FULL BENEFITS OF SEA MOSS
You might have seen or heard of irish sea moss but do you really know what it is? Sea moss is commonly added to food or simply taken daily as a nutritional supplement. This blog will share everything you need to know about the benefits of Irish sea moss.
Sea moss is a sea algae that is commonly found along the Atlantic coast and Caribbean's. It is a sea vegetable that is harvested for its health properties. Sea moss is often described as spiny and red. Although this is true, the color of sea moss depends on where it is harvested from. The climate and water temperatures that the sea moss is grown in. You might see sea moss that is green, yellow, purple, brown, and black.
Nutrition of Sea Moss
The US Department of Agriculture FoodData Central released the final nutritional data for Irish sea moss in 2018. 2 tablespoons of sea moss is equivalent to 10 grams. Sea moss is low in calories , fat and sugar and contains some plant proteins.
Here are the approximate nutritional values for 2 tablespoons (10g) of sea moss :
protein: 0.2 g
fat: 0 g
carbohydrates: 1.2 g
sugars: 0.07 g
There are vitamins and minerals in sea moss as well. Here are the approximate vitamins and minerals in 2 tablespoons (10g) of sea moss :
calcium: 7.2 milligrams (mg)
magnesium: 14.4 mg
phosphorous: 15.7 mg
potassium: 6.3 mg
iron: 0.9 mg
zinc: 0.2 mg
copper: 0.02 mg
manganese: 0.04 mg
Not only is sea moss rich in vitamins and minerals but it is also a great source for energy. There is about 20.5 kJ (kilojoule) of energy in 10 grams of sea moss. A single espresso shot contains about 16kJ. However, the energy in sea moss is natural and does not have the drowsy effect like coffee does. A returning customer said that “I love sea moss it’s great for anything you’re looking for. Health, energy, etc. I purchased myself & my son some. Product is great. The more purchased the least expensive it is. I’m a frequent shopper when it comes to being healthy.” - sharon calhoun C.
Uses for Sea Moss
Similar to seaweed and other sea vegetables , sea moss can be consumed. It has been commonly used around the regions where it is grown throughout history. But now it is being used around the world for the vitamins and minerals that benefit a person's overall health.
The most common forms of sea moss right now are as supplements. You can find raw sea moss that you can make into a gel. Check out our blog on how to make raw sea moss into a gel. You can also find sea moss in the form of capsules, powder, gel and gummy bears. Currently on the market you can find sea moss capsules with bladderwrack, and burdock root. The idea behind combining these ingredients is to help increase immunity, thyroid, and joint health.
Sea moss is a natural source for carrageenan. Carrageenan is used by companies as a thickening agent for ice creams, cottage cheeses, non-dairy milks, and even baby formulas. Adding sea moss to your smoothies, soups, or porridges will increase the nutritional value of your meals.
Like most supplements there are targeted benefits of sea moss. The benefits are similar to seaweed and other sea algae that are grown in the same environment as sea moss. In this section I will be sharing the known benefits as well as results that were shared by our customers.
Thyroid support is one of the most common benefits of sea moss. Sea moss, like most seafoods and sea vegetables, is rich in iodine. This is ideal for thyroid support because our body uses iodine to make thyroid hormones, which then helps grow and repair the damaged cells in the thyroid gland. Another benefit of iodine is a healthy metabolism.
Supporting weight loss is another benefit of adding sea moss into your daily routine. Sea moss is rich in fiber which helps with staying full and not overeating. That is why it is recommended to add sea moss into your morning coffee or tea. Sea moss also contains a compound called fucoxanthin that breaks down and metabolizes fat. Although sea moss helps support weight loss, it does not make you lose weight. You should still eat healthy and exercise while taking sea moss. A testimony from a customer who takes our organic sea moss and bladderwrack/burdock capsules said that they saw their waist slimming down. Josh A. said “I feel like I have more energy and my waist is slimming down.”
Blood pressure benefits also come with consuming sea moss daily. Irish sea moss is known to be the best plant based source of omega 3 fatty acids along with seaweed. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for a healthy heart and lowering high blood pressure. Sea moss also is said to help a diabetics body respond to insulin more effectively, which in return controls and sometimes prevents the blood sugar spikes or crashes they experience. Testimony from Nathaniel O. who has been taking our organic sea moss for 3 months now stated his blood pressure has “lowered tremendously.”
Gut health is another big reason why many people take sea moss. The dietary fibers in sea moss make it a great source to feed the body of healthy bacteria. Healthy bacteria are great for the intestines and your gut microbiome. Acting as a prebiotic for your body , sea moss helps support and keep your gut healthy.
Fertility is probably the most common benefit that sea moss is used for. In the Caribbean islands sea moss is known as a “magic sex potion”. It is explained that algae is great for fertility. Sea moss is consumed by many people as an additional source to increase fertility. It is a natural form of energy and sexual enhancer. Sea moss is said to increase testosterone and sperm counts in men. Local men in the Caribbean use sea moss as an aphrodisiac before engaging in sexual intercourse.
Immunity boost comes with taking sea moss daily. There is potassium chloride in sea moss that assists in reducing the body's inflammation. Because of its positive impact on the immune system sea moss helps lower a person's risks of infection. One of our customers stated that sea moss has been a source for their energy. “The best way to keep you immune system strong is to have two spoons of Organic Sea Moss daily. Truly a life saver.” - Savienne M Mitchell M.
Another great aspect of sea moss is that anyone can take it for their overall health. Georgette Marinda G. another customer of ours stated that she gives her kids sea moss to improve their immune systems : “This had made a huge difference in my life. I even give to my kids to help boost their immune systems.”
Some other benefits that people experience from sea moss are clearer skin and healthier hair. The sulfur content that is in sea moss causes it to act as an antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial that balances the skin microbiome. Using sea moss as a skin mask will also act as a skin tightening agent. The vitamin E in sea moss helps with hair growth. Vitamin E is an agent that targets oxidative stress, this is the main cause of hair loss for many people.
Summary of Sea Moss
Sea Moss contains essential minerals and vitamins that our body needs on a daily basis to function. Which is why sea moss is great for overall health in both women and men. Such as Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc. Iron plays an important role in immune function. Just as magnesium helps with muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. Calcium and phosphorus that is contained in sea moss helps build stronger bones and Potassium is necessary for the normal functioning of all cells. It regulates your heartbeat, ensures proper function of the muscles and nerves. Lastly, the zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.