Jul 01 , 2021

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What is sea moss? 4 tips and thoughts on selecting sea moss

What is sea moss?

Sea moss is a type of ocean vegetable which is found along the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Its common names are Irish moss or red seaweed. Its scientific name is Chrondrus Crispus (C.Crispus). Quite a togue-twister, isn’t it!

Before sea moss was used in the food industry, sea moss was used as mattress stuffing! Cattle feed! And for printing! It was commonly known as a “poverty food”. Just like lobster, it was originally used by the poor, as a cheap food source from the sea. (not anymore!)

For the purpose of clarification, Sea moss or Irish moss in this blog, refers to Chrondrus Crispus.

irish sea moss

Different types of Sea Moss? Chondrus Crispus vs. Genus Gracilaria vs. Eucheuma Cottonii.

There are thousands of types of sea mosses in the sea; however, there are 3 common types commercially used that you could find in America.

Chrondrus Crispus

Genus Gracilaria

Eucheuma Cottonii 

Distribution

In the cold oceans in America, Canada, and Iceland

In the warm ocean in Japan, Korea, Philippines

In the warm ocean in the Indo-Pacific regions, Philippines, Tanzania, Kiribati.

Color

Red to Purple

Red to Yellow-ish

Green-ish to Brown

Shape

Flat-Fan shape

Finger shape

Finger shape

 

Wildcrafted sea moss vs. pool grown sea moss

Wildcrafted sea moss grows in a natural environment – the open ocean. The purpose of wild harvesting is to make sure the sea moss grows in healthy environments with no contamination, and to have less human intervention.

Pool grown sea moss is grown in artificial water area filled with brine. Sea moss farms replicate the motion of the ocean with machines.

 

4 Tips and thoughts on selecting sea moss

Taking sea moss as a supplement is a great way to get natural vitamins and minerals from our beautiful oceans.

You can be a smart buyer if you look carefully into the sea moss brand you are buying.

  1. Product’s name: If you are buying capsule supplement, you can first look at the name of the sea moss. You want to buy Chrondrus Crispus, not Genus Gracilaria.
  2. Stamps: Check if the product has the organic stamps from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or at the state level, e.g Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) to protect yourself from low-grade and low-quality sea moss in the market. USDA are in reviews two types of certified organic sea vegetables certifications, referred to as “aquaculture” or “mariculture”. I don’t know when they will approve two (2) stamps for aquaculture products but keep an eye on those as well.
  3. Local brands: Wild-harvested is good but not enough as there are parts of the ocean also contaminated. We don’t know where they grow the sea moss. Instead of looking for wild-harvested, you can look for local brand where you live or part of the country that is famous for growing clean product. You live there, you know how the environment around you and the water around you. That would be better than wild-harvested claims. E.g. Maine is famous for lobster.
  4. Quality: Remember, sea moss is also used as a component of physical goods and animal feed. Those use cases often use lower grade sea vegetable sources.  Shop around and make sure to find quality sources of sea moss before you buy, avoid the bargain bin to find high quality, healthy, and safe for Human consumption products.

You are the decision maker in the end. Be mindful of what you put into your body!

How much sea moss to take daily? And when is the best time to take sea moss

You can take 2 sea moss pills everyday if it is in capsule form. Follow your product’s instructions receive the most benefits out of it.

Unlike some supplements, you can take it any time! Very convenient, isn’t it?

kolla sea moss

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.


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