Alga

Last updated on: 19.10.2021

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Definition
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There is a wide variety of algae:

Bladderwrack - Fucus vesiculosus L.; Saw-wrack - Fucus serratus L.; Knot-wrack - Ascophyllum nodosum Le Jol.; Strap-wrack - Fucus elongatus L.

The salt of alginic acid obtained from various brown algae, alginates, are used both in the food industry as thickeners, gel formers, emulsion stabilizers and in medicine protective colloids.

Phytotherapeutically, the dried algae body (thallus) is used. It is important to note that seaweed may contain iodine in varying concentrations, as well as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

HMPC monograph: Traditional-use: during a calorie-reduced diet for weight reductionESCOP
: not processedCommission
E: negative decision, in the absence of evidence of efficacy, at a dosage > 150 µg iodine/day triggering or aggravation of hyperthyroidism.

General information
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Not suitable for children and adolescents under 18 years, not during pregnancy and lactation.

Caution in case of allergy to any of the ingredients

Literature
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  1. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-monograph/final-community-herbal-monograph-fucus-vesiculosus-l-thallus_en.pdf
  2. https://arzneipflanzenlexikon.info/tang---algae.php

Incoming links (2)

Bladderwrack; Riementang;

Outgoing links (2)

Commission E; HMPC monographs;

Last updated on: 19.10.2021