Vitamins C & B

  • theholisticgoat

    July 22, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    Bladderwrack as B12

    Kelp (Fucus vesiculosus, other Fucus species, and Ascophyllum nodosum), also known as bladderwrack, consists of the dried whole plant. It contains soluble fiber (e.g., alginic acid), vitamin B12, iron and iodine. It can also contain heavy metals (e.g., arsenic, cadmium, lead). Brown seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida) is a purported galactogogue in some Asian cultures; however, no scientifically valid clinical trials support this use. Galactogogues should never replace evaluation and counseling on modifiable factors that affect milk production.[1,2] No data exist on the excretion of any organic components of seaweed into breastmilk; however, iodine is actively transported into breastmilk and heavy metals are excreted into milk. For further information on iodine in breastmilk and its potential adverse effects, see the iodine record in LactMed. Some sources recommend against using seaweed during breastfeeding because of its high iodine content,[3-5] and potential contamination with heavy metals.

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