Algae are a group of plants that inhabit the waters, both fresh and marine as well as in areas of high humidity. Are known to be the earliest inhabitants of the earth, which gives them a great capacity for survival.
Fucus, also called sea lettuce, belongs to or feoficeas brown algae, in which the characteristic of green chlorophyll pigment is obscured by other, mainly one called ficoxantina, dark color.
In our coast is from Cadiz to Guipúzcoa, and is especially abundant in the estuaries of Galicia. For its texture is very useful for wrapping fish and keep it fresh, and therefore it is not difficult to find this plant from waste any market.
Fucus is a true concentration of seawater. Like many other seaweeds, iodine can accumulate in structures called yoducos, which gives it a thyroid stimulating effect, increasing cell metabolism. For this reason it is widely used in therapy of obesity. Addition of iodine is also very rich in salts and other universal elements: potassium, bromine, chlorine, magnesium, calcium, iron, silica, etc.. This composition makes it a plant with remineralizing effect. The potassium salts also have a diuretic effect. Other components of seaweed are mucilaginous substances such as algin and glucosano soluble laminarin. These, in contact with water, swell in the stomach without being assimilated, thus fulfilling a role in appetite satiating agents, in addition to exercise a mild laxative action. Furthermore, the large capacity and power grip coating of colloidal solutions of the alginates, acts as a protector of the digestive mucosa. Laminarin exerts a lowering of cholesterol and other lipids.
Fucus bath within antiobesity therapy.
Salves the algae, for the same purpose.
Calcium alginate powder. It is applied to wounds to stop bleeding and accelerate healing.
Decoction. They are used 10 to 15 grams of algae per liter of water. Boil for 5-6 minutes and can take 2 to 4 cups a day.
Fluid extract. 25-40 drops, before meals.
Syrup. They contain up to 10% of wealth in fucus. It takes a big spoonful 4 times a day.
Powder seaweed. In capsules or tablets. Is taken according to the amount of active ingredients and have always as a physician.
Transdermal patches. Available on the market, but its effectiveness is highly questionable and its high price and therefore are not recommended.
In the form of capsules or tablets are usually associated with sensory weightings as the cat's tail, which masks their odor. In retail pharmacies can be found all the presentations mentioned, some high-priced.
FAMILY: Brown seaweeds
PART USED: The thallus
CASTILIAN: Encina de mar Quersus marina
GALICIAN: Carvalhindo do mar
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