More nutritional information on red algae (Rhodophyta)

Active Ingredients in red algae:

Rhodophyta (red algae) contains: Approximately 18.2% ash.

Minerals include: ascorbic acid (0.012%); calcium (0.6%); alpha-carotene; beta-carotene; chromium (0.002%); cobalt (0.015%); alpha-cryptoxanthin; beta-cryptoxanthin; iodine; iron (0.08%); lutein; magnesium; manganese; niacin (0.003%); phosphorus (0.4%); potassium (2.3%); protein (13.3%); riboflavin (0.0001%); selenium (0.003%); silicon (0.004%); sodium (9.9%); thiamin (0.0002%); tin (0.003%); zeaxanthin; and zinc (0.004%).

Rhodophyta also contains desmosterol (5,24-Cholestadien-3beta-ol).

Suggested Amount:

• Rhodophyta is most often eaten as a dry food snack or used as a spice or more liberally as a sea vegetable in soups and broths.

• For medicinal purposes, 5-10 grams of Rhodophyta can safely be used daily (1-2 teaspoons prepared as an infusion).


Traditional usage of red algae:
• Antioxidant
• Cellular Regeneration
• Constipation
• Cleansing
• Detoxifying
• Expelling Placenta (externally)
• Goiter
• Headache (externally)
• Health Tonic
• Laxative
• Iodine Deficiency
• Mineral Deficiencies
• Poultice/Plaster
• Scurvy
• Skin Problems (externally)
• Vermifuge
• Vitamin Deficiencies
• Weight loss
• Worms
• Wound Healing (External)


• Rhodophyta is most often used medicinally as an iodine extract. Standardized iodine extracts of Rhodophyta or other seaweeds should be taken according to the dosage of iodine required and only under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner or physician.

• For use externally as a plaster, macerate Rhodophyta fronds with a small amount of water and apply wet for tightening to occur while drying.