HEALTHY LIVING: THE BENEFITS OF SEA MOSS (IRISH SEA MOSS)

seamoss2Sea Moss is a tough, stringy red, yellow, or purple seaweed that grows up to six inches high on rocks in tidal pools along the northern Atlantic. Because it grows on rocks, it absorbs many of the minerals and other key nutrients from the rocks themselves. Sea Moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve catarrhs (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It also contains compounds which act as natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to get rid of infections.

Sea Moss or Irish Moss is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin K, Calcium and Copper, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Manganese. it can be used in shakes, as a health drink, as a thickener ingredient for cakes, ice cream, gravies, etc. Also, it can be used like Jell-O or simply eaten raw.

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ENHANCES THYROID FUNCTION

Irish moss is a potent stimulator of thyroid function. Studies show that this benefit is thanks to the way sea moss enhances an important hormone known as thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).

TSH is naturally released from the pituitary and acts directly on the thyroid gland, leading to the synthesis and release of thyroid hormone. As a result, it can be used to manage a variety of conditions affecting the thyroid such decreased production of TSH. Irish sea moss also contains iodine and selenium, both of which are essential to the synthesis of thyroid hormones. It is these precursors that provoke the release of thyroid stimulating hormone in the first place.

EASES JOINT PAIN

The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties naturally found in sea moss provides an effective remedy for joint pain. Joint pain relief by sea moss is thanks to potassium iodide and potassium bromide, which are natural components of moss plants.

BOOSTS METABOLISM

There are many metabolic regulators in the body, most of which are hormones. In this category, thyroid hormones play a key role. As mentioned previously, Irish sea moss significantly boosts the synthesis of thyroid hormone due to its rich iodine content, thereby boosting metabolism as well. Not only that, but the iron content of this red algae facilitates rapid and efficient transport of oxygen to tissues to help meet metabolic demands. Iron also augments the metabolic activity of certain enzymes responsible for digestion.

SUPPORTS IMMUNE SYSTEM (AND FIGHTS INFECTION)

Good news during flu season – Irish moss also contains bioactive compounds with potent antimicrobial effects. The most notable are sulfated polysaccharides (SP). As to the nature of its effects on the immune system, this study showed that Irish moss supports the three major subcategories of immunity:

  • cell-mediated immunity
  • humoral immunity
  • immune-related gene responses

According to the study, it does so by increasing the count of almost all blood cell types. On top of that, it supports certain physiologic barriers to infection such as lysozymes and defensins.

SUPPORTS HEART HEALTH

Disorders of the heart and cardiovascular system, in general, are due to some sort of issue in regulating blood flow. Moss seaweed reduces the possibility of suffering from heart conditions such as angina due to its ability to boost blood flow and improve oxygen delivery to tissues. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent oxidative destruction of blood vessels and tissue cells by free radicals.

HELPS CONTROL APPETITE

By suppressing our appetite centers, Irish sea moss helps control cravings, decreasing the chance of eating too much. It’s also very low in calories while still providing an array of nutrients.

PROVIDES REMARKABLE NUTRITION

Speaking of nutrients, recent studies have shown that Irish moss contains 92 out of the 102 essential minerals required by the body. However, the most outstanding component of Irish moss is its sulfur-containing amino acid called taurine. According to current studies, it is the only seaweed that offers such a rich source of taurine. This is especially welcome news for vegetarians and/or vegans whose diets tend to lack taurine.  

Irish moss also contains an abundance of beta carotene, pectin, proteins, fiber, sulfur, almost all the necessary minerals, plus vitamin C and B vitamins. This incredibly varied and rich nutrition is what makes sea moss so beneficial for various illnesses. 

Irish Sea moss is among the world’s best options for reversing malnutrition as quickly and easily as possible.

PROMOTES MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

The mental health support of Irish moss is attributed to its dense amount of potassium. Generally, the cells of the body have no definite mechanism of conserving potassium, yet they cannot survive without it.

Using potassium supplementation from products like Irish sea moss has been studied and proven to be beneficial, especially in children with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Besides ADHD, potassium supplementation has also been proven to benefit mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, moodiness, and agitation.

A NATURAL DECONGESTANT

Being rich in potassium chloride, sea moss is also effective in breaking down excess mucus caused by conditions that inflame the mucus membranes.

Thanks to this characteristic, sea moss is able to naturally alleviate congestion in the sinuses and lungs, being especially helpful in cases of the common cold, pneumonia or bronchitis.

SOOTHES THE DIGESTIVE TRACT

Products rich in fiber are the most beneficial for the digestive system, and sea moss is a perfect example of this. Ideally, it works by eliciting mild laxative effects while also managing inflammatory disorders of the gut. Common gastrointestinal conditions such as gastritis, indigestion, heartburn, and nausea can be effectively managed with simple Irish sea moss.

SUPPORTS SEXUAL HEALTH

Zinc and other minerals play an important role in healthy reproductive systems. Since this type of red algae boasts a superior mineral profile, Irish moss is great for improving sexual desire and alleviating feminine dryness.

SKINCARE

Sea Moss also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anticoagulant activities. Also used to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and burns. Irish moss can help to rehydrate dry skin and leave it feeling smooth and supple.