Rhodymenia palmata

Dulse Fronds

Rhodymenia palmata

Dulse Fronds

Harvested primarily in cool waters on both sides of the Atlantic, Dulse is a red seaweed that has a long of history of consumption for its nutrition.* Dulse contains numerous trace elements required by humans, including iodine, and it also provides protein and fiber. Its color varies from dark pink to deep reddish purple.

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Traditional Health Benefits of Dulse Fronds

Energy Support, Digestive Support

What is Dulse Fronds Used for?

The minerals in Dulse Fronds help support the digestive process and the functioning of the digestive enzymes.* Dulse is also used for its inherent demulcent, or coating, properties.*

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Active Constituents of Dulse Fronds

Protein, fiber, trace elements including iodine, kainic acid, polyphenols, vitamin C, B12, amino acids, and fucose

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Additional Resources

1.) P. Allsopp et al. The effect of consuming Palmaria palmata-enriched bread on inflammatory markers, antioxidant status, lipid profile and thyroid function in a randomised placebo-controlled intervention trial in healthy adults. Eur J Nutr. 2016 Aug;55(5):1951-62. doi: 10.1007/s00394-015-1011-1. Epub 2015 Aug 8. 2.) Jørgensen K et al. Kainic acid in the seaweed Palmaria palmata (dulse). Food Addit Contam Part B Surveill. 2018 Sep;11(3):198-200. doi: 10.1080/19393210.2018.1462258. Epub 2018 Apr 27. 3.) Yuan Y et al. Extracts from dulse (Palmaria palmata) are effective antioxidants and inhibitors of cell proliferation in vitro. Food Chem Toxicol. 2005 Jul;43(7):1073-81. 4.) Martínez-Hernández GB, et al. Nutritional and bioactive compounds of commercialized algae powders used as food supplements. Food Sci Technol Int. 2018 Mar;24(2):172-182. doi: 10.1177/1082013217740000. Epub 2017 Nov 7.

Important Precautions

If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs, or if you are pregnant, please consult your doctor prior to use.


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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