Wrack is above all an algae with a brown and dark olive hue. The wrack has frond thalli divided into several ribbons, being able to measure up to one hundred centimeters long by two wide, flexible and resistant. Fucus has the particularity of having gas-filled vesicles on these thalli, which allows it to float and especially to capture light. It is appropriate to specify that wrack does not have a very pleasant smell and a very bad taste.
Wrack is generally found in the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel, but also in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and in the Baltic Sea. This seaweed called wrack can grow on rocks as well as on sandy soil, but not more than five meters deep. We find wrack in Brittany, very well known to swimmers. Wrack is primarily a monoecious plant, so the peculiarity is that it has separate male and female reproductive cells, but present on the same algae.
Fucus its composition
Wrack contains many compounds that make it particularly interesting, first of all, it includes many vitamins, with vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 as well as vitamin C. also contains fibers that are not assimilated by the body, such as polysaccharides including alginate. Wrack is also rich in trace elements and minerals with copper, as well as chromium, zinc and selenium, manganese, and also iron and iodine.
Fucus and its medicinal virtues
Wrack, despite its somewhat engaging taste, is one of the most remarkable foods in weight loss research. First of all, wrack is an appetite suppressant, in fact, once ingested, it increases its volume in the stomach, bringing incredible satiety. In addition, fucus allows in weight loss diets to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals, which avoids this fatigue during diets, and to stimulate the body and its immune defenses, it is therefore ideal in the problems of overweight, and obesity. The fucus restores the intestinal transit, thanks to a daily consumption and can even in the cases of constipation, be a laxative of the most delicate. By its high iodine content, wrack stimulates the secretions which concern thyroid hormones, and thus stabilizes the metabolism.
Fucus other uses
Did you know that wrack is an excellent fertilizer, more coveted by organic farming and very popular in English-speaking countries. The Japanese include it in their staple diet, as well as all vegetarians. Wrack is often associated with livestock feed.