As demonstrated above, Bladderwrack does appear to regulate female sex hormones in a similar manner to soy. The seaweed can be considered as a safe replacement for soy products.

Sources for this article include:, "Dietary Supplements Labels Database Active Ingredient: Bladderwrack Thalius (Seaweed)

Ovulation, "Progesterone and Fertility"

Physician's, "Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)

Mountain Rose, "Bladderwrack Profile"

Strengthen Your Immune System with Iodine

If you would like to have a strong and complete immune system, and who wouldn't, you need to include the essential mineral iodine.  When a person has become ‘iodine sufficient’ iodine is stored, for immune system health, in some of our most important organs including our; skin, liver, kidneys, lung tissue, heart, thyroid gland, breasts, ovaries, prostate & brain.  Since iodine is a fat soluble mineral and not very water soluble, the water soluble version of iodine is commonly found as potassium-iodide or calcium-iodide and the best source is brown seaweed known as kelp.

Seaweeds contain 100,000 times the concentration of iodine found in sea salt
Many understand the importance of vitamin C to stay healthy & immune strong and since vitamin C is water soluble, many people regularly consume 1000mg – 6000mg range to combat colds, flu's, infections since it’s easily flushed from our bodies.  Since iodine is fat soluble it's able to stay in the body longer, absorbed by our organs and hence to do it's work as an anti-bacterial, anti-pathogenic extraordinaire.
Iodine's strong pathogenic expertise is very apparent in the work of the lymphatic system, where the lymph is collected with all the mutated cells, virus's, bacteria and disposed into our waste system.   Dr. Brownstein says of iodine,

Dr Brownstein's 4th Edition: Iodine; Why You Need it Why You Cannot Live Without itIodine is a strong detoxifying agent in our bodies for bromine, chlorine, fluoride, mercury, aluminum, arsenic & cadmium, which are absorbed & stored in receptor cells throughout the body.  Since the main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification, it also plays a large role in maintaining a strong immune system by moving out these toxins from our bodies.

Iodide combines in the body with Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) to form elemental iodine, which has broad spectrum anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic & anti-cancer functionality in the lymph nodes.  Most brown seaweeds are high in healing iodide & contain almost every bio-available vitamin & mineral that our bodies require, including many healing polysaccharide sugars, all our essential amino-acids and Omega 3,5,6 & 9.   Since our skin absorbs into our bloodstream up to 70% or more of what we put next to it, it's interesting to see the ability of the seaweed to increase blood flow in the body while allowing a greater detoxification to occur which results in a stronger immune system too.

Lugol's Solution - aka 'The Universal Medicine'

We see alot of people in the spa each week & we try to share some healthy 'new' information around seaweeds & iodine with everyone.  Since there is alot to learn about supplementing with Lugol's Solution, this is a primer to get you started in the right direction & once you understand the basics, it's very safe & effective to use.  After moving to Ontario in 2007 from British Columbia, we were surprised to learn that this area has a nickname that relates to Iodine deficiency, it's called the 'Goiter Belt'.