Ascophyllum nodosum

Ascophyllum nodosum is a type of brown algae that grows in the North Atlantic basin 1. It contains many nutrients, including amino acids, polysaccharides and a number of vitamins and minerals 2. Ascophyllum nodosum is used as a source of the essential mineral iodine in dietary supplements.


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  2. Aaronson S. Algae. The Cambridge World History of Food. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 2000:231-49.