Sea moss, the amazingly beneficial ‘super-food’ that everyone wants to get their hands on, is basically a type of seaweed known to boost health and beautify the skin. Also known as carrageen, this seaweed is found mainly on the rocky terrain of the Atlantic coast of the British Isles, and also around Europe and parts of North America.
More commonly known as Irish sea moss, the latter has been used in various cultures for thousands of years for its stand-out benefits in terms of fighting illnesses, infections and overall improving one’s wellbeing. Sea moss has been used for generations in Ireland, Jamaica and Scotland mainly as a form of folk medicine to help enhance immunity and fight off cold.
In various cultures, sea moss is served as a drink, combined with boiled water, milk, sugar or honey. Mostly not eaten as it is, most people process it to develop a gel-like consistency and use that as a thickening agent for curry’s and desserts, such as smoothies and sponge cakes. These days, sea moss is mostly available in powered form to be sprinkled on salads, etc., or as a pill to be taken as a daily dietary supplement.
What Makes Sea Moss So Amazing?
Here are some of the reasons why sea moss has become the latest dietary craze:
- Sea moss can help soothe the respiratory tract, helping to avoid cold and flu-related infections.
- Since it is a prebiotic (a type of dietary fiber that helps to enhance the healthy bacteria in the gut) it aids and supports digestion and helps maintain optimal functioning of the digestive tract.
- Sea moss contains folate, which is important for pre-natal health and development.
- Sea moss is high in iodine, which is essential for promoting the proper development of breast tissue. Moreover, iodine also serves as a super fuel for the thyroid gland, helping it function properly to regulate metabolism, and promote bone and brain development during pregnancy and in infancy.
- Sea moss contains a large amount of immune-boosting nutrients such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, which help fight off cold and flu symptoms.
- Sea moss possesses anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, helping with issues such as acne and aging skin. It is also rich in sulfur, which helps lower levels of microorganisms present on the skin and soothes inflammation.
- Sea moss also contains our body’s requirement of essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent nutrient deficiencies, hydrates the skin, and promotes healthy cell functioning.
Bottom line: Sea moss is a folk remedy that has persisted through many generations, pretty much guaranteeing its lauded health benefits. So why not try it out and see the results for yourself!