The Benefits of Organic Sea Moss
If you’re just hearing about this mysteriously beneficial plant, you may be curious as to how you can take advantage of this powerful sea moss within your diet.
Sea moss is a spiny sea kelp that has been harvested for years and used as both a nutrient dense supplement as well as a thickening agent in many recipes.
This article was designed to share with you the many potential benefits of sea moss, its nutritional content as well as how to prepare and use in recipes.
Sea moss, scientifically classified as Chondrus crispus, is a type of algae or seaweed. This algae grows in waters along the rocky Atlantic coasts, primarily between North America and Europe.
This edible sea plant is similar to other familiar leafy sea vegetables such as kelp or dulse.
Sea moss can come in multiple colors including green, yellow, purple, red, brown, and black varieties.
However, the most common varieties sold are generally red moss also known as Irish moss, because it is harvested off the warmer coasts of Ireland.
Common Forms of Organic Sea Moss
Organic sea moss can be purchased in it’s raw form (sun-dried) or to save prep time, sea moss is also available in convenient gel and powder (capsule) forms.
Organic Sea Moss Gel
Sea moss gel can be used as part of your diet or used in your skincare routine as a mask or added to your lotions.
Organic sea moss gel can be purchased or you can make it yourself using raw sea moss as the base.
- In order to create sea moss gel, start by rinsing the dried sea moss thoroughly. Fresh sea moss smells just like the sea, and you’ll want to keep rinsing until the smell is almost completely gone.
- Then submerge the rinsed sea moss in a bowl of warm water. Place a towel or plate over the bowl to lock in the heat and allow the sea moss to soak for 2 hours.
- After this time has elapsed, you’ll want to thoroughly rinse the sea moss again, this time the ocean smell should be completely rinsed away. At this stage, you will have full hydrated organic sea moss in it’s raw form. You can use this sea moss in smoothies or continue to turn it into a convenient gel.
- To turn it into a gel, place the hydrated sea moss into a blender then add a tablespoon of water while pulsing the sea moss until you reach your desired consistency.
*Pro tip: If you are intending on using sea moss gel as a thickener, you’ll want to use less water and keep the gel thick in consistency.
Once you have your sea moss gel, you can store it in the fridge for up to two weeks or in your freezer for up to six months. Organic sea moss is virtually flavorless and can be used in a number of recipes but because it acts as a thickener, it is an ideal ingredient in:
- Baked Goods
Organic Sea Moss Powder and Capsules
You can find sea moss in a capsule form, or simply add organic sea moss powder to your smoothie recipes. Powder and capsules make it easier for the average on the go consumption.
What’s the Difference? Organic vs. Wildcrafted Sea Moss
Wildcrafted sea moss will have the most nutrients and benefits, because it is pulled straight from the coasts they naturally thrive in.
However, today many ‘organic’ suppliers have found ways to grow this algae in artificial salt tanks and pools. While the packaging may say “organic” this farmed sea moss is typically deficient in those beneficial nutrients and minerals found in wild harvested varieties.
Also, farmed organic sea moss is often full of preservatives, to improve shelf life, but in some cases it can leave the sea moss with an unpleasing chemical smell. Moreover, cultivating the algae in artificial salt pools can leave the sea moss with a salty taste which is not typical of the wild sea moss.
Always check the packaging before you purchase sea moss in any form and ensure it was harvested from a reputable source to get the maximum benefits.
How Much Sea Moss Should I Consume in a Day?
Remember, a little goes a long way when it comes to using sea moss in your daily routines. A healthy serving of sea moss is no more than two tablespoons a day.
Sea moss is an excellent source of iodine, however, be careful not to consume too much iodine. Having too much iodine in your diet can lead to thyroid issues such as goiters or an enlarged thyroid. Stick to the recommended serving size to avoid any issues.
Benefits Associated with Organic Sea Moss
Sea moss contains natural vitamins and nutrients our bodies need
Sea moss is known for having a large amount of essential minerals and vitamins our bodies need to function at peak performance. That’s why sea moss is quickly becoming recognized as the ‘powerhouse’ vegetable. This plant is known to be packed with the following key nutrients, to support an overall healthy lifestyle.
- Vitamin B2 & B12
- Vitamin C
Sea moss can boost your energy levels
Sea moss is full of iron, containing about 2 milligrams of iron per 25 grams (~2 tablespoons). Iron is used by our bodies to make hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is a red blood cell protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body and myoglobin is a protein that provides oxygen to the muscles. When we are iron deficient we become sluggish and fatigued. By adding sea moss supplements to your diet you may notice an improvement in energy levels over time.
3. Sea moss can promote natural weight loss
Sea moss contains natural iodine, a vital thyroid hormone precursor that is essential for a healthy thyroid function, as well as your body’s metabolism. Over time, this supplement can aid in your weight loss goals.
4. Sea moss can give you vibrant skin and hair
Sea moss is a great addition to most skincare routines because it is rich in sulfur. When applied directly as a gel mask, it can eliminate unwanted microorganisms that lead to acne, while also moisturizing your skin. Additionally, sea moss contains natural collagen, which keeps your skin looking and feeling young. Sea moss may also be used as an effective conditioner for your hair.
Sea moss can help build a healthy immune system
Given the current health situation, maintaining a healthy immune system is forefront on our minds. Sea moss is an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral superfood containing potassium chloride, which helps the body reduce inflammation. This vitamin is known to lower the risk of infections due to its positive effects on the overall immune system.
Improved gut health and digestion
Organic sea moss acts a natural prebiotic for your gut, allowing good bacteria to thrive while providing fiber to promote colon and digestive health.
Sea moss can improve muscle-building abilities
Organic sea moss contains the essential amino acid taurine, which is used when building muscle and burning fat rather than carbs. This supplement is perfect added to your post-workout smoothie.