Red or purple in colour, dulse is considered a superfood because of its high iodine and potassium content, plus a long list of micronutrients and phytochemicals. Herbalists prefer dulse over kelp in green superfood recipes because of its milder flavour. Found primarily in cold waters off the Atlantic coast of Canada, Ireland, and Norway, dulse has been used traditionally to control parasites, treat scurvy, and improve thyroid function.
Dulse is a scientifically proven antioxidant and a source of plant protein, and is often suggested as a part of healing protocols to correct hypothyroid issues.
Dulse has been clinically proven to possess free radical scavenging activity. The seaweed has also been demonstrated to inhibit the growth of lipid (fat) cells in the laboratory. This is extremely important, as environmental toxins are believed to cause auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The combination of constant stress, environmental pathogens, and malnutrition is burning out many people’s immune systems. Utilizing dulse and other antioxidants helps to repair compromised body tissues.
Dulse may be best known for its high iodine content, helpful in addressing the thyroid.
Hypothyroid symptoms include:
- dry skin and face
- muscle aches and pains
- chest pains
- unusual sensitivity to cold temperatures
- a lower than normal basal body temperature
- headaches and migraines
- hair loss
- brittle and peeling nails
- weight gain or obesity
- heavy periods in females
Hippocrates Organic Canadian Dulse Powder is available.