Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a seaweed. Fucus vesiculosus and other types of seaweed show anti-estrogenic effects, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), which may account for the lower risk of estrogen-related cancers in Asian populations. Fucus vesiculosus also may improve some problems with menstruation. During a study published in the August 4, 2004 issue of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, authors administered Fucus vesiculosus to three pre-menopausal women experiencing abnormal cycles or other menstrual-related problems. Fucus vesiculosus appeared to lengthen the menstrual cycle and had anti-estrogen effects. Excess estrogen is associated with premenstrual fluid retention, weight gain, mood swings, headaches and menstrual cramps.
A study published in the January/February 2002 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science determined that Fucus vesiculosus extract possesses anti-aging properties and should be useful as a cosmetic ingredient. The study found that a gel containing 1 percent Fucus vesiculosus extract applied to cheek skin twice daily for five weeks decreased skin thickness and improved elasticity when compared with control substances. Fucus vesiculosus contains fucans and fucoidans, components which show anticoagulant, or blood-thinning, properties in laboratory research. Additionally, fucosterols in this substance reduce plasma cholesterol levels, as explained by the MSKCC. The plant may lower high blood pressure because it inhibits angiotensin-I-converting enzyme. Medications with this effect, called ACE inhibitors, are commonly used to treat high blood pressure. 2 ounce tincture.
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