Called by its scientific name, the Fucus vesiculosus plant belongs to the family of laminariaceas, algae of the genus pheofícea that are commonly harvested during low tide and left in the sun to dry. The first reports of the plant’s existence occurred over 300 years ago, on the coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Depending on the region, Fucus vesiculosus may be popularly known as sea bean and bodelha. It is an algae found mostly microscopically, but when hydrated it can have its size increased by up to 10 times. In 1811 the history of the Fucus vesiculosus plantit would be forever changed, as it was discovered through a plant extract, the chemical element we know today as iodine. It started to be widely exploited for therapeutic purposes, especially when it was understood that the plant also acted as a natural stimulant of the thyroid gland. Also, it has become an ally of weight loss, as it speeds up metabolism, which in turn increases caloric burn.
Benefits and properties
Medicine has evolved absurdly in recent years, as has science and the pharmacological market. What not everyone knows is that, before the existence of such a structure favorable to health, the population could only rely on natural remedies and beliefs to feel cured or relieved of their ailments.
When pharmacology began, it was thought that some plants actually relieved pain and cured diseases, so it would be an excellent option to use the active from that plant to manufacture more practical and affordable medicines. Several studies were carried out with many plants to correctly conclude how they acted, and the same was done with the Fucus vesiculosus plant . Today it can be concluded that the plant is excellent for:
- Speed up metabolism;
- Irregular menstrual cycles;
- Controls the body’s acidity;
- Thyroid dysfunctions;
- Uterine strengthening;
- Localized fats;
- Bowel malfunctioning;
- Kidney and urinary infections;
- Gallbladder problems;
How to make tea?
Heat half a liter of water, along with a tablespoon of the plant’s contents. Simmer for 05 minutes, then turn off the heat and keep the covered container at rest. After 15 minutes, with a pleasant temperature, strain and drink the tea 02 times a day.
The consumption of the Fucus vesiculosus plant is contraindicated for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and individuals with heart problems or who suffer from hyperthyroidism.