Bladderwrack seaweed is an abundant in the North Atlantic. and belongs to the brown seaweed group. It has been used medicinally in Europe for centuries , mainly to balance the thyroid gland and reduce inflammation & pain from aching joints. Not a traditional culinary sea vegetable, it is mostly used as a therapeutic tea , to make tinctures & poultices, and in various ways to cleanse & nourish the skin.
Wrongly called kelp, it is instead a Fucus genus. It grows abundantly in the inter-tidal area of the sea-shore. See the video tab to find out what it looks like in the wild and see it being harvested. The gel from the bladders can be used as an effective & natural sunscreen.
Pacific Harvest Bladderwrack is imported from Canada, where it is sustainably harvested from the wild in the Eastern Provinces. It is tested for contaminants.
Bladderwrack has a mild salty taste that will reduce the need for salt in recipes and round the flavour by adding a 'seafood' hint to the dish, especially fish parcels.
A great ingredient to add/make stock; it is also utilised to great effect as part of a condiment mix. Although it is not necessary to re-hydrate Bladderwrack, rinsing it with fresh water will reduce saltiness and preserve the intended moisture level in the recipe. Large pieces can be marinated and added to salads.
Health & Nutrition
Among its many health properties, Bladderwrack is a good source of iodine and positively impacts thyroid function. It also contains high levels of vitamins B and C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many anti-oxidants. Amongst its beneficial effects, it has long been used for its anti-inflammatory effects, especially for rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis. More recently, new research shows promises for certain compounds associated with lower cancer rates, better vision and used as a natural therapy for the treatment of obesity & cellulite.
Bladderwrack also contains a compound called fucoidan, a polysaccharide said to have anti-tumour properties, and alginic acid, a substance known to scavenge heavy metals and radioisotopes throughout the body.
Tasmanian research has found that Fucoidan in brown seaweed/Bladderwrack could be an effective treatment for some inflammatory bowel disorders. Eating the whole plant may also be important as the fibre is said to be prebiotic, therefore feeding the good gut bacteria, essential to a healthy gut function. Mice suffering from colitis improved when given fucoidan from bladderwrack.
Bladderwrack makes a great therapeutic bath , face scrubs or poultices to relieve joint pain.The gel from the bladders can be used as an effective & natural sunscreen
skin & anti-aging
protective effects of fucoidan
fucoidan & osteoarthritis
Label & Warnings
Bladderwrack is high in iodine and has been used over centuries to modulate thyroid function; overconsumption however may disrupt thyroid health. Care must be taken when used with other medication, please consult your health practitioner.