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Caption: Rockweed (Fucus vesiculosus), an algae that grows in the upper intertidal zone. Derivatives of Fucus can be found in many dietary supplements as it reportedly has medicinal qualities. It may aid in treatment of ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, digestion, hypertension, and obesity. The most common application of Fucus has been in the form of tablets and patches used for weight loss. Fucus reportedly speeds up metabolism, is beneficial for nutrient uptake in cells, may control the production of hormones (thyroid), as it contains large amounts of iodine. Fucus is also found in many commercial products such as mud masks and hair care products.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, alternative medicine, botany, dietary supplement, dietary supplements, fucus, fucus vesiculosus, herbal treatment, medicinal herbs, medicine, natural remedy, nature, plant, preparations, remedies, rockweed, seaweed, therapy

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