As readers of Eat Right For Your Type know, Dr. Peter D'Adamo is quite fond of the health benefits of sea vegetables. Because of their unique position at the interface of sea and land, sea vegetables have developed many unique characteristics and properties and are used extensively as food in coastal cuisines around the world. Sea vegetables and seaweeds have been a part of diets in China, Japan, and Korea since prehistoric times. Sea vegetables contain many unique and healthful sugars known as polysaccharides that can be metabolized by the action of enzymes produced by the bacteria in our gut into 'prebiotics,' nutrients that encourage the growth of healthy bacteria flora. Seaweeds are also extraordinarily resistant to the development of 'biofilms,' the 'glue' that holds unhealthy bacteria together.
The 'King of the Sea Vegetables' is undoubtably Fucus vesiculosis, also known as Bladderwrack. Bladderwrack is one of the few dietary sources of the rare sugar molecule fucose, in addition to being a natural source of iodine and other vitamins and minerals. It has long been used in Traditional Cultures as an aid to healthy metabolism and the maintenance of proper weight.
There are many 'kelp' or 'bladderwrack' supplements on the market. But when Dr. Peter D'Adamo designed Fucus Plus he chose to only use the exclusive Fucus vesiculosus species of seaweed, and to insure that it was harvested by trained marine botanists from only the most pristine of locations. This particular variety is of the highest quality and immediately freeze-dried to preserve its well-researched ability to naturally maintain healthy metabolic activity, particularly in blood type O individuals. A unique feature of Fucus Plus is Dr. D'Adamo's decision to compound the bladderwrack with larch arabinogalactan, a natural prebiotic and digestive conditioner.
Bladderwrack can contain significant amounts of iodine and can affect the thyroid. You should not take bladderwrack or consume seaweeds if you are taking medications for an overactive thyroid or have a sensitivity to iodine-containing foods. Always consult with a trained health professional before beginning this or any other nutritional supplement.