Seaweed and the menopause: how can seaweed support women’s health?


Dr Craig Rose PhD founder of Doctor Seaweed explains 


Whether you’re experiencing exhaustion and hot flushes or mood swings and brain fog, every menopause journey is unique. While no two women’s experience of menopause will be the same, for many, this is a challenging transition.


Fortunately, there are some ways in which menopausal symptoms can be managed naturally. Seaweed is a nutrient-rich macro algae that provides a plethora of nutrients that are important during any life stage, but particularly during the menopause. Dr Craig Rose PhD, aka Doctor Seaweed, explains why introducing seaweed supplements to your diet can offer essential nutrition and natural support during the menopause.


What is iodine?


Iodine is an essential nutrient needed for function of the thyroid – as our body doesn’t make iodine, it’s important that we get enough from our diet, or from supplementation. Lack of this nutrient can lead to an underactive thyroid which has a host of symptoms such as low energy, weight gain, depression, sensitivity to the cold and dry skin. Doctor Seaweed’s Weed & Wonderful Seaweed supplements offer a natural and plant-based source of essential iodine making it easy to meet your recommended daily intake. It is thought that around 1.9 billion people globally are deficient, with up to 80% of women in the UK lacking this critical nutrient.


Iodine deficiency and the peri-menopause and menopause have many overlapping symptoms such as tiredness and fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, low libido and even depression. These analogous symptoms can often lead to misdiagnosis.The table below outlines how many symptoms of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid attributed to iodine deficiency) can overlap with menopause and perimenopause. Subsequently, it is important to make sure you are getting enough iodine during the menopause to ensure a healthy thyroid function. Do you think you may be iodine deficient, or are you unsure? Doctor Seaweed’s Weed & Wonderful have created a 20 second Nutritionist-lead iodine quiz which helps you determine whether or not you are deficient in essential iodine based on your diet. Click here to take the quiz and find out.

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How do I supplement iodine?


Food sources of iodine include seafood, white fish, and dairy; however, with the rise of plant-based diets, it can be difficult to ensure we’re consuming enough on a daily basis. The only rich, plant-based source of iodine is seaweed which admittedly isn’t the most appealing food outside of sushi! To make it easy and convenient to get this important nutrient into your daily routine, Doctor Seaweed has created a range of natural supplements all centering around the nutritional wonder of seaweed. Each product contains organic Scottish seaweed with additional plant-based nutrients to help target specific wellness goals.

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To help support women’s health during the menopause, Doctor Seaweed’s award winning Menopause+ supplement carefully blends organic seaweed with a plethora of additional vitamins and minerals to combat menopausal symptoms naturally. From vitamin B6 for hormonal activity and vitamin B5 for brain support, to vitamin D for bone and muscle maintenance, each capsule contains the wonder of seaweed and essential vitamins to offer essential nutritional support for women.

Click here to find out more about Doctor Seaweed and the range and use code DS15 for 15% off your first order. This code can be applied to both one-off and subscription orders - simply apply code at checkout!






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