Aug 12 , 2021
If this the first time you've ever heard about sea moss, congratulations because you are not alone! And if it isn’t, you will learn something new about sea moss, I promise!
First clue, many of us start our days with sea moss without even knowing it!
What is sea moss?
Sea moss is not a new ocean vegetable that was just discovered yesterday; however, it has recently gained a lot of attention in the vitamin and supplement world after some celebrities mentioned it in their daily diets. This has been a tipping point and has created quite the craze on the Internet.
Sea moss as mentioned above is a type of ocean vegetable which is found along the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It's common names are Irish moss or red seaweed. It's scientific or botanical name is Chrondrus Crispus (C.Crispus). Quite a togue-twister, isn’t it!
Before sea moss was used in the food industry during World War II, sea moss was used as mattress stuffing! Cattle feed! And printing! It was famously as “poverty food”. Just like lobster was used to be poor people food by the sea. (not anymore!)
History behind sea moss
Why do you think the sea moss is called Irish moss? Bingo, you got it! Because it relates to Irish Ireland and played a role in Irish’s culture and history. As many of you may know, the Irish were plagued by the Irish Potato famine in the 1840's, sadly many lives were lost and many more were forced to flee or find alternative food sources.
This is where Sea Moss makes its debut! Sea Moss as found to be a viable alternate food source for struggling Irish families. Many of these families eventually immigrated to America and continued to grow Sea Moss off the coast of Scituate, Massachusetts. They are first people to start the carrageenan industry, and later to compete with agar after World War II. This is how the American Sea Moss industry was born!
How do you use sea moss? 5 common ways you may already be using Sea Moss
Remember the first clue up there? Have you figured out how many of us are already starting our day with sea moss as part of the routine? …
We start our day by brushing our teeth and eating yogurt for breakfast, etc. These products contain carrageenan to stabilize and smooth out the texture of our favorite products. And carrageenan is extracted from … drum roll please! Yes, now you got it! Sea Moss!
These are 4 common ways to use sea moss.
1. Raw dried sea moss
Many places, including Ireland, Scotland and the USA have their own ways of using raw sea moss in drink and food. The sea moss is boiled and then strained before added into milk. The finished product is jelly, like panna cotta!
Sea moss gel is popular among house cooks and beauty bloggers. You can buy dry sea moss and soak it in water overnight. To get rid of the ocean smell and taste, add some lemon juice in the soaking water. The sea moss will be ready to put in a blender in the morning. The finished product is similar to jelly and can be used as a natural thickening agent. You can add this gel in your smoothies, your stew, and even pudding!
Another way to use it is put the sea moss gel directly onto your skin. It can be the perfect face mask for skincare and also soothe sunburn from a day at the beach! How convenient is that!
! Warning: All natural Sea Moss gel with no preservatives can expire quickly, do not use for more than 2 weeks and check the gel before every use for contamination.
Dried sea moss capsules retain the same benefits for your health when used as a supplement. It is combined with 2 or more organic ingredients to enhance absorption such as bladder wrack or burdock root.
I believe this is the safest form of sea moss to use as it is dried completely. There will be no chance for humidity or water contamination to damage our sea moss!
Sea moss cream is extremely popular on Etsy among homemade skincare products. They can be excellent and provide you with all the benefits of Sea Moss that you are looking for. However use caution when using these products. Homemade creams may not be as stable as products you can buy at your supermarket which can lead to a shorter shelf life. Normally 2-4 weeks at most!
The reason for concern comes from the fact we use water as solvent ingredient in skincare products, to provide hydration to the skin. We can’t see this but there are usually microorganisms and waterborne bacteria in the water. Plus, every time we use our fingers to touch the cream, there is a 100% chance we will “contaminate” the homemade cream we just bought!
Many of these homemade products for sale are great, and safe to use, when used properly. However, as with any homemade good, these products do not go through rigorous testing for safety and product stability, so always protect yourself by carefully inspecting any homemade products or creams before using them on your skin. We love Sea Moss but we love safety more!
5. Food stabilizer and thickener
Carrageenan, the substance is extracted from sea moss, is used as a stabilizer in food industry. It gives our food a smooth feeling and texture.
What are the health benefits of sea moss?
1. Sea moss supports heart health with antioxidants
Sea moss and other sea vegetables are rich in antioxidant minerals such as zinc and manganese that support heart health and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Sea moss and other types of seaweeds contains measurable amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and E to support skin health.
2. Sea moss supports thyroid health
Iodine in sea moss can support thyroid health. Thyroid disorders can be caused by inadequate iodine and selenium levels. This is a category where sea moss and other sea vegetables really shine! About 2tbs of Sea moss contains 299% daily value of iodine!
3. Sea moss has healthy concentration of iron
1 tbs of sea vegetable can contain from 3 milligrams to 20 milligrams of iron. Pregnant women in Asian countries eat a lot of seaweed in their diet during their pregnancy period. It provides an amazing source of iron that the baby will need.
4. Sea moss supports digestive health
Sea moss is a good source of live bacteria and fiber, which both support a healthy gut. Our bodies cannot digest fiber, it will be passed down into the intestine and absorb water to soften stool. The undigested fiber binds together so the intestinal muscles can push the waste out of the body.
Disclaimer: Do not exceed recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under age of 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement.