Bladderwrack

This common brown seaweed with the unusual name has been used as a health remedy for hundreds of years. Bladderwrack, which sounds like a made up name from a Dr. Seuss book, has many healing properties and benefits.

Bladderwrack

What is Bladderwrack?

A member of the kelp family, bladderwrack grows in the cool waters of oceans around the world. It is easily recognizable by the air filled bladders, known as thalli, that keep the plant afloat. This type of seaweed prefers sheltered inlets without much current and it is found in huge numbers in such areas.

Bladderwrack was the original source of iodine, which was hugely important in treating various conditions. While the plant has been used in alternative medicine for centuries, it has only recently become well-known to the general public. High levels of mucilage, beta-carotene, iodine, potassium, zeaxanthin, and other organic compounds give this seaweed its health boosting properties.

Bladderwrack

Benefits of Bladderwrack

So what does bladderwrack do?

• Provides easily assimilable trace minerals for the thyroid, as well as iodine to act as an Epstein Barr antiseptic so that the viral cells will die off. This enhances the function of the thyroid. Bladderwrack also removes heavy metals from the intestinal tract, starving EBV.

• Increases metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. When your body is operating at a high level and burning off more fat, the appetite is naturally suppressed, preventing obesity and related health issues that come along with it.

• Contains high levels of beta-carotene, making it ideal for improving vision. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the eyes and cornea, slowing down macular degeneration and preventing the development of cataracts.

• Possesses anti-inflammatory properties, relieving conditions such as gout, arthritis, and skin irritation. Bladderwrack can successfully reduce swelling and relieve pain in sore muscles and joints.

• Contains a unique type of fiber called fucoidan that lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar levels, and provides anti-tumor effects.

• Relieves constipation and adds bulk to the bowels, promoting a smooth digestive process that is efficient in terms of nutrient uptake. This helps to relieve excess gas, bloating, cramping, and more serious conditions such as gastric ulcers and colon cancer.

• Prevents atherosclerosis and other cholesterol-related afflictions by raising good cholesterol levels. This helps to lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks, while lessening the strain on the cardiovascular system.

• Slows the aging process, keeping the skin healthy and young looking, by reducing age spots and blemishes and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Bladderwrack’s antioxidants boosts skin elasticity, keeping it fit and toned.

Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack Warning

Because this plant comes from the sea, those with seafood or iodine allergies should not take bladderwrack. Avoid it as well if you have conditions such as low blood pressure or edema.

Bladderwrack can be taken in capsule form or purchased freeze-dried in flakes. The dried seaweed can be used for skin products, added to smoothies, or brewed for tea.

Bladderwrack

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Powerful Pomegranates

These colorful fruits are very popular and known primarily for being high in antioxidants. However the pomegranate has amazing health benefits making it a food to indulge in often. Anthony William writes that each juicy ruby colored seed inside powerful pomegranates contains a universe of healing. Breaking open those seeds, called arils, releases the full potential of those tiny universes to come to our aid.

Powerful Pomegranates

When we eat fresh pomegranate seeds a chemical reaction occurs whenever the fruit’s acids, which are full of phytochemicals, come into contact with unhealthy hardenings of bile, protein buildup and toxic forms of calcium. They immediately begin to break down, making pomegranates helpful for dissolving gallstones, kidney stones, nodules, calcifications and small cysts.

This fruit strengthens red and white blood cell counts. It restores glucose reserves in the liver, so that the organ can release glucose into the bloodstream as needed. This helps to protect the adrenal glands. If the liver doesn’t have an adequate supply of glucose then the adrenals are forced to pump hormones such as cortisol into the blood to keep the body going. This can lead to overactive adrenal glands and eventual burnout. Pomegranate’s high quality glucose is excellent for the brain as well, supporting the abilities to focus and concentrate.

Powerful Pomegranates

In addition pomegranates contain trace minerals such as iron, manganese, potassium and chromium that are very bioavailable and easily assimilable, and high levels of vitamins C and K.

Eating pomegranates regularly unclogs pores and hair follicles, encouraging hair growth and benefitting the skin and scalp, lowers blood pressure and eases the symptoms of arthritis.

Pomegranates curb excessive hunger and the tendency to overeat if the seeds are consumed before a meal. They also regulate hormones by flushing out unproductive estrogens that contribute to cancer. Pomegranates detoxify DDT and other pesticides, eliminate lactic acid build up in the muscles and prevents the overproduction of earwax.

Bringing more pomegranates into the diet also helps with these conditions and symptoms: Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain fog, memory loss, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, Epstein Barr, Lyme’s disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, muscle cramps, myelin nerve damage, eye floaters, body pain, head pain, inflammation, itchy skin and hives.

Powerful Pomegranates

So the thing about pomegranates is being able to easily get to those amazing seeds. My first experience with deseeding a pomegranate turned into a huge mess, with seeds everywhere, including on the floor. Very few of those sweet-tart bubbles of goodness ended up in my bowl.

I love pomegranate seeds though, and I persevered. One method that works well is to score the skin around the middle of the fruit and then carefully pry the pomegranate apart into two halves. Gently…oh so gently…flex each half to loosen the seeds. Using any force snaps the fruit into sections and scatters the seeds. Turn the pomegranate half cut side down over a bowl and whack the other side with a wooden spoon. The seeds will fall into the bowl.

I have not tried the bowl of water trick yet, for removing seeds. See this method demonstrated in the video below.

Enjoy pomegranate seeds fresh from the fruit, run through the juicer with other fruits, or sprinkle on salads, hummus, stir fry, or cooked veggies.

Don’t forego enjoying powerful pomegranates because they can be messy to open and deseed. They are well worth the effort. Pomegranates teach us to prepare for life’s messes and embrace them so that we can receive the most from what comes our way.

Powerful Pomegranates

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Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

I enjoy making my own dressings and sauces to dress up freshly prepared foods. My lemongrass plant has supplied me abundantly with leaves for hot and cold teas. I searched for a simple sauce recipe that used this fragrant herb as an ingredient. I found one that I adapted slightly that combines lemongrass with fresh cilantro, creating a flavorful sauce that makes a wonderful accompaniment for veggies.

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

1 tablespoon ginger, minced or finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 large bunch fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons dried or fresh lemongrass, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce or sugar free sriracha sauce

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup light olive oil, extra virgin

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/3 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, blending until smooth. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Store in refrigerator.

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

I snipped fresh lemongrass from the herb garden for this easy to make sauce. The consistency is thin enough to serve as a pesto with gluten free pasta. It also makes a delicious dipping sauce for nori wrapped veggie roles or fresh cut up veggies.

Today I drizzled cilantro lemongrass sauce over a veggie bowl that included half a baked potato, chopped tomatoes fresh on my garden, and avocado slices. The tangy lemony herb combined with the rich distinctive flavor of cilantro was so good. This simple sauce is already a favorite.

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

Red Marine Algae

Just as the earth provides a bounty of foods and herbs that offer healing to the body, the oceans of the world contribute to our health and well being too. Seaweeds, plants and algae supply powerful nutrients that support the immune system and combat viruses and diseases. Today’s Sunday Supplement focus is on Red Marine Algae.

Red Marine Algae

What is Red Marine Algae?

Algae is classified by color. Red Marine Algae belongs to the Rhodophyta class and it is well known for its antioxidants, which help boost the immune system to fight off free radical damage. Red Marine Algae contains an antiviral compound that combats the shingles virus, HIV and cold sores. It may even help fight strains of germs that are resistant to certain medications.

Red Marine Algae is anti-inflammatory, and naturally acts as an analgesic, while providing gastro-protective, anticoagulant, anti-thrombotic and anti-tumor properties. This nutrient rich food helps to prevent cancer as well.

Red Marine Algae

Health Benefits of Red Marine Algae

Along with boosting and supporting the immune system, this sea food provides other health benefits.

• Supports skin and eye health, and helps to prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60.

• Reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body. Inhibits the formation of gastric ulcers.

• Lowers “bad” cholesterol, regulates blood sugar levels and promotes healthy blood circulation.

• Prevents DNA damage, relieves chronic fatigue, assists in weight loss and restores blood pH to an alkaline status.

• Powerful antiviral properties remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body and reduces the viral load.

• Fights viruses including Epstein Barr, shingles, HIV, HPV, herpes, encephalo-myocarditis, hepatitis A and B, and yellow fever.

Red Marine Algae is one of the true gifts of the sea. It can be purchased in powdered or capsule form.

Red Marine Algae

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