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Ascophyllum

Minerals and is a natural source of Iodine. Iodine's primary function is in the manufacture Ascophyllum nodosum, the brown seaweed, is especially rich in Amino Acids, Vitamins and of thyroid hormones necessary for maintain normal metabolism. SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIAN AND VEGANS.


The nutritional "vegetable of the sea" comes from mineral-rich waters and provides iodine which is one of the few minerals designated as essential. If you are on a low salt diet, you may not be getting enough of this important mineral. Just one capsule per day as a dietary supplement provides 150 µg. of iodine.


Ascophyllum nodosum contains over 12 vitamins, 60 trace minerals and 21 key amino acids. Three of its major effects are nutritive and hypotensive. Another important effect is its ability to increase the resistance to fevers and infections. That property is partly due to the herbs antibacterial action, partly to its nutritive value, and partly to unknown causes. Ascophyllum nodosum has been found to offer good protection from many kinds of modern pollutants, carcinogens and toxins, including radioactive materials. It is a rich source of trace minerals and is high in iodine, which must be present for proper glandular function and metabolism. The thyroid gland depends upon minerals, especially iodine, to function properly and to secrete adequate amounts of thyroxin and tri-iodo-thyronine. These hormones influence metabolic rate and body temperature, as well as regulating protein, fat, and carbohydrate utilization in cells.


Quality seaweed and cholesterol absorption


Ascophyllum nodosum is a rich source of iodine. Iodine as a constituent of thyroxin, plays an important role in the efficient conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A, with a subsequent increase in the efficacy of protein synthesis and cholesterol absorption.


Quality seaweed and heavy metal (also radioactive) absorption


Researchers have found algin, an extract of brown algae, though non-digestible, can prevent living tissue from absorbing radioactive materials, including strontium-90, barium, mercury, zinc, tin, cadmium and manganese. These results have been replicated in other labs. Asco eliminates waste and toxic metals.


Iodine helps to burn food, so it is not stored as unwanted fat. Iodine is one of the best oxidizing catalysts we have. A catalyst is the match which touches off in the body the fire that burns up the food we take in each day. If this food is not properly burned off, it may be stored as unwanted fat.


There is no doubt that our vital needs are linked with the sea itself and with sea products. They can

  • relive nutritional deficiencies
  • ease physical discomfort
  • help produce enzymes within the body itself
  • contribute to a longer life by helping to guard against small clots within the arteries
  • improve total health
  • replace essential minerals and trace minerals
  • and even provide food alternates to beef and chicken

A second function of iodine is to calm the body and relieve nervous tension. When nervous tension runs high there is irritability and difficulty in sleeping well at night, and the body is continually on a combat basis, organized for fight and flight. All these points stress a body need for iodine to lessen nervous tension, relax the body and enable it to organize for peace and quiet, by the building and storing of body reserves against time of need.


Several studies have been done regarding kelp and cancer. Japanese women who use seaweed as a part of the daily diet have shown a low rate of breast cancer. Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain this effect:

  • First, asco supplies a source of no digestible fibre. This would increase faecal bulk. The relationship between a high fibre/bulk diet and low colonic cancer rates is well known.
  • seaweed reduces cholesterol levels through inhibition of bile acid absorption and could therefore prevent cancers caused by faulty metabolism of bile acids.
  • By altering the nature of faecal flora, it may render harmless the colonic bacteria that could be carcinogenic.
  • seaweed may exert all anti-cancer effects through a direct cytotoxic effect. Secondary to this last property, asco may mediate enhancement of the body's immune response system against potential carcinogens.

Basic information on the thyroid gland


All the blood in the body passes through the thyroid gland every 17 minutes. Because the cells making up this gland have an affinity for iodine, during this 17-minute passage the gland's secretion of iodine kills weak germs that may have gained entry into the blood through an injury to the skin, the lining of nose or throat, or through absorption of food from the digestive tract. Strong, virulent germs are rendered weaker during their passage through the thyroid gland. With each 17 minutes that rolls around they are made still weaker until finally they are killed if the gland has its normal supply of iodine. If it does not, it cannot kill harmful germs circulating in the blood as Nature intended it should.


The Usefulness of Iodine
An Excerpt from
Folk Medicine by D.C. Jarvis, MD




Description: Ascophyllum nodosum is a brown seaweed closely related to Fucus. It forms a single bladders centrally in long, flattened strap-like fronds. The fronds hand downwards draping sheltered intertidal rocks. Many fronds grow from the base and the plant generally regenerates new fronds from the base when one of the larger fronds are damaged. There is evidence that clumps of Ascophyllum can be over 400 years old and may be even older.


Distribution: Ascophyllum is currently confined to the North Atlantic basin, but plants have been found growing in San Francisco Bay, but the species does not persist there. The plants are used as packing for shellfish from the North Atlantic and when discarded may take hold.


Usage: Ascophyllum is used for the extraction of alginic acid, a polysaccharide used in foods and in biotechnology.



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