Fucus [vesiculosis or gardneri or spiralis] common name = (bladder wrack)//: we found this one washed up and mostly popped, but fresh it is used as thyroid support, partly because of its high iodine content (found in many algae).
There also has been research around bladder wrack and seaweeds in general as being yet another reason for lowered cholesterol levels in Asian countries, the mode of action being it's anti-estrogenic effects. This is presumed to be due to the lowering of cholesterol (since cholesterol is a precursor to hormone formation). It also contains phytoestrogens. Remember? Those things that soy got a good wrap for, then a bad wrap for, and now most of the population is just confused?
So here's the deal with phytoestrogens. They are good for you. But I'll explain why: in simplicity, we have three forms of estrogen °°•• phytoestrogens (estrogen that comes from plants), our endogenous estrogen (the one we make in our bodies), and xenoestrogens (estrogen from plastic). They have binding affinity in their respective order. So phytoestrogens are weak binders, and xenoestrogens are strong binders.
Having a bunch of weak binders around is actually °°protective•• while strong binders help to promote the estrogen pathways. This isn't necessarily bad or harmful but can be with prolonged exposure and definitely if we have estrogen sensitive cancers (like certain breast cancers). It also can cause estrogen °°•• progesterone imbalances if we have buckets of plastic derivatives floating around in our arteries.
If you get more interested you can check out our clinic page at www.becomeyouremissiin.org and learn more about hormone regulation naturally.
Anywho, long winded, but the sea vegetables are not only medicine they can be functional herbalism too! Try adding dulse and kelp to food and on top of your popcorn! Make sure you get it from good sources as these can be pretty gross depending on the water quality they come from.