What is Bladderwrack?
Bladderwrack, scientifically known as Fucus vesiculosus , is another type of seaweed (brown in color) and mainly grows along the coastlines of the North and Baltic Seas, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and can also be found in various waters in the US & Canada .
Rich in vitamins, minerals, such as calcium, iodine, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins A and C  and antioxidants, many people believe that bladderwrack’s impressive nutrient profile can give many health benefits.
Historically, those who lived near the sea had relatively low rates of thyroid problems, due to their iodine rich diet, which included seaweeds.
2000 years ago, Greek Physician Dioscorides mentioned Bladderwrack in his “De Materia Medica”, where he recommended it for inflammation and “gouty afflictions”.
Traditional medicinal practices have used it for centuries to treat an array of conditions, such as iodine deficiency, obesity, joint pain, aging skin, digestive issues, urinary tract infection, and thyroid dysfunction.
In the early 1800’s. Bladderwrack was found to have a high iodine content and became widely used as treatment for goiter (a swollen neck because of large thyroid glands).
By the 1860’s, Bladderwrack was also being used to counteract obesity by speeding up metabolism.