The Benefits of Sea Moss
Sea moss is a spiny sea vegetable similar to seaweeds and sea algae. Did you know it has many minerals and vitamins, plus antioxidants with overall health benefits? However, be careful to not consume too much.
Sea moss is primarily harvested for use in health supplements and as a thickening ingredient in commercial foods.
If you are curious about learning more about sea moss supplements, keep reading below!
What is Sea Moss?
Sea moss, scientifically known as Chondrus crispus, is a type of algae or seaweed. It grows in waters along the rocky Atlantic coasts, primarily between North America and Europe.
It’s an edible sea plant similar to other seaweeds, algae, and other familiar leafy sea vegetables like kelp or dulse.
Sea moss grows in a number of colors, such as various shades of green, yellow, purple, red, brown, and black.
The most common varieties that grow in the warmer waters are generally red and often called Irish moss.
Nutrients of Sea Moss
Red seaweeds like sea moss contain an array of vitamins and minerals. They’re naturally low in calories, fat, and sugar, and they contain a small amount of plant protein.
A 4-tablespoon ( 20-gram) serving of raw Irish sea moss provides the following:
- Calories: 10
- Protein: 0.5 grams
- Total fat: 0 grams
- Total carbs: 3 grams
- Fiber: 0.5 grams
- Total sugar: 0 grams
- Calcium: 1% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Iron: 10% of the DV
- Magnesium: 7% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 2% of the DV
- Zinc: 4% of the DV
- Copper: 3% of the DV
Like other sea vegetables, sea moss is also a naturally good source of iodine, a micronutrient necessary for thyroid health.
Additionally, red seaweeds like sea moss are full of antioxidants, which are compounds that help protect your cells from disease-causing oxidative damage.
Benefits of Using Sea Moss
Some of the main potential benefits of using sea moss may include:
- May support thyroid health
- May support immunity
- May improve gut health
- May help support weight loss
- May promote heart health
- May improve blood sugar management
- Anecdotal benefits for fertility
The potential health benefits of sea moss are promising, ,however it’s important to note that most of the research is based on seaweed and not sea moss specifically. The studies were also conducted in test tubes or animals, not in humans. Therefore, scientists need to do much more human research on the health effects of sea moss. Stay tuned for more information as time goes on.
Uses of Sea Moss
Today sea moss is mainly used as a source of vitamins and minerals to benefit overall health.
Most commonly find it in supplement form; some supplement companies sell it in raw form, as a gel or powder, or as an oral capsule or gummy.
- Overall well-being
- Digestive health
- Joint Health
How to Use It
- Supplement form
- Powder form
- Make a gel at home and add to smothies/shakes
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