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11 Sea Moss Benefits that will Change Your Life!

Sea Moss Benefits, Irish moss benefits

Sea Moss, commonly referred to as Irish Moss in the Caribbean is one of the most powerful superfoods in the Ocean. Apart from its powerful anti-inflammatory effects, this red algae is packed with Protein, Fiber, Selenium, Iodine, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Zinc.

If you've been hearing a lot about this amazing superfood lately and dying to know "what is Sea Moss good for", we've got you covered!

Before we get into the amazing health benefits of Sea Moss, let's touch on the basics. The Latin name for this algae is "Chondrus crispus", other names for it include Carageen Moss. You might also notice the ingredient Carrageenan in ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese or other processed foods. This is an extract from Irish Moss that's used as a thickening agent or emulsifier with no nutritional value. While it's a healthy addition, these products are missing out on the true advantages gained only by using the whole algae. 

Sea Moss Benefits

When it comes to marine superfoods, the benefits of Sea Moss surpass almost every other algae. They include healthy mucus membrane support, digestive health, thyroid support, weight loss, mental health and fertility. Below, we go in-depth into each one.

If you're interested in learning about other super algae, be sure to check out our articles on the health benefits of Spirulina, and Bladderwrack.

1. Rid the Body of Mucus

In addition to its heavy mineral count, Sea Moss is full of Potassium Chloride, Omega-3 fatty acids and Chlorophyll, the main nutrients responsible for dissolving inflammation or mucus in the respiratory and lymphatic system . This makes Sea Moss a natural decongestant. Even better, Sea Moss contains anti-viral and antimicrobial compounds that help the body fight off infection and boost the immune system. It's a must have for anyone with frequent allergies, or experiencing cold or flu like symptoms.

2. Thyroid Support

Most women are diagnosed with Thyroid issues in their pubescent years. Since the Thyroid is mainly responsible for regulating hormones, an imbalance can lead to fertility issues, menstrual problems and/or fibroids. These Thyroid disorders are typically caused by a lack of iodine and/or selenium. This is where Irish Moss elevates itself. It is packed with more iodine and selenium than any other food on the planet. In the Caribbean, Irish Moss is part of the local diet, it explains why significantly less women are diagnosed with Thyroid Disorders

3. Digestive Health

Because of the soothing effects of Sea Moss on the mucous membranes in the body, it works as an amazing digestive aid. It coats the stomach and helps to heal the body of ulcers. In addition, it helps to alleviate acid reflux by providing probiotics for improved gut health. Sea Moss is also packed with fiber that regulates bowel movement and alleviates gas.

4. Mood Enhancement

Sea Moss Benefits would not be so wide spread if it wasn't for its high essential mineral content. Potassium helps our body maintain healthy mental and emotional function.  A lack of it leads to anxiety, irritability, and depression. Because Potassium can't be stored, we need an adequate supply from our food. Irish Moss packs more potassium than two bananas. This makes it the premier food to boost mental health and uplift mood.

5. Fertility

In the Caribbean, Irish Moss is most commonly used as a natural aphrodisiac for men. The rich zinc content makes it ideal for boosting testosterone and male performance. In addition, it helps to increase sperm count and motility.

6. Weight Loss

Irish Moss's iodine content helps to boost metabolism and increase energy. In addition, its ability to absorb moisture and increase bulk creates the feeling of fullness, that helps to decrease appetite. The gentle laxative effect of Sea Moss, also helps to process waste through the body faster, and accelerate weight loss.

7. Packed with Essential Nutrients

Our bodies are made up of 102 essential minerals. Irish Moss contains 92 of them! In addition, it is packed with protein, beta-carotene, B-Vitamins, Pectin, Taurine ( an amino acid usually lacking in vegan or vegetarian diets) and Vitamin C--all essential nutrients that promote healthy body functions. 

8. Anemia Relief

A lack of oxygen in the blood results in lower hemoglobin levels and decreased red blood cell count. This condition is usually diagnosed as anemia. Irish Moss, which is rich iron helps to maintain a healthy red blood cell count, and fight this condition.

Another algae that helps to fight anemia is Spirulina, a green superfood packed with iron and B vitamins, click here to read more about its wonderful benefits.

9. Improve Joint Health

Sea Moss's anti-inflammatory properties help to decrease swelling in and around the joints. In addition, it soothes the soft tissue and promotes motility. This algae is a go-to for anyone suffering from Arthritis, joint pain or even athletes desiring to speed recovery after intense workouts. 

10. Speed recovery after surgery

New research has demonstrated Sea Moss' ability to strengthen connective tissue, and decrease recovery time associated with invasive procedures. Its rich nutrient profile supplies all the essentials for rebuilding and strengthening the body.

11. Prevent Radiation Poisoning

In cancer patients, the gentle laxative effects of Sea Moss not only cleanse the body, but absorb toxins associated with radiation, and expel them as well. Irish Moss' high iodine content also helps to reduce the side effects associated with radiation and chemotherapy.

How to Prepare Sea Moss

Below is a simple way and effective way to prepare Irish moss in less than 15 minutes! 

1. Wash thoroughly with water to remove salt or other impediments (Sea Moss grows wild in the ocean).

2. Blend 6 oz of Irish Moss with 32 oz of hot water for a few minutes (initially blend at low speed to prevent splashing as blender cuts through the moss). 

3. Add two cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of ginger root and blend for a few more minutes until smooth.

4. The gel can be stored up to 10 days in the refrigerator. It can also be added to smoothies or other recipes as a thickening agent.

How to use Sea Moss/Irish Moss

After preparing Sea Moss with the above method, now comes the fun part! Sea moss can be added to smoothies, dressings or sauces, baking recipes and even raw deserts. It acts as a nutrient packed thickening agent. Below is my favorite way to use it.

Irish Moss Smoothie Recipe

We use this recipe every day at our Juice Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

- 3-4 oz of Sea Moss Gel

- 12 oz of almond milk

- 1 banana

- 1 cup of ice

- 4 tablespoons of honey

- 1 teaspoon of vanilla 

Blend for 2 minutes, or till creamy

Enjoy! :)

Where to purchase Sea Moss/Irish Moss

Sea Moss is usually available at your local Caribbean super market. I always recommend the raw sea moss over the powder. If you can't find it, this super food is readily available for purchase on our website. We ship to the Unites States, United Kingdom and Canada. Click the link below to learn more.

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Irish Moss Precautions

- Though there are no reported long term effects of Irish Moss, it does have some blood thinning properties. If you are taking anticoagulant medication (blood thinners), please consult a physician before adding Sea Moss to your Diet.

- Pregnant or breast feeding mothers should abstain from consuming Irish Moss as the effects are not yet researched. 


21 comments

  • I would like to hear more of your Herbal Secrets please thank you

    Mary
  • I have drank sea Moss in the past .l would like start drink regularly,more often..

    kareme
  • i would like try irish moss.

    john houston
  • @Jan – Any way you can consume Sea Moss is beneficial, powder doesn’t need to be prepared to add to drinks, however, it will have a slightly fresh flavor. If taking raw, be sure to follow the preparation above. Not sure what the exact other ten minerals are, will have to do some research.
    @Ligelle – Since Sea Moss does possess blood thinning properties, it might not be necessary to still take the daily aspirin, however please consult your doctor before making changes.

    richard charles
  • @Sabe – It would be a great addition to the Keto Diet, very low in carbs and packed with essential nutrients

    richard charles

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