Alaria Supreme™ is a wonderful complement to the rest of the Supreme
Nutrition line. Alaria is a certified organic, wild crafted seaweed that
tests free of both mercury and cadmium. I have known about the benefits
of eating sea vegetables for at least 3 decades and used to eat it
regularly. Once I became mercury toxic, I was unable to find a seaweed I
could ingest without suffering from mercury symptoms. I had pretty much
given up hope until finding a supplier for this alaria product.
Alaria has a great nutrient profile. Two capsules will give you your
RDA of organic iodine as well as smaller but significant amounts of most
vitamins and minerals. It has the most significant amounts of calcium,
magnesium and B-vitamins of any edible seaweed. Being a whole food
ground into a powder it has all the co-factors, phyto-nutrients, etc.
you would expect to find in a “superfood” without the downside of the
algaes, grass juices, alfalfa, etc.
Coming from the sea, Alaria is a rich source of organic trace
minerals in a form that is very easily assimilated. No land plant can
compare. Iodine deficiency is commonplace and land plants typically do
not supply the amount of iodine needed to meet our needs. Inorganic
iodine added to table salt is not an ideal form.
Alaria, as do most seaweeds, inhibit cancer cell growth in animal
studies. They are considered anti-mutagenic, and anti-tumor. It is
postulated that the low rate of breast cancer and lung cancer in Japan
(despite the high rate of smoking) is due to seaweed consumption.
Seaweeds can lower serum cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure
and help remove arterial plaque as well as decrease platelet stickiness.
Alaria and certain other seaweeds can also lower raised uric acid
levels and can be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.
Alaria can be very effective in preventing damage due to radiation
exposure from power plants, nuclear tests etc. (This radiation can
virtually travel around the globe in small amounts and effect our
health.) Nuclear facilties release radioactive Iodine 131
into the atmosphere. Iodine 131 (which can be inhaled) is heavier than
natural iodine 127 and is implicated in the increasing rates we see
today of thyroid cancer and other thyroid disorders. The only thing that
protects our bodies from this radioactive isotope (Iodine 131) is
having adequate amounts of iodine 127 (as exists in seaweed, etc.) Besides
protecting against radioactive iodine, testing has shown that seaweeds
also help remove radioactive strontium from the body. Following this
line of thinking, it may also be very valuable in people undergoing
radiation therapy, as it may decrease side effects and speed recovery.
Let’s look at two very important components of alaria: algin and fucoidan.
Algin is a great remover of heavy metals from the GI tract. We don’t
find it as effective as Takesumi supreme as an all round systemic
detoxification agent (except in cases radiation toxicity for which it is superior) but it can complement
Takesumi in removing toxic metals and chemicals (those of you well
versed in applied kinesiology can use testing to determine which product
is a priority in a given patient). It does though have a higher
nutrient profile than Takesumi and many patients will benefit from
Fucoidan is an anti-inflammatory component of alaria. It is an immune
stimulant but more important, is great to use after physical traumas
(and surgery) to speed the healing response. Fucoidan breaks down into
fucose, a natural sugar that they have found receptor sites for on human
cells suggesting it is an essential nutrient.
Brown seaweeds such as alaria also have been shown in studies in Japan
to help us excrete dioxins and PCB’s more effectively. Alaria can help
prevent reabsorption of toxins (metal and chemical) in patients with
To summarize: Alaria is a superb source of nutrients, especially
organic iodine and trace minerals, but other nutrients as well. It is
moderately anti-microbial, an excellent protector against subclinical
(as well as acute) radiation poisoning, as well as metal and chemical
toxicity. It has some anti-cancer properties as well as being
anti-inflammatory. I test it on each patient and feel it should be an
essential part of most people’s diet. Being a “superfood” there are many
more intangible benefits that may be realized beyond the scope of this
Recommended dose 3 caps daily as a trace mineral source. For
detoxification, metal and chemical chelation, radiation protection, 4-6
caps daily are recommended. It is well tolerated by sensitive patients,
and is (in my opinion) the best source of micro minerals for these type