Everything You Need to Know About Sea Moss: Nature’s Most Nutrient Dense Powerhouse
According to archaeologists, Sea Moss, specifically Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), has been used for its powerful healing benefits for approximately 14,000 years dating back to 600 BC.
Sea Moss was especially crucial during the Irish Potato Famine in the 1800s when people needed to supplement vital nutrients to survive. Back then, the Irish believed this naturally growing algae would cure sick calves, human colds & flus, and congestion.
Today, Sea Moss is still being enjoyed worldwide for its nutritional benefits and natural properties that nourish the body and mind.
What is Sea Moss?
Sea Moss is a sea vegetable that comes in Gold, Purple, Green and Red varieties. Due to its wide range of health benefits, Sea Moss is primarily used by humans as a natural supplement.
Found in both, tropical and colder oceans, Sea Moss is an edible sea plant and can be likened to other one’s humans consume like seaweed, algae and other leafy vegetables such as kelp. Sea Moss is an algae but actually looks a lot more like seaweed.
Each variety is potent, pure and reported to contain a multitude of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids our bodies need to function at optimal levels, including vitamin A, B, C, E and minerals like Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Potassium, Iodine and Calcium to name a few.
There are three main types of Sea Moss species: Eucheuma Cottonii, Gracilaria, and Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), all of which are closely related with similar benefits but slightly different tastes.
We find that the darker the moss, the stronger the flavour is.
Sea Moss Nutrition
Sea moss is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and is a rich source of many vitamins, minerals, polyunsaturated fats and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Nutritionally, sea moss is low in calories and sugar, and contains a small amount of protein. Like other seaweeds, it’s low in fat, but it is polyunsaturated fat, which is a nutritious type of healthy fat that may help reduce cholesterol levels.
A small serving of 2 tablespoons (10 grams) of sea moss typically has:
|Total fat||0.02 grams|
|Dietary fiber||0.13 grams|
The iron and magnesium content in sea moss is what really stands out. Just 28g of sea moss contains 14% of the daily value of iron, an essential mineral required for healthy red blood cells. And 28g provides 10% of the daily value for magnesium, a mineral involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
Why is Sea Moss good for you?
Sea Moss is widely known for its multitude of health benefits as it is rich in many vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy.
It’s been reported all over the world that Sea Moss contains 92 out of the 102 minerals the human body needs. The Top 10 Minerals that Sea Moss contains include:
Sea Moss also contains Vitamins like B Vitamins, A, C, D and E. Plus, an abundance of other trace minerals that together, work to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Many people begin incorporating Sea Moss into their daily diet as it may contain properties that can help aid in weight loss. Although it can’t be labelled as a direct, standalone way of losing weight, Sea Moss contains multiple properties that may aid in:
- Regulating your appetite
- Influencing your fat metabolism
- Modulating your guts good bacteria
Sea Moss may help regulate your appetite by helping increase your feeling of fullness when eating. This is primarily because of the naturally occurring carrageenan that seamoss contains.
The 102 Minerals our Body needs for optimal Health!
The Human body is amazing and capable of absorbing all the Minerals and Vitamins that it needs to strive.
Due to our busy lives we often find ourselves not being able to provide our bodies all the needed minerals and vitamins; supplementing with nutrient dense superfoods is the perfect way to support our mind and body.
How Do I Use Sea Moss?
Sea Moss is super easy and delicious to consume!
The gels are extremely versatile and you can use it in the following forms.
- Straight off the spoon: our favourite way
- Drink Sea Moss Gel daily and mix it with water or juice
- Blend in smoothies: makes them thicker and creamier
- For breakfast to boost the nutritional content; in yoghurt, cereal or with fruit salad
- Raw Desserts; acts as a natural plant-based gelatine
- In dips, like guacamole and hummus
- Made in ice cubes for drinks or ice blocks for kids