red algae on the sand

What is red algae?

red algae on the sand
red algae underwater

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Yes! Although not in a lot of food products, you can sometimes eat red algae.

And if you’re a fan of sushi, you’re in luck. Nori is a sea vegetable that is a form of red algae which is commonly used to wrap around sushi or added to soups and salads.

While red algae has a variety of different health benefits, there are a few people who should avoid it:

  • People taking warfarin or other blood-thinning medications as the vitamin K contents may interfere
  • People with an overactive thyroid due to the iodine contents
  • More research is needed on the effects on pregnant or breastfeeding women

While red algae supplements are safe when taking the recommended dosage and with the advice from a medical professional, there is a chance that it could cause some side effects. These include:

  • Goiter
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort

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Bhupesh Panchal

Bhupesh Panchal,
Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.