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. Lets look at two very important components of alaria: algin and fucoidan. Algin is a great remover of heavy metals from the GI tract. We dont 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 taking both. 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 PCBs more effectively. Alaria can help prevent reabsorption of toxins (metal and chemical) in patients with leaky guts. 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 peoples diet. Being a superfood there are many more intangible benefits that may be realized beyond the scope of this short article. 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 patients.