ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM Overview Information
Ascophyllum nodosum is a type of brown seaweed. It is found along the shorelines in cold areas of the world, such as Northern Canada, United States, and Europe. Ascophyllum nodosum is now protected in many countries because of over-harvesting for a chemical called alginate.
Ascophyllum nodosum is taken by mouth for dental health, weight loss, or as a source of the mineral iodine. Don't confuse Ascophyllum nodosum with other kinds of seaweed like Bladderwort, Blue-green Algae, Brown Algae, Fucus vesiculosus, or Laminaria, or with the chemical Algin that comes from seaweed.
How does it work?
Ascophyllum nodosum contains nutrients such as large sugars (carbohydrates), fats, and the mineral iodine. Ascophyllum nodosum might help the body kill cancer cells and reduce swelling.
- Tooth plaque. Early research shows that taking Ascophyllum nodosum (ProDen PlaqueOff) might help to reduce the build-up of plaque on the teeth.
- A mild form of gum disease (gingivitis). Early research shows that taking Ascophyllum nodosum (ProDen PlaqueOff) does not prevent gingivitis.
- Iodine deficiency. Ascophyllum nodosum contains iodine. Early research shows that taking Ascophyllum nodosum can increase iodine levels in women who have low levels of iodine in the body.
- Stomach or intestinal problems.
- Weight loss.
- Other conditions.
ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM Side Effects & Safety
When taken by mouth: Ascophyllum nodosum is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when taken daily for up to 6 months. Side effects are rare but might include stomach problems. Ascophyllum nodosum can accumulate high levels of heavy metals. Purchasing a product that is certified as being free of heavy metals can reduce the risk of heavy metal exposure.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough information available about the safety of taking Ascophyllum nodosum when pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM Dosing
The appropriate dose of Ascophyllum nodosum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Ascophyllum nodosum. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.